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ROSCon 2019

Video recordings from ROSCon 2019

ROSCon 2019 Macau: Using ROS and Gazebo to Safely Validate and Verify Autonomous Systems

Joshua P. Hecker (Lockheed Martin)

The validation and verification of autonomous systems is both a significant hurdle and a necessary imperative for the robotics community. While pure simulation frameworks such as Gazebo or Webots may provide useful benchmarks for evaluating the performance of these systems, the ever-present reality gap inevitably casts doubt on the credibility of such benchmarks. This tutorial presents a hybrid implementation that uses existing ROS and Gazebo tools to blend physical and virtual assets into a unified, constructed environment. This new approach supports the evaluation of autonomous robotic systems in challenging real-world scenarios while minimizing the risk of damage to the system.

Video presented at ROSCon 2019. More details and slides are available at:

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