ROS and MORSE tutorial ros

This is an extension of the current tutorial using the ROS as our middleware (instead of raw sockets).

The builder script is the same as the one used in the sockets tutorial. Except the part on the inteface, which in this case is ROS. You can find it in examples/tutorials/

Configuring ROS


Running the simulation

Run morse with:

morse run examples/tutorials/

In another terminal, use the rostopic, rqt_plot and rqt_graph commands to control the robot.


First, send a motion command to the robot’s MotionVW actuator:

rostopic pub -1 /atrv/motion geometry_msgs/Twist "{linear: {x: .5}, angular: {z: .5}}"
  • pub stands for publish
  • -1 will publish 1 message
  • /atrv/motion correspond to the robots’s motion controller topic
  • geometry_msgs/Twist is the message’s type
  • "{linear: {x: .8}, angular: {z: .5}}" the message in json
    • 0.8 m/s for the linear speed v
    • 0.5 rad/s for the angular speed w

Second, look at its pose:

rostopic echo -n10 /atrv/pose
  • echo will subscribe and print
  • -n10 will print 10 messages
  • /atrv/pose correspond to the robots’s pose sensor topic


Once you sent a motion command, you can plot the pose in realtime with:

rqt_plot /atrv/pose/pose/position/x,/atrv/pose/pose/position/y /atrv/pose/pose/orientation/z


in former ROS versions, this tool was called rxplot


It’s an alternative to rostopic list showing a connexion of nodes and topics.


From a terminal, start an interactive Python session typing python and paste the following code:

import rospy
from geometry_msgs.msg import PoseStamped
from geometry_msgs.msg import Twist

cmd = rospy.Publisher("/atrv/motion", Twist)
motion = Twist()
def callback(msg):
    position = msg.pose.position
        if position.x < 1:
            motion.linear.x = +0.5
        if position.x > 2:
            motion.linear.x = -0.5

rospy.Subscriber("/atrv/pose", PoseStamped, callback)
rospy.spin() # this will block untill you hit Ctrl+C

You should see the robot move forward then backward after 1m.


For more, visit ROS wiki, where you will find many well written tutorials

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