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We're building Skynet and it loves Python!

by Dhananjay Sathe (speaking)

Technical level


The Objective of this talk is to introduce you folks to Rapyuta - The RoboEarth Cloud Engine. It's the pioneering general purpose public cloud robotics platform. The talk would walk you through with the basics of cloud robotics, ROS, setting up and using the engine and give you a sneak peak into it and how you could extend and contribute to one of the most exciting projects in robotics and cloud computing today. To much excitement of like minded folks here, it's all happening in our favourite language.


Think of Driverless cars, autonomous self learning robots, robots with minds in the cloud. In common terms think of Trinity downloading the routine to fly apache in The Matrix. Until now prohibitive costs, architectural limitations , complex network setups and configurations and limitations of computing resources have hampered some really cool stuff in Robotics, Rapyuta attempts to solve these very issues. Off late we have completely revamped it and added a ton of exciting new features.

RoboEarth is one of the top projects in the EU funded by the FP7 framework with members including ETH Zurich, Tu Munich, Tu Eindhoven and others and is fully available in Open Source. It draws from the strong base and standards of ROS (www.ros.org) to bring the best of modern robotics algorithms and software to the average developers and uses some exciting new tech like lxc and websockets, yet is simple to use and configure on almost any platform from EC2, Google Compute Engine, Rackspace or even commodity hardware.

This is a general purpose talk to introduce you to Rapyuta, briefly touch on how we built it (twisted devs would love this), how you can easily use and configure it and what it does for you. I will also try to showcase some breakthrough real world application demos that were presented at ROSCON '13 at Stuttgart, that would get the geeks in us excited. There will also be some interesting pointers of how you could use it , extend it and get involved.


No specific requirements. Get along the love for python, your little pet robots and passion for science fiction. Leave behind your conspiracy theory tin hats.

Speaker bio

I am one of the core developers of Rapyuta which I built as a part of my Bachelors Thesis at ETH Zurich. Also I just completed my Electronics Bachelors at BITS Pilani, Goa. I have been developing in Python for over 6 years and hacking at other things mainly Linux for about a decade.Occasionally I contribute to a bunch of open source projects like Rapyuta, Gnome, iPython, Gnome-3-wp, Spotify-Gnome, and also Samba over the course of two Summer of Code projects. I presented a talk on GTK and Gobject Introspection at PyCon India '12 and have presented at other occasions at Google IO ext, LUG and GDG sessions.

When free I love travelling around the globe, enjoy classic rock and experimenting with new food and local brews.I love the outdoors in general and am always up for a trek, bike trip and happen to be an adrenaline junkie who revels in the kick of extreme sports.

Hopefully we will have one more of our awesome rapyuta devs with us if stuff works out !




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