ALPES in Chile (ANDES)

ALPES was exported in Chile. There, ALPES was adapted and renamed into ANDES, thanks to Johan Fabry.

Here is the feedback of Johan about the integration of ANDES into his course:
« ANDES is doing fine, the integration with Pomodoros is working well, the students and me can track the time spent on various tasks, and now they are also doing time estimation per task and learning from that. Plus they have to switch roles at each pomodoro and I am strict about that. All the kanban boards are online on the blogs of the students so you can have a look, the links of the blogs with an explanation of each project are below. For longer-term planning they had to do a separate blog post at the beginning of each iteration (we have 2 iterations of 3 weeks each) and that works out relatively well. I will have to think about making it more physical next year because now it is a bit hidden.

  • Group 1 is making RQT_ENV, a GUI tool to manage the ROS environment variables, with validation of environment variables and easy switching between robot configurations (instead of commenting and uncommenting variables). Their latest blog post is here.
  • Group 2 is making General Teleop, the (keyboard) teleop to rule all teleops. It’s a teleop that can control any robot, it just needs to be configured with what keys should send what messages to which topics. It will come with a set of configurations, e.g. one for the Turtlebot. Their latest blog post is here.
  • Group 3 is making Rostopic Mobile: a web interface to rostopic that also includes an improved visualization a la rqt_graph. It should be usable from any web browser but the focus is on tablets and phones. Their latest blog post is here.
  • Group 4 is reimplementing rqt_graph, in a project called RQT-GraPharo, to drastically improve the usability of rqt_graph by having better interactivity with the graph and also allowing more detailed inspection, as well as sending of messages. Their latest blog post is here.