This package brings mechanisms for Cartesian control to the ROS-control framework.


New functionality (colored):

Colored: New contributions from this package or related


As opposed to joint-based control, Cartesian control is often more intuitive for programmers to specify how a tool (robot end-effector) should move in their application. For instance, gluing, grinding, polishing and all sorts of other surface-related tasks benefit from a straight-forward task formulation with Cartesian coordinates.

Currently, there is no support of Cartesian control in ROS. Yet, the number of OEMs, whose drivers support Cartesian control interfaces is growing. This set of packages aims at filling this gap and get you started with Cartesian control.

Major features at a glance

  • Add Cartesian functionality to ROS control. This brings new interfaces for controller design, such as a PoseCommandInterface, a TwistCommandInterface, and a new Cartesian trajectory definition. Example controllers include a TwistController and a CartesianTrajectoryController.

  • Enable Cartesian trajectory control in your applications. Specify your task comfortably with waypoints in task space. ROS-side interpolation and streaming of setpoints over the new interfaces is only one of several alternatives. See the `cartesian_control_msgs` package for details about the interface definition.

  • Use (conventional) ROS control for Cartesian trajectory execution. You don't need to change anything in the driver's HW-abstraction of your specific robot if that supports current ROS control. The position_controllers/CartesianTrajectoryController controller uses an IK solver to generate joint commands from the Cartesian trajectory during runtime. Thus, existing joint command interfaces (which should be present in most ROS-Control-enabled robot drivers) are sufficient for using this controller.

  • Hand-over control to the robot by forwarding trajectories. Two new interfaces CartesianTrajectoryInterface and JointTrajectoryInterface let robots take care of driver-side interpolation to achieve best performance. This functionality lives in a separate repository.

  • Speed-scale trajectory execution. All trajectory executions (both Cartesian and joint-based) can be speed-scaled within 0 to 100% at runtime. This gives you flexibility in setting-up new applications and during test runs. Changing this continuously even lets you reshape trajectory execution without re-teaching. This functionality lives in a separate repository but is used for controllers in this repository.

Wiki: ros_controllers_cartesian (last edited 2021-06-24 12:02:57 by FelixMauch)