Connect to a ROS-Enabled Robot from Simulink® over ROS 2
This example shows you how to configure a Simulink model to send and receive information from a separate ROS-based simulator such as Gazebo® over ROS 2.
You can use Simulink to connect to a ROS-enabled physical robot or to a ROS-enabled robot simulator such as Gazebo. This example shows how to:
Configure Simulink to connect to a separate robot simulator using ROS 2
Send velocity commands to a simulated robot
Receive position information from a simulated robot
Here is the model you will be creating in this example.
Task 1 - Start a Gazebo Robot Simulator
In this task, you will start a ROS-based simulator for a differential-drive robot along with a ROS bridge that replays ROS messages over ROS 2 network.
Start the Ubuntu® virtual machine desktop from Virtual Machine with ROS 2 Melodic and Gazebo.
In the Ubuntu desktop, click the "Gazebo Empty" icon to start the Gazebo world.
Click on the "ROS Bridge" icon, to relay messages between ROS and ROS 2 network.
The simulator receives and sends messages on the following topics:
geometry_msgs/Twistvelocity command messages on the /cmd_vel topic.
nav_msgs/Odometrymessages to the
Task 2 - Configure Simulink to Connect to the ROS 2 Network
From the Simulation tab Prepare gallery, click ROS Network under ROS TOOLBOX.
In the Configure ROS Network Addresses dialog, under Domain ID (ROS 2), set ID to
25. This ID value matches the domain ID of the ROS 2 network on the Ubuntu virtual machine, where the messages from Gazebo in ROS network are received.
Task 3 - Send Velocity Commands To the Robot
Create a publisher that sends control commands (linear and angular velocities) to the simulator. Make these velocities adjustable by using Slider Gain blocks.
ROS uses a right-handed coordinate system, so X-axis is forward, Y-axis is left and Z-axis is up. Control commands are sent using a
geometry_msgs/Twist message, where
linear.x indicates linear forward velocity (in meters/sec), and
angular.z indicates angular velocity around the Z-axis (in radians/sec).
Open a new Simulink model.
On the Apps tab, under CONTROL SYSTEMS, click Robot Operating System.
In the ROBOT OPERATING SYSTEM (ROS) dialog, click Select a ROS Network and select Robot Operating System 2 (ROS 2).
From the ROS Toolbox > ROS 2 tab in the Library Browser, drag a Publish block to the model. Double-click the block.
Set Topic source to Specify your own. Enter
/cmd_velin the Topic field. Click Select next to Message Type, select
geometry_msgs/Twistfrom drop down list, and click OK.
From the ROS Toolbox > ROS 2 tab in the Library Browser, drop a Blank Message block to the model. Double-click the block.
Click Select next to Message type and select
Set Sample time to
0.01and click OK.
From the Simulink > Signal Routing tab in the Library Browser, drag a Bus Assignment block to the model.
Connect the output of the Blank Message block to the
Businput of the Bus Assignment block, and the
Busoutput to the input of the Publish block.
From the Modeling tab, click Update Model to ensure that the bus information is correctly propagated. Ignore the error, "Selected signal 'signal1' in the Bus Assignment block 'untitled/Bus Assignment' cannot be found in the input bus signal", if it appears. The next step will resolve this error.
Double-click the Bus Assignment block. Select
signal1in the right listbox and click Remove. In the left listbox, expand both
angularproperties. Select linear > x and angular > z and click Select. Click OK to close the block mask.
Add a Constant block, a Gain block, and two Slider Gain blocks. Connect them together as shown in picture below, and set the Gain value to
Set the limits, and current parameters of the linear velocity slider to
1.0respectively. Set the corresponding parameters of the steering gain slider to
Task 4 - Receive Location Information From the Robot
Create a subscriber to receive messages sent to the
/odom topic. You will also extract the location of the robot and plot it's path in the XY-plane.
From the ROS Toolbox > ROS 2 tab in the Library Browser, drag a Subscribe block to the model. Double-click the block.
Set Topic source to Select From ROS network, and click Select next to the Topic box. Select "/odom" for the topic and click OK. Note that the message type
nav_msgs/Odometryis set automatically.
From the Simulink > Signal Routing tab in the Library Browser, drag a Bus Selector block to the model.
Msgoutput port of the Subscribe block to the input port of the Bus Selector block. In the Modeling tab, click Update Model to ensure that the bus information is correctly propagated.
Double-click the Bus Selector block. Select
signal2in the right listbox and click Remove. In the left listbox, expand pose > pose > position and select x and y. Click Select and then OK.
From the Simulink > Sinks tab in the Library Browser, drag an XY Graph block to the model. Connect the
Youtput ports of the Bus Selector block to the input ports of the XY Graph block.
The following figure shows the completed model. A pre-configured model is included for your convenience.
Task 5 - Configure and Run the Model
From the Modeling tab, click Model Settings. In the Solver pane, set Type to Fixed-step and Fixed-step size to
Set simulation Stop time to
Click Run to start the simulation.
In both the simulator and XY plot, you should see the robot moving in a circle.
While the simulation is running, change the values of Slider Gain blocks to control the robot. Double-click the XY Graph block and change the
Yaxis limits if needed (you can do this while the simulation is running).
To stop the simulation, click Stop.