So you’ve been using ROS to record data from a robot that you use? And you have the data in a rosbag file? And you’ve spent a while googling to find out how to extract images, data, imu readings, gps positions, etc. out of said rosbag file?
This post provides a tool to extract data to CSV format for a number of ROS message types. It was initially written for data analysis of messages in MATLAB, but applies to Python, R, SAS, Excel, or SPSS where you need it.
ROS (robot operating system) is a software system gaining popularity in robotics for control and automation.
ROS records data in binary .bag files, or bagfiles for short. Getting data out of so-called bagfiles for analysis in MATLAB, Excel, or <insert your favourite analysis software here> isn’t the easiest thing in the world. I’ve put together a small ROS package to extract data from ROS bag files and create CSV files for use in other applications.
** update 6th July 2015 – This code has now been added to Github at https://github.com/shanealynn/ros_csv_extraction/ **
Thus far, the data extraction tool is compatible with the following ROS message types:
- umrr_driver/radar_msg (this was a type used by the CRUISE vehicle (see below))
To install the data extraction tool, download the zip file, extract it somewhere on your ROS_PACKAGE_PATH, and run rosmake data_extraction before using.
The tool can be used in two different ways:
1.) Extract all compatible topics in a bag file
rosrun data_extract extract_all.py -b <path_to_bag_file> -o <path_to_output_dir>
2.) Extract a single topic
rosrun data_extraction extract_topic.py -b <path_to_bag_file> -o <path_to_output_csv_file> -t <topic_name>
This program was created during a six month research proejct completed at the University of Technology Sydney on their CRUISE project. (CAS Research UTE for Intelligence, Safety, and Exploration), One of my main tasks was to transition the data collection software on the CRUISE vehicle to ROS, a popular Robot Operating System. I was working at the time under an Australian Endeavour award, researching with Dr. Sarath Kodagoda on pedestrian detection systems for autonomous vehicles using radar signals. We investigated a range of classification techniques (support vector machines, naive bayes classifiers, decision trees etc) to determine which obstacles were most likely pedestrians.
The idea was to use ROS as a data collection tool, syncing data from a number of SICK laser rangefinders, cameras, inertial measurement units, radar etc.
If you find it useful, let me know. If you have any additions / suggestions, let me know too.