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THe early registration discount for ROSCon ends today! https://goo.gl/nSzKpD
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Reminder: the deadline for ROSCon 2017 early registration is August 1st. https://goo.gl/YMdnxC Register here: https://goo.gl/nSzKpD
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The results are in, and the ROSCon 2017 program has been posted! https://goo.gl/ddhKB1

This year saw a record response from the community, with 107 proposals submitted. Following discussion and tough decision-making among the Program Committee, we decided to accept 38 proposals for presentation (35.5% acceptance rate).

In recent years we made room in the program for 20-25 presentations, in a mixture of long (~40-minute) and medium (~20-minute) durations. This year, given the large number of high-quality proposals that were submitted, we're trying something new, which is to add a category for short presentations, at 5 minutes each. These slots will allow the presenters to briefly introduce their work and entice the audience to follow up in person to learn more.

To encourage those in-person interactions, we're adding another new feature this year, which is a poster session wherein attendees can find and discuss with the presenters the work that most piqued their interest. The poster session will be held at the end of the first day, during the first half of the reception.

In exchange for these additions to the program, this year we will not be holding the customary birds of a feather (BoF) sessions. While those ad hoc meetings were fun and lively in the early years, as the conference has grown it has become harder to keep them useful to a broad audience, and we've seen participation dropping in recent years. As always, we're experimenting to find the best program mix for the community, and we look forward to getting your feedback on this year's lineup.

We hope to see you in Vancouver for ROSCon in September! As a reminder, the deadline for early registration is August 1. Register today.

-- Your friendly neighborhood ROSCon 2017 Organizing Committee

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor: Intel! Thank you to our Gold Sponsors: Clearpath, Erle, Fetch, Gaitech, Locus, and Rapyuta!
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Don't forget #ROSCon 2017 Proposals are due in 3 days! https://goo.gl/gicco4 Submit here: https://goo.gl/HDeDBB
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Niharika Arora presented Robot calibration at #ROSCon 2016 https://goo.gl/J0hQTq
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Announcing the ROSCon 2017 Diversity Scholarship Program: https://goo.gl/Fq99VK
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Greetings ROS users,

Happy World Turtle Day! [1]

We are pleased to announce that the 11th ROS distribution, Lunar Loggerhead [2], is now available on Ubuntu Xenial 16.04, Ubuntu Yakkety 16.10, Ubuntu Zesty 17.04, and Debian Stretch.

32-bit ARM (armhf) packages are available on Xenial, and 64-bit ARM (aarch64) packages are available for Ubuntu Xenial and Debian Stretch.

To install ROS Lunar, refer to the Installation page on the Wiki:

http://wiki.ros.org/ROS/Installation

Check out the Migration guide for a changelog of new features and API changes:

http://wiki.ros.org/lunar/Migration

363 packages in the ROS ecosystem are in the initial release of Lunar, compared to 1244 currently in Kinetic. You can see the released packages on the status page for Lunar:

http://repositories.ros.org/status_page/ros_lunar_default.html

And you can compare the versions of packages in Lunar and other active ROS distributions here:

http://repositories.ros.org/status_page/compare_kinetic_lunar.html

http://repositories.ros.org/status_page/compare_indigo_jade_kinetic_lunar.html

If there's a package missing in Lunar that you'd like to see released, please:

- check if the package can be released here:

- http://repositories.ros.org/status_page/blocked_releases_lunar.html?s=6&r=1

- contact the maintainers to let them know:

- by opening an issue on the source repository, or
- posting on the ROS discourse release category: https://discourse.ros.org/c/release

Even though we've made the initial Lunar release, it's never too late to add packages to Lunar (or Kinetic or Indigo) for upcoming syncs.

Lunar T-shirts (and hoodies) should come through in the mail this week.
You can still order a variety of stickers at:

https://www.stickermule.com/en/user/1070828488/stickers

We'd also like to announce the name of the next LTS ROS distribution, which you can look forward to downloading a year from now:

Melodic Morenia

Thank you to all of the maintainers and contributors who helped make this release possible. We couldn't do this without you.

Mikael and the ROS Team

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Turtle_Day
[2] http://wiki.ros.org/lunar
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