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License CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Python 2.7

Deep Object Pose Estimation - ROS Inference

This is the official DOPE ROS package for detection and 6-DoF pose estimation of known objects from an RGB camera. The network has been trained on the following YCB objects: cracker box, sugar box, tomato soup can, mustard bottle, potted meat can, and gelatin box. For more details, see our CoRL 2018 paper and video.

Note: Currently this package contains inference only.

DOPE Objects


  1. Set up system / Docker image

    We have tested on Ubuntu 16.04 with ROS Kinetic with an NVIDIA Titan X with python 2.7. The code may work on other systems. If you do not have the full ROS install, you may need to install some packages, e.g.,

    apt-get install ros-kinetic-tf2
    apt-get install ros-kinetic-cv-bridge

    Alternatively, use the provided Docker image and skip to Step #5.

  2. Create a catkin workspace (if you do not already have one). To create a catkin workspace, follow these instructions:

    $ mkdir -p ~/catkin_ws/src   # Replace `catkin_ws` with the name of your workspace
    $ cd ~/catkin_ws/
    $ catkin_make
  3. Download the DOPE code

    $ cd ~/catkin_ws/src
    $ git clone dope
  4. Install dependencies

    $ cd ~/catkin_ws/src/dope
    $ pip install -r requirements.txt
  5. Build

    $ cd ~/catkin_ws
    $ catkin_make
  6. Download the weights and save them to the weights folder, i.e., ~/catkin_ws/src/dope/weights/.


  1. Start ROS master

    $ cd ~/catkin_ws
    $ source devel/setup.bash
    $ roscore
  2. Start camera node (or start your own camera node)

    $ rosrun dope  # Publishes RGB images to `/dope/webcam_rgb_raw`
  3. Edit config info (if desired) in ~/catkin_ws/src/dope/config/config_pose.yaml

    • topic_camera: RGB topic to listen to
    • topic_publishing: topic name for publishing
    • weights: dictionary of object names and there weights path name, comment out any line to disable detection/estimation of that object
    • dimension: dictionary of dimensions for the objects (key values must match the weights names)
    • draw_colors: dictionary of object colors (key values must match the weights names)
    • camera_settings: dictionary for the camera intrinsics; edit these values to match your camera
    • thresh_points: Thresholding the confidence for object detection; increase this value if you see too many false positives, reduce it if objects are not detected.
  4. Start DOPE node

    $ rosrun dope [my_config.yaml]  # Config file is optional; default is `config_pose.yaml`

    Note: Config files must be located in the ~/catkin_ws/src/dope/config/ folder.


  • The following ROS topics are published:

    /dope/webcam_rgb_raw       # RGB images from camera 
    /dope/dimension_[obj_name] # dimensions of object
    /dope/pose_[obj_name]      # timestamped pose of object
    /dope/rgb_points           # RGB images with detected cuboids overlaid

    Note: [obj_name] is in {cracker, gelatin, meat, mustard, soup, sugar}

  • To debug in RViz, rosrun rviz rviz, then either

    • Add > Image to view the raw RGB image or the image with cuboids overlaid
    • Add > Pose to view the object coordinate frame in 3D. If you do not have a coordinate frame set up, you can run this static transformation: rosrun tf static_transform_publisher 0 0 0 0.7071 0 0 -0.7071 world dope 10. Make sure that in RViz's Global Options, the Fixed Frame is set to world.
  • If rosrun does not find the package ([rospack] Error: package 'dope' not found), be sure that you called source devel/setup.bash as mentioned above. To find the package, run rospack find dope.

YCB 3D Models

DOPE returns the poses of the objects in the camera coordinate frame. DOPE uses the aligned YCB models, which can be obtained using NVDU (see the nvdu_ycb command).


If you use this tool in a research project, please cite as follows:

 author = {Jonathan Tremblay and Thang To and Balakumar Sundaralingam and Yu Xiang and Dieter Fox and Stan Birchfield},
 title = {Deep Object Pose Estimation for Semantic Robotic Grasping of Household Objects},
 booktitle = {Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL)},
 url = "",
 year = 2018


Copyright (C) 2018 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. Licensed under the CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license.


Thanks to Jeffrey Smith ( for creating the Docker image.


Jonathan Tremblay (, Stan Birchfield (