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Standards Committee

Raj Madhavan

Vice-President – Industrial Activities
Standards Committee Chair

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Institute for Systems Research, Univ. of Maryland,
College Park (MD), United States
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The Standing Committee for Standards Activities (SCSA) under the Industrial Activities Board (IAB) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) has been actively working with the research and industrial communities and other Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs). The standardization efforts are now formally being pursued under two Working Groups (WGs) with RAS as the official sponsor. As it has been customary the last two years, we will have a full-day meeting dedicated to discussing the work of the WGs at ICRA'14. This meeting will be held on Sunday, 1 June from 9:00-17:00. www.ieee-ras.org/about-ras/ras-calendar/event/427-ras-standards-committee-meeting. The WGs welcome your comments and participation in this standardization process. To be involved in the activities of the standards committee, neither RAS nor IEEE-SA memberships are mandatory.

 

The goal of the IEEE-RAS Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Working Group (ORA WG) is to develop a standard ontology and associated methodology for knowledge representation and reasoning in robotics and automation, together with the representation of concepts in an initial set of application domains. The standard will provide a unified way of representing knowledge and will provide a common set of terms and definitions, allowing for unambiguous knowledge transfer among any group of humans, robots, and other artificial systems. To date, the working group has over 130 members containing a cross-section of industry, academia, and government, representing over twenty countries.

ORA WG has the following notable achievements since its establishment late 2011:

  • Special session at IEEE/RSJ IROS "Knowledge Representation and Ontologies for Robotics and Automation" in 2012.
  • Workshop at UBICOMP'12 (Pittsburgh, PA) entitled "Smart Gadgets Meet Ubiquitous and Social Robots on the Web" (Sept. 8, 2012)
  • Special Issue of Elsevier Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal, in 2013.
  • Book chapter to be published in "Bridges between the Methodological and Practical Work of the Robotics and Cognitive Systems Communities – From Sensors to Concepts";
  • Special session at IEEE RITA "Knowledge Representation for Robotics and Automation" in 2013
  • Accepted Papers at IEEE/RSJ IROS and IEEE ICRA.

IEEE ORA WG Meetings
Location: G311, L3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Hong Kong
Date: 09:00-12:30, 1 June 2014
The goal of the working group is to develop a standard is to provide an overall ontology and associated methodology for knowledge representation and reasoning in robotics and automation, together with the representation of concepts in an initial set of application domains. The standard provides a unified way of representing knowledge and will provide a common set of terms and definitions, allowing for unambiguous knowledge transfer among any group of human, robots, and other artificial systems. The recent efforts of the working group has been to develop the Core Ontologies for Robotics and Automation (CORA) standard, which focuses on the representation of fundamental concepts from which the more detailed concepts belonging to other ORA WG ontologies are constructed. During this meeting, final comments will be taken about the proposed CORA standard before it is started through the IEEE standardization process.

Agenda for IEEE ORA WG:
09:00-09:30 - ORA Overview and Core Ontology Update: Dr. Edson Prestes
09:30-10:00 - Exploring ORA for Heterogeneous Agent Interaction: Mr. Renan Maffei
10:00-10:30 - Ontology Extensions: Dr. Tamas Haidegger
10:30-10:45 - Break
10:45-11:15 - Current Standard Documentation: Dr. Edson Prestes
11:15 - Discussion , All

 


 

IEEE P1873 WG Meetings
Location: G311, L3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), Hong Kong
Date: 13:30-17:00, 1 June 2014

Robot Map Data Representation for Navigation (MDR) Working Group
WG Chairs: Wonpil Yu (ETRI), Francesco Amigoni (Politecnico di Milano)

1. Welcome and Introductions (13:30-13:45)
2. Agree on agenda and add any other business (13:45-13:55)
3. Review and approval of minutes from the previous meeting (13:55-14:10)
4. WG Update and Reports (14:10-14:20)

5. Discussion items (14:20-16:45)
Review of the Map Data Representation (MDR) standard draft
- Review of MDR class diagrams
- Review of MDR XML schema and others
Introduction and review of reference implementation of the MDR standard, including:
- ROS-based metric maps
- GVG-based topological maps
- application to a robot shuttle example, and others
Review of technical reports as resources to explain the MDR standard
- MDR use-case
- Comparison with other standards (for example, OGC IndoorML)

6. Next meeting schedule, agenda (16:45-17:00)
7. Adjourn

Breaks will be taken according to the ICRA conference schedule or upon request of attendees.