Vice-President – Industrial Activities
Standards Committee Chair
Institute for Systems Research, Univ. of Maryland,
College Park (MD), United States
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 IROS'14. This meeting will be held on Sunday, 14 September from 9:00-17:00. http://www.ieee-ras.org/about-ras/ras-calendar/day/09-14-2014. 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.
IEEE P1873 WG Meetings
Location: The Kimball Room, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL USA
Date: 09:00-12:30, 14 September 2014
Robot Map Data Representation for Navigation (MDR) Working Group
1. Welcome and Introductions (15 min)
2. Agree on agenda and add any other business (5 min)
3. Review and approval of minutes from the previous meeting (5 min)
4. WG Update and Reports (5 min)
5. Discussion items
Review of the Map Data Representation (MDR) standard draft
- Review of technical, editorial, and other general issues
Introduction and review of reference implementation of the MDR standard, including:
- ROS-based metric maps and converters
- GVG-based topological maps
- Robot navigation software
- Geometric map
Open discussion (SA process, publication, next item, and others)
6. Next meeting schedule, agenda (10 min)
Breaks will be taken according to the ICRA conference schedule or upon request of attendees.
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: The Kimball Room, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL USA
Date: 13:30-17:00, 14 September 2014
Chairs: Craig Schlenoff (NIST, USA), Edson Prestes (UFRGS, Brazil)
The goal of the IEEE RAS Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Working Group (ORA WG) is to develop a standard 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. It provides a unified way of representing knowledge and 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 have been on the development of 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. Consensus has been reached among the working group participants and the document is expected to be forwarded to the IEEE Standards Association to start the balloting process in the October 2014.
The working group is now starting to focus on the development of an industrial robot ontology, which is expected to be the next standard to be proposed to the IEEE Standards Association. A significant amount of work has been performed to develop a robot kitting ontology, and this work will begin to be generalized to apply to the industrial sector as a whole. During IROS 2014, we will start this process.
Agenda for IEEE ORA WG:
13:30-14:00 Welcome and Status Update Dr. Craig Schlenoff
14:00-14:30 Overview and Status of the CORA Ontology Dr. Edson Prestes
14:30-14:45 Creating and Maintaining Specific Domain Ontologies Dr. Tamas Haidegger
14:45-15:00 Ontology Reasoning Dr. Abdelghani Chibani
15:15-15:45 Presentation of the Robot Kitting Ontology Dr. Stephen Balakirsky
15:45-17:00 Open Discussion
IEEE RAS Standards Committee/Industry Connections Surgical Robotics Meeting
17 September 2014 - 13:30-17:30, Crystal Room
The past decade has witnessed accelerated growth of medical robotics and computer-assisted medical technologies due to the significant practical utility, economic value, and diversity of applications benefiting patients, providers and healthcare systems. However, several challenges arise from the complexities engendered within the human body and the diverse sets of multi-disciplinary knowledge that need to be merged to create these system-level solutions and to successfully bring them to the market. We believe that there is a need for the robotics and medical device community to initiate a discussion on several issues that could benefit academia and industry in their shared pursuit of improved patient care. RAS Standards Committee for Standards Activities (RAS-SCSA) has started an Industry Connections Activity and a first meeting will be held at the 2014 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) in Chicago on Wednesday, September 17th.
We will be focusing the discussion around the topics of "System Interoperability", "Consensus Benchmarks", "Quantitative Assessment" and "Translational Research" in the broader medical robotics arena. This discussion is a critical first step to allowing multiple stakeholders (academia and industry) to identify suitable candidates for pursuit of standardization, build consensus, and translate path-breaking/fast-evolving research advances into grounded sets of best-practices/benchmarks and to assist the community in translating robotics research into clinical use. More details are available from https://sites.google.com/site/ieeerasmedicalrobotics/home/industry-connections-activity/.
See http://www.ieee-ras.org/about-ras/ras-calendar/event/529-ieee-ras-standards-committee-industry-connections-surgical-robotics-meeting for venue information.