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The Standing Committee for Standards Activities (SCSA) under the Industrial Activities Board (IAB) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society has been actively working with the research and industrial communities and other Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) to identify areas in standards for robotics and automation that are ripe for standardization.

The scope of the activities of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s Standing Committee for Standards Activities (RAS-SCSA) is to formally adopt and confirm best practices in robotics and automation as standards. The Standing Committee will work with interested members of RAS in supporting standards defining activities in both established, mature application areas and nascent, emerging technologies related to robotics and automation. Within this scope, the RAS Standing Committee for Standards Activities shall pursue the following objectives:

• promote common measures and definitions in robotics and automation
• promote measurability and comparability of robotics and automation technology
• promote integrity, portability, and reusability of robotics and automation technology

Two Study Groups (SGs) focusing on Ontologies for Robotics and Automation (ORA-P1872) and Map Data Representation (MDR-P1873) were formed in early 2011. Based on discussions within the SGs and comments from the community, two project authorization requests (PARs) were submitted to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) in late October 2011. The PARs were subsequently approved by the IEEE-SA New Standards Committee (NeSCOM) in early November 2011, thus transitioning the Study Groups (SGs) into Working Groups (WGs) within which the standardization efforts are now formally continuing with RAS as the official sponsor.

The ORA WG, chaired by Craig Schlenoff (NIST, USA This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Edson Prestes (UFRGS, Brazil This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), aims 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.

The MDR-WG, chaired by Wonpil Yu (ETRI, Korea This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Geoff Biggs (AIST, Japan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), aims to standardize a common representation and encoding for the two-dimensional map data used for navigation by mobile robots. The encoding will be used when exchanging map data with other components and systems. The standard focuses on interchange of map data between components and systems, particularly those that may be supplied by different vendors. As well as the encoding, the standard aims to specify suitable APIs and protocols for the interchange process so that navigation-related components from multiple vendors may inter-operate.

Since 2011, it has been customary to have a full-day RAS-SCSA meeting on the first Monday at ICRA and IROS. The WGs welcome your comments and participation in this standardization process. To be involved in the activities of the Committee, neither RAS nor IEEE-SA memberships are mandatory. For additional details, please send an email to Raj Madhavan, Chair, RAS-SCSA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Attachments:
o RAS-SCSA Meeting, IROS’12, Vilamoura, Portugal
o Project Authorization Request-ORA-P1872
o Project Authorization Request-MDR-P1873