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.