Ontology Study Group Meeting at ICRA 2016

  • Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre Stockholm Sweden


The newly formed IEEE RAS Industrial Robot Ontology Study Group will hold its first in-person meeting at ICRA 2016 in Sweden on Friday, May 20th from 1pm-5pm local time in Room 32 of the Convention Center. All interested parties are welcome to attend.

This is a follow-on effort to the very successful IEEE RAS Core Ontologies for Robotics and Automation (CORA) working group, which produced the first IEEE RAS standard and won the prestigious IEEE Standards Association Emerging Technology award for this effort. For more information about this effort, please see this link.

IEEE RAS Industrial Robot Ontology Motivation and Goal:

Human-robot and heterogeneous robot-robot communication and interaction requires a well-defined, implementation-independent, standard vocabulary and set of definitions. Such requirements become particularly relevant in industrial contexts; in which safe robot communication and integration require clearly defined standards. Ontologies constitute a tool to create semantically rich, formal vocabularies. Recent standardization efforts by IEEE employed ontologies for standardization in Robotics and Automation (R&A). However, such efforts have been limited to general terminology covering the entire field. Individual subdomains of R&A, such as Industrial Robotics, require specific theories, implying the need for specific standardized ontologies. The proposed standard aims at providing a set of well-founded ontologies specifying vocabulary and definitions about shared concepts and relations in Industrial Robotics and Automation. Initial efforts will focus on industrial assembly, and may be expanded based on industry need and the expertise of the study group participants. The standard shall also specify optional mechanisms (such as languages, API's, etc.) and methodologies aimed at guiding the direct application of the ontologies in the industrial setting. The language and API's will be semantically-based on the industrial ontology.


Craig Schlenoff, Ph.D.
Group Leader, Cognition and Collaboration Group
Project Leader, Agility Performance for Robotic Systems Project
Chair, IEEE Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Standard Working Group
Intelligent Systems Division (ISD)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8230
Gaithersburg, MD 20899