[robotics-worldwide] RAS Standards Meeting at ICRA 2011 (May 9th)

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Mon May 2 08:00:58 PDT 2011

RAS Standards Meeting
Monday, May 9, 2011 0830-1700 (no registration required)
Venue: 3J - Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai

AGENDA: Available from

Standards are crucial for driving industry innovation and technology
transfer. Benchmarking and standardization are vital to the
development of robotic and automation systems in already established
application areas, and are critical to wider (including societal)
acceptance of emerging technologies. It is widely accepted within the
robotics and automation community that leaving emerging robotic
technologies to proliferate in an unguided direction comes with a high
price: synergistic opportunities remain unrealized, lack of cohesion
in the community hinders the progress in many domains such as
manufacturing, service, healthcare, and security, to name a few.

The Standing Committee for Standards Activities (SCSA) under the
Industrial Activities Board (IAB) of the IEEE Robotics and Automation
Society (RAS) is working together with the research and industrial
communities and other Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) to
help develop standards for robotics and automation. The scope of the
activities of the IEEE RAS-SCSA is to formally adopt and confirm best
practices in robotics and automation as standards.
Two Study Groups (SGs) have been formed and are currently seeking
interested participants to partake in discussions to shape the
direction of the standardization efforts. The outcome of these two
study groups will lead to a project authorization request (PAR) which
will initiate a standardization process within the IEEE Standards
Association. Below is a brief description of the SGs as noted in the
Call for Participation that was sent out to all RAS members in early
February 2011.

A full-day meeting on May 9th is being planned. The AM session will
focus on providing an overview of standardization efforts being
carried out by various SDOs and countries across the globe. The PM
session will focus on RAS SG efforts with discussions among
participants leading towards the formation of a Working Group and the
development of the aforementioned PAR document.

We hope you will be able to attend and contribute to these efforts.

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities (SCSA)
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
raj.madhavan at ieee.org

Map Data Representation and Fundamental Data Types
This Study Group aims to develop a consensus on the needs for common
representation for robot map data, including metric, topological, and
semantic maps. The Study Group will investigate the potential for
standardizing fundamental data types for mapping and study existing
map data representations from other SDOs including the OGC (Open
Geospatial Consortium) and the ISO. As part of its work, it will
determine how detailed the standardized data types used in map
representation need to be. The study group will set up a long-term
roadmap for developing specifications for map data representation and
discuss how to represent, encode, and exchange map data for robot
navigation. The leads for this Study Group are Wonpil Yu (Electronics
and Telecommunications Research Institute, Korea) and Geoffrey Biggs
(National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology,

Glossary/Ontology for Robotics and Automation
The objective of this Study Group is to identify, develop, and
document salient terms and their definition so that they can serve as
a common reference for the robotics and automation community. A core
issue that will be addressed as part of this effort is how to
represent the definition of the terms. Unlike previous efforts which
have attempted to perform similar activities in more specific domains,
this study group will take a more all-encompassing approach, focusing
on terms that relate not only to the more traditional mobile robotics
domain (e.g., service robotics, healthcare robotics, military
robotics) but extending it into the automation field which could
include terms related to domains such as automated manufacturing shop
floor. The exact scope of this effort and the domains that will be
addressed will be one of the first orders of business of this study
group. The leads for this Study Group are Craig Schlenoff and Hui-Min
Huang (National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA).

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