[robotics-worldwide] IEEE-RAS Standards Committee Meeting @ ICRA’12 (Monday May 14, 2012 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM)

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Tue May 1 12:05:31 PDT 2012


IEEE-RAS Standards Committee Meeting @ ICRA’12
Monday May 14, 2012 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

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) to 
identify areas in standards for robotics and automation that are ripe 
for standardization. The motivation is to target the low-hanging fruit 
with community participation and acceptance toward confirming and 
documenting the best existing practices. Based on the ensuing 
discussions and comments from the ICRA 2011 and IROS 2011 meetings, 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.

As it has been customary the last two years, we will have a full-day 
meeting on Monday May 14th dedicated to discussing the work of the WGs 
at ICRA’12 in St. Paul. 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. 
An agenda and current issues that will be taken up for discussion at 
this meeting are described below.

We hope to see you in St. Paul!


Agenda
* 0845 – 0850 Welcome and Introduction to RAS-SCSA (Raj Madhavan)
* 0850 – 0910 IEEE Standards Association Overview (Mike Kipness)

* 0910 – 1000 Status report of MDR WG, including introduction to MDR PAR 
(Wonpil Yu & Geoff Biggs)
* 1000 – 1050 Report on existing GIS standards in conjunction with MDR 
WG (Wonpil Yu & Geoff Biggs)
* 1050 – 1100  Coffee break
* 1100 – 1145 Review of draft standard document for MDR (generating a 
TOC) (Wonpil Yu & Geoff Biggs)
* 1145 – 1245 Review of draft standard document for MDR and discussion 
on MDR WG issues (next steps, schedule, technical activities, etc.) 
(Wonpil Yu & Geoff Biggs)

* 1245 – 1330 Lunch will be provided

* 1330-1400 Overview of Overall ORA Working Group Activities (Craig 
Schlenoff)
* 1400-1430 Overview of Industrial Robot Group Activities (Stephen 
Balakirsky)
* 1430-1500 Overview of Upper Ontology/Autonomous Robots/Service Robots 
Activities (Craig Schlenoff)
* 1500-1530 Coffee break
* 1530-1700 Open Discussion on the following topics:
- incorporating the ISO/TC184/SC2 work in the upper ontology effort
- merging concepts from the domain ontologies (e.g., industrial robots) 
into the upper ontology
- exploring funding avenues (e.g., grant applications) to achieve 
greater level of effort
- identification of common areas that we should initially focus on 
(e.g., robot hardware, sensors, etc.)


Map Data Representation (MDR) Working Group (0910-1245)
WG Chairs: Wonpil Yu (ETRI, Korea) & Geoffrey Biggs (AIST, Japan)

The goal of the MDR Working Group is to develop a standard focusing on a 
common representation for robot map data, including metric and 
topological maps. It is intended to facilitate interoperability among 
different navigating robots, extending operational range and application 
areas of the robots. In addition, this standard is to provide a simple, 
unified way of maintaining, updating, and revising robot maps, while 
facilitating technological advancement for spatial mapping carried out 
by robots and/or other relevant devices.
More specifically, the MDR working group is focusing on developing an 
IEEE standard for two-dimensional maps for navigating robots. The 
developed standard will cover both indoor and outdoor environments, not 
limited by geographic scale. To facilitate interoperability among 
various robots and related devices, interfaces for exchanging and 
retrieving maps will be also defined. A standard way of representing 
three-dimensional maps will be considered subsequent to the 
two-dimensional map data representation.
Specific issues to be discussed include:
* Status report of the MDR working group
* Discussion of detailed sub-topics to be included in a draft standard 
for MDR. This will be a review of table of contents (TOC) of the draft 
standard document.
* Review of existing standards from different SDOs and a plan for 
collaborating with, for example, OGC and ISO
* Discussion of some steps to promote WG activities and WG schedule

Ontologies for Robotics and Automation (ORA) Working Group (1330-1700)
WG Chairs: Craig Schlenoff (NIST, USA) & Edson Prestes (UFRGS, Brazil)

The goal of the 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 provides a unified way of 
representing knowledge and provides a common set of terms and 
definitions, allowing for unambiguous knowledge transfer among any group 
of humans, robots, and other artificial systems.

Recent progress includes:
* Invited article to the Bridges between the Methodological and 
Practical Work of the Robotics and Cognitive Systems Communities – From 
Sensors to Concepts Book,  A. Chibani, Ed., ed: Springer-Verlag, 2012
* Proposed Special Session on "Knowledge Representation for Robotics and 
Automation" at IROS 2012 (including nine submitted papers)
* First pass at an ontology for industrial robots. This ontology focuses 
on once specific instance of a kitting operation to serve as the basis 
for the larger ontology.
* Discussions with TC184/SC4/WG2 on area of collaboration

During the working group meeting at ICRA 2012, we will update the 
community on the recent happenings of the group including:
* the status of each subgroup's activities (Upper Ontology/Methodology, 
Autonomous Robots, Service Robots, Industrial Robots)
* recent publications and future events
* collaborations we are exploring
* expected next steps

Specific areas which will be discussed include:
* incorporating the ISO/TC184/SC2 work in the upper ontology effort
* merging concepts from the domain ontologies (e.g., industrial robots) 
into the upper ontology
* exploring funding avenues (e.g., grant applications) to achieve 
greater level of effort
* identification of common areas that we should initially focus on 
(e.g., robot hardware, sensors, etc.)




-- 
Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.
Vice President, Industrial Activities Board
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
http://ieee-ras.org/industrial
http://ieee-ras.org/industrial/standards

Tel: (301) 975-2865 Fax: (301) 990-9688
Email: madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com


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