[robotics-worldwide] IEEE-RAS Standards Committee Meetings at ICRA'13 (May 6th and 7th)

Raj Madhavan madhavan.ieeeras at gmail.com
Wed May 1 12:37:29 PDT 2013

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.

RAS-SCSA is hosting two meetings at ICRA:
* May 6th: Map Data Representation (MDR) and Ontologies for Robotics
and Automation (ORA) Working Group Meetings (WG Chairs: Dr. Wonpil Yu
& Mr. Craig Schlenoff)
* May 7th: An information session on the formation of a Study Group on
Surgical Robotics (Organizers: Profs. Venkat Krovi & Gian-Luca

Attendance is open to all attendees and other interested parties
interested in standardization aspects of these topics. More details
are below.

I look forward to seeing you in Karlsruhe!

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

*RAS-SCSA Working Group Meetings*
Monday, May 6th 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Room: SR1, Konzerthaus)

The MDR standard 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.

The goal of ORA working group is to develop a standard is to provide
an overall 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 will standard provides 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 human,
robots, and other artificial systems. During this meeting, we will
have reports from the core ontology and industrial ontology working
group, discussions on the way to represent sensor information and
state information, and an attempt to reach consensus on a set of core
terms that will serve as the basis for the core ontology.

*MDR Working Group*
WG Chairs: Wonpil Yu (ETRI), Geoffrey Biggs (AIST)
1.	Welcome and Introductions (09:00-09:15)
2.	Agree on agenda and add any other business (09:15-09:25)
3.	Review and approval of minutes from the previous meeting (09:25-09:50)
4.	WG Update and Reports (09:50-10:00)
5.	Discussion items (10:00-12:30)
- Use case: Map building strategy for humanoid robot (Kyungshik Roh,
Samsung Electronics)
-Review of the initial draft of MDR document (Section 6 Map data
representation for robot navigation)
6.1: Data format for metric map (Francesco Amigoni, Matteo Matteucci, Dirk Holz)
6.2: Data format for topological map (Hyungpil Moon, Wonpil Yu)
6.	Discussion on Study Group for Human Robot Interaction (Youngjo Cho,
Suyoung Chi) (12:30-12:45)
7.	Next meeting  schedule, agenda (12:45-13:00)

*ORA Working Group*
1330	1345	ORA Overview and Status	Craig Schlenoff
1345	1415	Update on Upper Core Ontology	Dr. Edson Prestes
1415	1445	Update on the Industrial Robot Ontology	Dr. Stephen Balakirsky
1445	1515	Update on State Representation and Sensors	Craig Schlenoff
1515	1545	Break	
1545	1615	TBD	Dr. Abdelghani Chibani
1615	1700	Discussion – Terminology Definitions	All

*Information Session for the Formation of an IEEE RAS Standards Study
Group on Surgical Robotics*
Tuesday, May 7th 8:00 am - 12 noon (Room: SR1, Konzerthaus)
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2013

Venkat Krovi, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo (vkrovi at buffalo.edu)
Gian-Luca Mariottini, Assistant Professor, UT Arlington (gianluca at uta.edu)

The enormous growth of robotic surgical systems (and more generally
computer-assisted surgical systems technology) in the past decade
builds off from the significant practical utility, enormous economic
value, and diversity of applications.  Surgical robotics has also
greatly benefited from the triple convergence of computing,
communication and miniaturization. Other growth has come from the
synergistic merger of novel component hardware technologies,
innovative computational/algorithmic advances, and the system-level
integration of diverse technological options. At the same time,
several challenges arise not only from the complexities engendered
within the human body but the diverse sets of multi-disciplinary
knowledge that need to be merged to create these system-level

Despite the engendered challenges, several surgical robotic systems
(and procedures) have now gone beyond the research-lab stage, to
receiving  regulatory agency (FDA) approval, and are now routinely
used in clinical applications (ranging from minimally-invasive general
surgery, pediatric surgery, gynecology, urology, cardiothoracic
surgery and otolaryngology). Various professional-societies (including
surgical societies such as SAGES and MIRA) are beginning to grapple
with a range of issues: appropriateness of  technologies; emergent
clinical applications; training and accreditation; economics and
viability; safety and risk-assessment; and many others in this rapidly
growing arena.

In this context, we believe that this is an appropriate time for the
robotics and automation community as a whole to initiate a discussion
of topics/sub-topics that may be ripe for standardization (based on
level-of-interest and experiences of the community). Hence we would
like to propose an information-gathering meeting at this ICRA’13 (on
Tuesday May 7th, 8am -12pm) to solicit the participation and gauge the
level of interest of the community-at-large towards the formation of
an IEEE RAS Standards Study Group in the arena of Surgical Robotics.
The proposed mandate of this Study Group would be to:
(i) initiate a dialogue between the scientific, engineering and
medical professionals;
(ii) bring together experts from academia and industry to form expert-groups;
(iii) leverage this expertise in developing metrics and standards framework
(iv) identify the most prominent areas needing standardization in
surgical robotics;
(v) identify standards and validation benchmarks to promote the
transition of research-lab technologies to the operating room.

A white paper will be developed based on the discussion at this
information meeting - so please come and share your thoughts,
suggestions and opinions with us. Attendance is free and refreshments
will be provided.

Website: ieeerassurgrobstandards
Mailing-list: ieee-ras-surgrob-standards at googlegroups.com

8:00   -   8:10     Speakers: Venkat Krovi and Gian-Luca Mariottini
        Topic: Welcome and Lead off
8:10   -   8:20    Speaker: Raj Madhavan, Univ. of Maryland, US,
Topic: IEEE Standards Perspective
8:20   -   8:30    Speaker: Gurvinder Virk, University College of Gavle, Sweden
        Topic: IEC/ISO TC 184 JWG9 Efforts
8:30   -   8:40  Speaker: Paolo Dario, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
        Topic: Surgical Robotics Retrospective
8:40   -   9:00  Panel Discussion

9:00   -   9:10    Speaker: Simon DiMaio/Jonathan Sorger, Intuitive Surgical, US
        Topic: Industry/Intuitive Perspective
9:10   -   9:20    Speaker: Peter Kazanzides, Johns Hopkin University, US
        Topic: Master-Interfaces
9:20   -   9:30    Speaker: Andrew Lewis, Univ. Washington, US
        Topic: Open-RAVEN
9:30   -   9:40     Speaker: Nabil Simaan, Vanderbilt, US
        Topic: Slave-Instruments/Perception
9:40   - 10:00    Panel Discussion

10:00 - 10:30  ICRA’13 Conference wide Coffee Break

10:30 - 10:40  Speaker: Paolo Fiorini, Univ. of Verona, Italy
        Topic: EUROSURGE Efforts
10:40 - 10:50  Speaker: Arianna Menciassi, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
        Topic: IEEE RAS Surgical Robotics TC Efforts
10:50 - 11:10  Panel Discussion

11:10  - 11:20 Speaker: Venkat Krovi, SUNY Buffalo, US
        Topic: Assessment Efforts
11:20 -  11:30 Speaker: Gian-Luca Mariottini, University of Texas at
Arlington, US
        Topic: Perception Efforts
11:30 -  11:40 Speaker: Raj Madhavan, Univ. of Maryland, US,
Topic: Next Steps
11:40 - 12:00  Concluding Discussion

Raj Madhavan, Ph.D.

Vice President, Industrial Activities Board
Chair, Standing Committee for Standards Activities
Chair, RAS-SIGHT (Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology)
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland College Park
Intelligent Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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

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