Autonomous Robotics Group

Autonomous Robotics Group (Howard Li et al., UNB)

Project Number: P1872.2

Title: Standard for Autonomous Robotics (AuR) Ontology

Working Group: Autonomous Robotics (AuR) Ontology (RAS/SC/Autonomous Robotics)

Scope: This standard is a logical extension to IEEE 1872-2015 Standard for Ontologies for Robotics and Automation. The standard extends the CORA ontology by defining additional ontologies appropriate for Autonomous Robotics (AuR) relating to:

1) The core design patterns specific to AuR in common R&A sub-domains;
2) General ontological concepts and domain-specific axioms for AuR; and
3) General use cases and/or case studies for AuR.

Purpose: The purpose of the standard is to extend the CORA ontology to represent more specific concepts and axioms that are commonly used in Autonomous Robotics. The extended ontology specifies the domain knowledge needed to build autonomous systems comprised of robots that can operate in all classes of unstructured environments. The standard provides a unified way of representing Autonomous Robotics system architectures across different R&A domains, including, but not limited to, aerial, ground, surface, underwater, and space robots. This allows unambiguous identification of the basic hardware and software components necessary to provide a robot, or a group of robots, with autonomy (i.e. endow robots with the ability to perform desired tasks in unstructured environments without continuous explicit human guidance).


Deadline: December 2021



L. Paull, G. Severac, G. Raffo, J. Angel, H. Boley, P. Durst, W. Gray, M. Habib, B. Nguyen, S. V. Ragavan, S. Saeedi, R. Sanz, M. Seto, A. Stefanovski, M. Trentini, and H. Li, “Towards an ontology for autonomous robots,” in IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2012, pp. 1359–1364.

B. Bayat, J. Bermejo-Alonso, J. L. Carbonera, T. Facchinetti, S. Fiorini, P. Gonçalves, V. A. Jorge, M. Habib, A. Khamis, K. Melo, B. Nguyen, J. I. Olszewska, L. Paull, E. Prestes, V. Ragavan, S. Saeedi, R. Sanz, M. Seto, B. Spencer, A. Vosughi, and H. Li, “Requirements for building an ontology for autonomous robots,” Industrial Robot: An International Journal, vol. 43, no. 5, pp. 469–480, 2016.

S. R. Fiorini, J. Bermejo-Alonso, P. Gonçalves, E. P. de Freitas, A. O. Alarcos, J. I. Olszewska, E. Prestes, C. Schlenoff, S. V. Ragavan, S. Redfield, B. Spencer, and H. Li, “A suite of ontologies for robotics and automation,” IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 2017.


J. I. Olszewska, M. Barreto, J. Bermejo-Alonso, J. Carbonera, A. Chibani, S. Fiorini, P. Goncalves, M. Habib, A. Khamis, A. Olivares, E. P. de Freitas, E. Prestes, S. V. Ragavan, S. Redfield, R. Sanz, B. Spencer, and H. Li, "Ontology for Autonomous Robotics", 26th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN), pp. 189–194, 2017.



S. R. Fiorini, J. L. Carbonera, P. Gonçalves, V. A. Jorge, V. F. Rey, T. Haidegger, M. Abel, S. A. Redfield, S. Balakirsky, V. Ragavan, H. Li, C. Schlenoff, and E. Prestes, “Extensions to the core ontology for robotics and automation,” Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, vol. 33, pp. 3–11, 2015, special Issue on Knowledge Driven Robotics and Manufacturing. 



We are organizing a Workshop at the end of August in Lisbon: Autonomous Robot Ontology Workshop (AROW 2017).



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