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A Suite of Ontologies for Robotics and Automation



Sandro R. Fiorini, Julita Bermejo-Alonso, Paulo Goncalves, Edison Pignaton de Freitas, Alberto Olivares Alarcos, Joanna Isabelle Olszewska, Edson Prestes, Craig I. Schlenoff, Veera S. Ragavan, Signe Redfield, Bruce Spencer, Howard Li


One of the basic requirements for any type of robot communication (whether with other robots or humans) is the need for a common vocabulary along with clear and concise definitions. With the growing complexity of tasks that robots are expected to perform as well as the need for multi-robot and human-robot collaboration, the need for a standard and well-defined knowledge representation is becoming more evident. The IEEE Standard Association's Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) recognized this need and in 2011, then created the Ontologies for Robotics and Automation (ORA) Working Group. The goal of the group is to develop a standard 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.
Robotics And Automation Magazine


artificial intelligence, AI, robotics, ontologies, knowledge representation, tasks


Fiorini, S. , Bermejo-Alonso, J. , Goncalves, P. , Pignaton de Freitas, E. , Olivares Alarcos, A. , Olszewska, J. , Prestes, E. , Schlenoff, C. , Ragavan, V. , Redfield, S. , Spencer, B. and Li, H. (2017), A Suite of Ontologies for Robotics and Automation, Robotics And Automation Magazine, [online],, (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created March 23, 2017, Updated October 12, 2021