OMG Robotics Standards

At this time ( 2005) there are no robotics standards - the industry is too embryonic. However, that is about to change, thanks to the Object Management Group (OMG), a nonprofit organization which is perhaps best known for its UML standards. There is a new OMG Robotics Domain Special Interest Group (DSIG) which is actively seeking participants. Read about the Robotics DSIG in the OMG Spring 2005 Newsletter PDF.

Anyone with practical knowledge of this subject is encouraged to respond to the RFI (links below).


OMG Robotics Request for Information (RFI) - overview

Robotic systems can be roughly defined as “systems that provide intelligent services and information by interacting with their environment, including human beings, via the use of various sensors, actuators and human interfaces”.The physical characteristics of a robotic system can have a large variation that includes mobile robots, humanoid robots, pet robots, manipulator robots, autonomous vehicles, robot house, etc. In the same way, the span of robotic system applications can be very broad, including but not limited to communication and entertainment robots, lifestyle support robots, rescue robots, transportation robots, medical robots, etc. Finally, robotic systems must deal with technological fields and issues of various complexities such as hardware control, intelligent algorithms, information processing and dispatching, safety, reliability, etc. All these aspects make it difficult to develop cost-effective yet functionally attractive robotic systems that will appeal to potential end-users and ensure the growth of the robotic market. We believe that modularization of robotic systems and standardization of robotic technology components will greatly help reduce the development and integration cost of robotic systems. Therefore, this RFI seeks information which will be used to direct future standardization efforts in the area of reusability and interoperability of robotics technology. Sharing your experiences will be particularly helpful in this effort, especially to:

  • Determine the areas that need standardization and their respective priorities
  • Identify recurrent functional / architectural patterns in existing robotic systems so as to propose common platform independent models
  • Help define working groups to work on potential RFPs
We are seeking information with regards to:
  • Identification of areas where Robotics Technology is used
  • Needs for standardization of Robotics Technology
  • Technical information such as existing implementations, standards, requirements, models, and theoretical studies on Robotics Systems
Who should respond to the RFI?
Responses from anyone in industry, government, or academia with practical knowledge of robotic systems are welcome. You do not have to be an OMG member. Details about how to respond are in section 3.2 of the RFI.
Download and respond to the RFI by 2005 Nov 14

Download the OMG Robotics RFI June 2005 as PDF or as RTF

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