International Workshop on Working towards Ontology-based Standards for Robotics and Automation (WOSRA 2023) @ ICRA 2023, June 2nd, London, United Kingdom


Robotics is becoming a mainstream domain with a wide range of applications with a medium and long term impact on everyone’s lives. Current systems rely more and more on robot–robot communication and robot–human interaction. In terms of communication, a vocabulary with clear and concise definitions is a sine qua non component to enable information exchange among any group of agents, which can be human or non-human actors. This need for a well-defined knowledge representation is becoming evident if one considers the growing complexity of behaviors that robots are expected to perform as well as the rise of multi-robot and human–robot collaboration. This workshop has the purpose to increase interest in standardization for the Robotics and Automation (R&A) domain, as well as the ethical challenges involved with the interaction with humans.

The existence of a standard knowledge representation would: define precisely concepts and relations in the robot’s knowledge representation that could include, but is not limited to, robot hardware and software, environment, cause and effects of performing actions, relationship among other robots and people; ensure common understanding among members of the community; facilitate efficient data integration and transfer of information among robotic systems.


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Participants are invited to submit original papers for oral presentation, including, but not limited to, topics such as:

  • Autonomous Robotics
  • Ontology-based development for reasoning in Robotics and Automation
  • Ontology-based Standards for reasoning in Robotics and Automation
  • Knowledge representation and reasoning for robotics and automation using Ontologies
  • Robot-robot interaction and/or Human-robot interaction
  • Building ethical AI and Robot systems
  • Ethical design and development of AI and Robot systems
  • Data privacy and protection within world of AI and Robots
  • Trust and security for (autonomous) robotics
  • Explainability in Robotics and Automation
  • Ontology-based approaches for explainable agents and robots
  • Fairness and Transparency in AI and Robots
  • AI, Robotics and law
  • Representation, reasoning, and behaviors for autonomy
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning for autonomous robots
  • Multiple autonomous robots and cloud robotics
  • Affordances in human robot interaction

WORKSHOP CO-CHAIRS (alphabetical order)

  • Daniel Beßler, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University of Bremen, Germany
  • Julita Bermejo-Alonso, Autonomous Systems Laboratory, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
  • Paulo J.S. Gonçalves, IDMEC - Center of Intelligent Systems, University of Lisbon/ Instituto Politecnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal
  • Howard Li, University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Alberto Olivares-Alarcos, Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC, Spain