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

Location: ICC Capital Suite 16, ExCeL London


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


  • Submission deadline: April 9 (extended)
  • Notification: April 30
  • Camera ready: May 16 (details on ‘Accepted papers’ page)
  • Workshop: June 2


Participants are invited to submit demo papers of 2+n pages accompanied with videos, or short papers of 4+n pages (IEEE format) for oral presentation in person at ICRA in London. Contributions shall be submitted through the EasyChair conference system on this submission link. They will be peer-reviewed (single-blind) and published on our website with the permission of authors, who will be invited to submit a journal article to a special issue. Details about the special issue will be announced after the workshop. Submissions shall focus on previous or ongoing research, use cases of ontologies for robotics, or new projects on ontologies, including but not limited to, the following topics:

  • 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 Politécnico 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