NIST IOF Workshop

Dr. Ameri Attended the first workshop on Industrial Ontology Foundry (IOF) at NIST, Gaithersburg, MD. The objective of this first workshop was to identify industry needs and research issues that will lead to a roadmap for development of such IOF. Academic and industrial representatives (including representatives form Dassault Systems, JPL,  and Autodesk) participated in this workshop to identify the major challenges and develop a roadmap. .

Ontologies and semantic technologies have seen increasing uses in engineering applications; and most recently they have gained traction in the context of advanced manufacturing. Nearly all projects in the EU H2020 FoF project have adopted ontology as a component. Similarly, NIST’s smart manufacturing projects also have an ontology as a component. In addition, over the last two decades, NIST has developed several ontologies in the manufacturing and other engineering domains. These ontologies served various, overlapping objectives and related yet disparate. The goal of the IOF is to bring together ontologies in the industrial domain so that they can together provide more industrial value.