PRONTOE: An Ontology Editor for Domain Experts

  • Scott BellEmail author
  • Pete Bonasso
  • Mark Boddy
  • David Kortenkamp
  • Debra Schreckenghost
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 454)


In this paper, we describe a set of software tools called the PRIDE ONTOlogy Editor (PRONTOE) and a methodology that allows system operators and domain experts to build and maintain ontologies of their systems with no explicit understanding of the underlying ontology representation. We present three case studies: one using NASA flight controllers, one using the DARPA Robotic Challenge, and one using unmanned vehicles.


Domain Expert International Space Station Defense Advance Research Project Agency Defense Advance Research Project Agency Unmanned Vehicle 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.



This work is funded by a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. The authors grateful to Dr. Jeremy Frank of NASA Ames Research Center for his help with this project. The authors also wish to thank the numerous NASA flight controllers who have worked with us over the last several years to get the correct data into our ontology. Kevin Kusy was instrumental in creating import scripts for external databases. The development of an ontology of robot affordances for the simulated Atlas robot was funded under a DARPA Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott Bell
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pete Bonasso
    • 1
  • Mark Boddy
    • 2
  • David Kortenkamp
    • 1
  • Debra Schreckenghost
    • 1
  1. 1.TRACLabs Inc.WebsterUSA
  2. 2.Adventium LabsMinneapolisUSA

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