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Manipulation and Mobility Systems Group

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The Manipulation and Mobility Systems Group develops, advances, and deploys measurement science for intelligent robotic systems used in manufacturing and construction applications.  Carries out mission-related measurement science research and services to advance: high performance servomechanisms; electromechanical devices and actuators; sensor-based manipulation; micro/nanoscale systems; mobility and navigation; and intelligent controls.

Programs/Projects

Standard Test Methods for Response Robots—The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing a comprehensive set of standard test methods and associated performance metrics to quantify key capabilities of …

Performance Assessment Framework for Robotic Systems—Most assembly tasks are not readily automatable today due to robots’ limited perception, mobility, and dexterity.1,2 Furthermore, there are no means of creating assembly-centric performance models …

Emergency Response Robots—Emergency responders enhance the resiliency of communities by exploiting remotely operated robots to protect the public during extremely hazardous situations including disabling or dismantling …

Performance of Collaborative Robot Systems—The widespread use of robots in flexible factory environments is limited by the robots’ inability to coordinate, communicate, and understand their actions, roles, and task statuses to effectively …

Robotic Systems for Smart Manufacturing—A new vision for U. S. manufacturing is emerging to strengthen U. S. competitiveness in the face of global trends that are driving manufacturers towards dramatically greater responsiveness and …

Agility Performance of Robotic Systems—The application of robotics in manufacturing assembly is hindered by their lack of agility, their large changeover times for new tasks and new products , and their limited reusability. Removing …

Robotic Systems Interoperability and Integration—The integration of robotic assembly systems within manufacturing facilities is impeded by the incompatibility between robots and the next generation of perception, mobility, and manipulation …

Army Research Laboratory Perception/ Performance Evaluation Project—The detection, classification, and tracking of moving vehicles and people from an unmanned vehicle maneuvering at speeds of up to 80 kph remain a recognized risk to the successful development of …

Federal Highway Administration Exploratory Advanced Research Program—Leverage NIST knowledge and capabilities in task analysis, perception, autonomous vehicle systems, and performance measurements to support an FWHA project to evaluate visibility requirements for …

RoboCrane—(Concluded) The RoboCrane design utilizes the basic idea of the Stewart Platform parallel link manipulator. The unique feature of the NIST approach is the use of cables as the parallel links and …

DARPA Learning Applied to Ground Robots (LAGR) Project—The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Intelligent Systems Division (ISD) participated in the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) Learning Applied to Ground Robots …

Dynamic Tracking or Ground Truth Referencing of Robotic Perception Systems for Army Research Laboratory and Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) —Develop and deploy measurement technologies and test methods with a focus on obtaining ground truth for fixed and moving objects in support of the evaluation of perception and other robotic …

Highlights

robocrane, Credit: Photos by N.E. Wasson Jr., U.S. Technology Corp.
A worker in a protective cab on a NIST-developed revolutionary robotic platform strips paint off a U.S. Air Force C-130.The easily maneuverable platform, that uses computer-controlled cables to "float" around the aircraft, promises to drastically reduce paint-stripping time per airplane,cut maintenance costs and lessen incidents of operator stress and injury.

Credit: Photos by N.E. Wasson Jr., U.S. Technology Corp.
 
Contact

Elena Messina, Group Leader
Beth Moylan, Administrative Office Assistant

General Information:
301 975 3510 Telephone
301 990 9688 Facsimile

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8230
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8230