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Manipulation and Mobility Systems Group


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.


Robotic Systems for Smart Manufacturing—To develop and deploy advances in measurement science that enhance U. S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by improving robotic system performance, collaboration, agility, and ease of …

Tools for Collaborative Robots within SME Workcells—Despite the potential quality and productivity advantages, small and medium enterprises have lagged in the adoption of robotic systems within their manufacturing operations. Successful installation …

Robotic Systems Interoperability and Integration—The integration of robotic assembly systems within manufacturing facilities is impeded by the inability of robots to easily communicate with devices and sensors for perception, mobility, and …

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 …

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

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 …

Emergency Response Robots—Emergency responders risk life and limb interacting with known hazards to protect the public, rescue potential victims, and enhance the resilience of communities. Firefighters, bomb technicians, …

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 …

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 …


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.

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