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Adam Jacoff

Adam Jacoff is a robotics research engineer in the Intelligent Systems Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Over the past twenty years, he has developed a variety of innovative robots with a focus on parallel kinematic mechanisms, including long-reach manipulators for nuclear waste cleanup and robotic cranes for large aircraft maintenance. He has worked with mobile robots in a range of sizes including directing technology readiness level assessments of autonomous mobility for the U.S. Army's experimental unmanned vehicle (XUV). His current efforts are focused toward developing standard test methods for emergency response robots to objectively evaluate robot performance and support development of advanced mobile robot capabilities. He organizes response robot evaluation exercises for the Department of Homeland Security to allow emergency responders and robot developers to validate proposed test methods.  He also chairs international RoboCupRescue robot competitions using the test apparatuses as mobility, perception, and manipulation challenges. Recognition of his work includes the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, two U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Awards, NIST’s Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award, and the Japanese Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE) International Award.



Mechanical Engineer
Intelligent Systems Division
Machine Systems Group


B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland.

M.S. degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.


Phone: 301-975-4235
Fax: 301-990-9688