The objective of the Next-Generation Robotics and Automation Program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science to safely increase the versatility, autonomy, and rapid re-tasking of intelligent robots and automation technologies for smart manufacturing and cyber-physical systems applications.
This Program addresses the measurement science and standards necessary to enable the next generation of robots and automation systems and to facilitate their adoption in manufacturing in the U.S. The program addresses major barriers including perception, manipulation, mobility, autonomy, and safety. It does so through targeted projects that develop standards and performance measures that will help spur development and applications of intelligent robots that safely operate in close proximity to people. The targeted manufacturers include both large manufacturers and the small and medium-sized enterprises that comprise 86% of all manufacturing establishments, but often lag in adopting new technologies.
The Program directly supports the Engineering Laboratory’s goal to enable the next generation of innovative and competitive manufacturing, construction, and cyber-physical systems through advances in measurement science, and addresses the core competence “Intelligent sensing, control, processes, and automation for cyber-physical systems”.
Progress in robotics is currently hindered by the lack of a common language and tools to specify quantitatively the performance that is needed and objectively and reproducibly measure how well systems meet the performance requirements. This Program applies NIST’s measurement science expertise together with its robotics expertise, to ensure that U.S. industries successfully leverage the huge potential of robotics. NIST is uniquely positioned to foster collaboration between users, robot manufacturers, and academics to identify common robotics measurement science needs, develop standard test methods to address them, and encourage end-user adoption. NIST is actively involved in safety standards for robots, so has the necessary contacts and exposure to manufacturers, integrators and users that will allow successful transfer of knowledge to industry.
Some recent accomplishments in safe human-robot interactions include:
NIST robot testbed.
Start Date:October 1, 2011
Lead Organizational Unit:el
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