National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Measurement Science for Manufacturing Robotics Program

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8230
Gaithersburg, MD 20899 USA

Tel: (301) 975-6069

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is one of the nation's oldest physical science laboratories and is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST measurements support the smallest of technologies to the largest and most complex of human-made creations—from nanoscale devices so tiny that tens of thousands can fit on the end of a single human hair up to earthquake-resistant skyscrapers and global communication networks. NIST's mission To promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST's core competencies - Measurement science - Rigorous traceability - Development and use of standards NIST’s Measurement Science for Manufacturing Robotics (MSMR) Program The NIST MSMR Program aims 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 integration into the enterprise in order to achieve dynamic production for assembly-centric manufacturing. The MSMR Program’s 7 primary areas of focus are: 1. Embodied AI and Data Generation for Manufacturing Robotics Provide structured artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) training datasets, and proven, trained, and applied AI/ML models. 2. Agility Performance of Robotic Systems Deliver robot agility performance metrics, test methods. information models, data sets, and planning approaches. 3. Mobility Performance of Robot Systems Provide the measurement science to develop standard test methods for intelligent industrial mobility systems, including mobile robots, mobile manipulators, and exoskeletons. 4. Grasping, Manipulation, and Contact Safety Performance of Robotic Systems To provide performance metrics, test methods and associated measurement tools to support next-generation robot systems having human-like dexterity and force control characteristics. 5. Perception Performance of Robot Systems To develop measurement science for sensing and perception system performance characterization. 6. Performance of Human-Robot Interaction To deliver a suite of test methods, protocols, and information models to enable effective, human-robot collaboration, and advance interactive robot technologies to facilitate the safe and efficient teaming of people and robots. 7. Tools for Collaborative Robots within SME Workcells Deliver a suite of tools that facilitates calibration procedures for individual robots, robot-to-robot coordination, sensors, and grippers.

Products / Services
  • Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing
  • Mobile Robots
  • Research
  • Robots - Industrial
  • Robots - Service or Educational
  • Safety & Ergonomic Equipment
  • Sensors & Sensor Integrated Systems
  • Vision Systems
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