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Elena Messina

Elena Messina is the group leader of the Manipulation & Mobility Systems Group of the Intelligent Systems Division (ISD) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Her current responsibilities include oversight of major programs focused on standards and measurements for robotic and automation systems. She has chaired the Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems workshop series since 2000 and founded numerous efforts to develop test methodologies for measuring performance of robots, including the development of test arenas and metrics for international rescue robot competitions and the establishment of consensus performance standards for response robots. She currently chairs the ASTM E54.08.01 Task Group on Performance Metrics and Standards for Urban Search and Rescue Robots.

Elena has over 100 publications and is co-editor of the book "Intelligent Vehicle Systems: A 4D/RCS Approach" and of the upcoming “Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking of Intelligent Systems.” She has received two Department of Commerce Bronze Medals for Superior Performance and Technical Leadership.

Prior to joining NIST in 1994, Elena worked in private industry. She held several management and development positions at the Structural Dynamics Research Corporation, focusing on geometric and solid modeling products. As an engineer in the Industrial Robot Division of Cincinnati Milacron, she received patents for her innovations in robotic arc welding and trajectory planning. While working on her Bachelor's in Engineering Science at the University of Cincinnati, Elena co-oped at Argonne National Laboratory and the NASA Johnson Space Center.

Elena Messina


Group Leader
Intelligent Systems Division
Manipulation & Mobility Systems Group

Phone: 301-975-3510
Fax: 301-990-9688