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Intelligent Systems Division

The Intelligent Systems Division develops, advances and deploys measurement science and standards to speed development, adoption, and integration of leading-edge intelligent technologies to advance U.S. manufacturing performance.

Intelligent Systems Division measurement science research programs aim to:

  • Safely increase the versatility, autonomy, and rapid re-tasking of intelligent robots and automation technologies for smart manufacturing and cyber-physical systems applications;
  • Enable real-time monitoring, control, and performance optimization of smart manufacturing systems in the factories of small, medium, and large companies; and
  • Enable rapid, agile, and cost-effective production of complex, first-to-market products through advanced manufacturing processes and equipment

The Division works closely with industry organizations to achieve these programmatic impacts through test methods and tools, publications, and timely technical contributions to broadly used manufacturing industry consensus standards.

Primary Focus Areas:

Measurement Science for Additive Manufacturing Program

Measurement Science for Manufacturing Robotics Program

Trustworthy Systems, Components, and Data for Smart Manufacturing Program

News and Updates

Spotlight: 3D Perception Systems

When you pick up one pencil from a pile on a table, how does your hand know where to go or what to grab? Your eyes help out. For robots to do the same, they

Spotlight: The Robot Workcell Checkup

Your toe bone is connected to your foot bone, then your heel bone, then your ankle bone … so when something hurts, doctors at your checkup can go down the line

Projects and Programs

Performance of Human-Robot Interaction

In terms of collaborative robotics, the widespread adoption of robots in historically manual manufacturing environments (which are subject to high product

AM Machine and Process Qualification

Machines and processes used to produce critical components for defense, aerospace, and medical applications must first be formally qualified. While

Tools and Instruments

Manufacturing Robotics Testbed

The NIST manufacturing robotics test bed consists of several labs located in three buildings on the main NIST campus. Combined, these serve as a resource for

Robotics Test Facility

Located on the NIST Gaithersburg campus, the Robotics Test Facility – also known as Building 207 – is a laboratory for developing standard methods of measuring

Awards

2018 Henry Marion Howe Medal

The ASM Henry Marion Howe Medal is awarded in memory of Dr. Henry Marion Howe, a distinguished teacher, writer, metallurgist and consultant...