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Manipulation and Mobility Systems Group

The Manipulation and Mobility Systems Group develops, advances, and deploys measurement science for intelligent robotic systems used in manufacturing and construction applications. Carries out mission-related measurement science research and services to advance: high performance servomechanisms; electromechanical devices and actuators; sensor-based manipulation; micro/nanoscale systems; mobility and navigation; and intelligent controls.

News and Updates

Projects and Programs

Emergency Response Robots

Emergency responders risk life and limb interacting with known hazards to protect the public, rescue potential victims, and enhance the resilience of

Mobility Performance of Robotic Systems

Mobile robots are expanding their capabilities well beyond the traditional role of Automatic/Automated/Autonomous Guided Vehicles (A-UGV) as they attain greater

Publications

Spinal Helical Actuation Patterns for Locomotion in Soft Robots

Author(s)
Jennifer C. Case, James Gibert, Joran Booth, Vytas SunSpiral, Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio
Spinal-driven locomotion was first hypothesized to exist in biological systems in the 1980's; however, only recently has the concept been applied to legged

Benchmarking Protocols for Evaluating Small Parts Robotic Assembly Systems

Author(s)
Kenneth E. Kimble, Joseph A. Falco, Elena R. Messina, Karl Van Wyk , Yu Sun, Mizuho Shibata, Wataru Uemura, Yasuyoshi Yokokohji
This paper presents a set of performance metrics, test methods, and associated artifacts to help progress the development and deployment of robotic assembly

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