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Events and Meetings

2023 Meetings

Tuesday January 24, 2023 - Thursday January 26, 2023


Committee Overview

Over the past few years our suite of 30 ground robot test methods have been adopted widely across the U.S. and internationally to support purchasing and training. We are now expanding our efforts to develop test methods for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) defined by the FAA as under 25kg (55lbs) and for underwater remotely operated vehicles for hazardous environments.

Remotely operated robots enable emergency responders to perform extremely hazardous tasks from safer stand-off distances. Standard test methods help robot manufacturers and users objectively evaluate system capabilities to align with mission requirements. This improves the safety and effectiveness of emergency responders as they attempt to save lives and protect property in our communities.

The ASTM International Standards Committee on Homeland Security Applications: Response Robots (E54.09) is developing the standards infrastructure necessary to inspire innovation, inform purchasing decisions, and focus training with measures of operator proficiency. Adam Jacoff from NIST’s Intelligent Systems Division chairs the sub-committee with his team of robotics researchers and collaborators from all over the world. The standards committee is made up of robot manufacturers, emergency responders, test administrators, program managers, and others interested in developing the underlying measurement science necessary to quantitatively evaluate and compare robotic system capabilities and operator proficiencies.

This effort has been sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate, Capability Development Support Group, Office of Standards. They along with other sponsors have facilitated these standards committee meetings and associated test method validation exercises for nearly fifty test methods for ground, aerial, and aquatic systems.


Overview of Meeting

The objective of this meeting of the ASTM International Standards Committee on Homeland Security Applications, Sub-Committee on Response Robots (E54.09) is to provide an update on each working group’s effort with an emphasis on getting the existing test methods to ballot. Draft standards and prototype apparatus designs will be reviewed by manufacturers and others.  Topics will include recent test method validation exercises, robot purchases,  competitions, training events, and new collaborating test facilities around the world.


Presentation Slides from the Meeting

Will be posted after the meeting.



Registration is required.

Online Registration is for in-person attendance only. No cash or check will be accepted on-site.

Registration link:  E54 Homeland Security Applications (

More information can be found on the main ASTM January 2023 Committee Week website.

Join or transfer to our new sub-committee on Response Robots (E54.09) here:

If you were a member of the Operational Equipment (E54.08) sub-committee, you are not automatically a member of the new Response Robots (E54.09) sub-committee.  So please go online and either shift or add your affiliation to our new sub-committee.  You do not need to give up your position on any other sub-committee if your interests remain.

















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San Antonio, Texas





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2022 Meetings

June 14 - June 16, 2022

ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting - Virtual

January 25 - January 27, 2022

ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting - Virtual

2021 Meetings

June 8 - June 10, 2021

ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting - Virtual

February 02 - February 04, 2021

ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting - Virtual

2020 Meetings

June 29 - July 01,  2020

ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting. Boston Marriott Copley Place; Boston, MA 

February 03 - 05, 2020

ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting. Atlanta Marriott Marquis; Atlanta, GA 

2019 Meetings

June 03 - 05, 2019

ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel; Denver, CO

2018 Meetings

2018 - June 25-28
ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina; San Diego, CA

2018 -February 26  - Thursday March 01
ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting
National Institute of Standards and Technology;  Gaithersburg, MD

2017 Meetings

2017 - June 12-14
ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting
Hamilton Port Authority; Toronto, Canada

2017 - January 30 - February 3
ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting

FEMA US&R VA-TF2 Special Operations Training Facility ; Virginia Beach, VA

Created November 8, 2016, Updated November 29, 2022