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2022.01 ASTM E54.09 Virtual Meeting

2022 - Tuesday January 25 - Thursday January 27

ASTM E54.09 Standard Committee Meeting

Virtual - Eastern Standard Time

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

As you are aware, our regularly scheduled June  face-to-face meeting has been cancelled in an effort to keep the ASTM community safe as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to unfold.  E54.09 will hold Committee Meetings by WebEX during the dates of January 25-28, 2022. 

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




Registration is not required.


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.




January 25, 2022 (Tuesday) 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
Dial: 1-877-668-4490
Meeting Code: 2632 969 1039
  • Recent Events: 
    • NAVEODTECH rodeo, Indianhead, MD
    • International RoboCupRescue competition (remotely conducted),
    • NATO EOD Workshop and SCI-342 EOD Robot Dexterity Classification Tests,
    • Guardian Center exercise (legged only)
    • New facilities: Air Force/Tyndall AFB, Navy/NAVEODTECH, Canada, Australia, others.
  • Maneuvering Tests Forward/reverse driving tests including new K-rail terrain, new Center Through Gaps, New Incline
  • Mobility Terrain Tests: Figure-8s, Zig-Zag Paths, and Crossover Slopes plus new crate terrains for legged robot.
  • Dexterity Tests: New classification tests including linear and omni inspect tasks and tool touch/insert tasks being disseminated through NATO-SCI-342.
  • Strength Tests: Grasp and Place, Grasp and Drag, Grasp and Roll.
  • C-IED/EOD Tests: Break glass, bore panels, cut ropes/chain/rebar, x-ray dice, proximity and touch sampling, place mineral water disruptor.
  • Situational Awareness Tests: Updated search tasks in maze/labyrinth, mapping (2D&3D) at UMass-Lowell.
  • Sensing Tests: visual/thermal, camera pointing, color, motion, audio, latency, proximity sampling.
  • Radio Comms Tests: Line-of-sight range, non-line-of-sight range, and attenuated range from armored personnel carriers.
  • Logistics: Configuration identification, cache packaging, set up time.
January 26, 2022 (Wednesday) 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
Dial: 1-877-668-4490
Meeting Code: 2634 659 7486
  • Committee Business: Agenda, membership, previous minutes, ballots, deadlines.
  • Recent Events:  
    • Conferences: 
      • DroneResponders Fly-in at NFL Falcons Stadium, Atlanta, GA (AUVSI)
      • UTAC Conference, Guardian Centers, GA
  • Use Cases:
    • Texas Dept. of Public Safety statewide credentialing
    • Colorado Dept. of Public Safety statewide credentialing
    • Civil Air Patrol nationwide credentialing
    • DHS Border Protection innovation and training
  • Courses:
    • FAA Safety Team Course (Open Test Lane) with certificate of completion
    • APSA Proctor courses and credentialing (Open Lane and new Obstructed Lane)
    • Embry-Riddle University online courses (Open Test Lane)
    • New simulated training tools (Open Test Lane and scenarios)
  • Evaluations
    • DOJ/ATF small drones 
  • Open Test Lane overview and related scenarios with embedded scoring
  • Obstructed Test Lane overview and related scenarios with embedded scoring
  • Confined Test Lane overview and related scenarios with embedded scoring
  • Sensing Tests: Camera pointing, visual, color, motion, thermal, latency, noise
  • Radio Comms Tests: Line-of-sight range, non-line-of-sight range, and attenuated range
  • Logistics Tests: Configuration identification, cache packaging, set up time
  • Other Tests: Deliver packagerain tolerance, lights and sounds, impact forces 
  • Facilities: Emerging facilities and proctor credentialing process
January 27, 2022 (Thursday) 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
Dial: 1-877-668-4490
Meeting Code: 2632 389 8914
January 27, 2022 (Thursday) 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
  • Committee Business: agenda, minutes, membership, ballots, deadlines
  • Recent Events: Port Hueneme exercises (swimming drone too), Texas Public Safety Response Robot Summit (March 2021/2022)
  • Maneuvering: Hold position and orientation in turbulence, bollard thrust
  • Dexterity & Strength: Planar, cylindrical, omni-directional reach tasks
  • C-IED/EOD Tasks: Break glass, bore panels, cut ropes/chain/rebar, affix disruptor
  • Sensing: Sonar acuity, visual acuity, color acuity
  • Logistics: Configuration Identification, Cache Packaging, Set Up TimeJ









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Created January 25, 2022, Updated June 3, 2022