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Ann Virts (Fed)

Project Leader

Ann is the project leader of the Mobility Performance of Robotic Systems.  She leads the project by developing test methods, artifacts, and datasets that measure the performance and safety characteristics of mobile and wearable robots within manufacturing/industrial environments.  

Ann is also the Associate project leader for the Emergency Response Robots project in the Fire Risk Reduction in Communities program. She develops and implements robot test methods, interfaces with emergency responders and robot technology developers, and meets complex technical and logistical demands of demanding response robot field exercises. In addition to her emergency response robotics work.

Ann’s past contributions include leading data collection efforts and participating in field exercises for several DARPA and Army Research Laboratory projects.


 Ann has been recognized with numerous awards during her tenure at NIST including:

  • DOC Gold Medal for contributions innovations in developing and disseminating more than 30 performance tests to quantitatively measure and compare ground robot capabilities for extremely hazardous missions, 2019
  • Ron Brown Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes unusually significant accomplishments that resulted in the implementation of innovative and creative solutions to Commerce Department problems and challenges, 2019
  • NIST Bronze Medal for contributions to ASTM F45 performance standards that enable manufacturers to optimize their use of industrial unmanned vehicles, 2018
  • The Edward Bennett Rosa Award. For outstanding contributions to the development of ASTM international standard test methods and prototype tests to advance emergency response robots, 2014
  • DOC Silver Medal - For developing techniques to measure and assess the performance of automated Middle Eastern speech translation systems leading to U.S. military use, 2011
  •  NIST Bronze Medal - For advancement of measurement science for evaluating the performance of autonomous vehicles in realistic, complex and dynamic environments, 2011
  •  NIST Bronze Medal – For development and implementation of the SCORE framework, 2008
  •  NIST Colleagues Choice Award - For dedicated contributions that supported NIST's mission, promoted effective external interactions and enhanced division vitality, 2007
  •  Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award - For technical achievement in applying robotic crane research to improve the productivity and safety of large aircraft maintenance operations, 2006


Towards a Markerless 3D Pose Estimation Tool

Amaan Rahman, Mili Shah, Ya-Shian Li-Baboud, Ann Virts
Evaluation of exoskeleton performance benefts from standards to verify proper functionality and safety. Currently, there are limited evaluation methods for

Workshop Report: Standards and Performance Metrics for On-Road Autonomous Vehicles

Craig I. Schlenoff, Suzanne Lightman, Vinh Nguyen, Prem Rachakonda, Tao Zhang, Omar Aboul-Enein, Nicholas Barbosa, C Cameron Miller, Daniel Sawyer, Ann Virts
On-road autonomous vehicles are expected to significantly influence key aspects of everyday life. However, these complex systems can pose a safety risk in the
Created April 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022