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Craig I. Schlenoff

Craig Schlenoff is the Group Leader of the Cognition and Collaboration Systems Group and the Associate Program Manager of the Robotic Systems for Smart Manufacturing Program in the Intelligent Systems Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He leads the Agility Performance of Robotic Systems project and co-leads the Embodied AI and Data Generation for Manufacturing Robotics project. His research interests include knowledge representation/ontologies, intention recognition, and performance evaluation techniques applied to manufacturing robotic systems. He has led multiple million-dollar projects, dealing with performance evaluation of advanced military technologies and agility performance of manufacturing robotic systems. He has published over 150 journal and conference papers, guest edited three journals, and written three book chapters. He is currently the Associate Vice President for Standardization within the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the vice chair of the IEEE Robot Task Representation Working Group. He previously served as the program manager for the Process Engineering Program at NIST and the Director of Ontologies at VerticalNet. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and his Master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, both in mechanical engineering, and his PhD from the University of Burgundy, France in computer science.


IEEE Standards Association Standards Medallion for significant contributions to IEEE Standards (December 2019)

IEEE Emerging Technology Award for the IEEE Core Ontologies for Robotics and Automation Standard (December 2015)

NIST Gold Medal Award for developing innovative techniques to secure and measure the performance of smartphones and applications (January 2014)

NIST Silver Medal Award for developing innovative techniques to measure the performance of automated speech translation systems leading to confident U.S. military fielding (September 2011)

NIST Bronze Medal Award for developing and administering a groundbreaking performance evaluation framework for characterizing complex intelligent systems (September 2008)

NIST Colleague’s Choice Award for exemplary leadership and championship of the NIST mission in the management of independent evaluation for the DARPA ASSIST and TRANSTAC programs (December 2007)


Introduction: Special Issue on Enabling Robot Autonomy

Craig I. Schlenoff, Stephen B. Balakirsky, Henrik I. Christensen
Today's state-of-the-art robots are capable of sub-millimeter movement accuracy when performing highly repeatable tasks. They perform extremely well in highly

A Suite of Ontologies for Robotics and Automation

Sandro R. Fiorini, Julita Bermejo-Alonso, Paulo Goncalves, Edison Pignaton de Freitas, Alberto Olivares Alarcos, Joanna Isabelle Olszewska, Edson Prestes, Craig I. Schlenoff, Veera S. Ragavan, Signe Redfield, Bruce Spencer, Howard Li
One of the basic requirements for any type of robot communication (whether with other robots or humans) is the need for a common vocabulary along with clear and
Created February 20, 2019, Updated April 23, 2020