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Craig I. Schlenoff (Fed)

Craig Schlenoff is the Group Leader of the Cognition and Collaboration Systems Group and the 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)


Assessing Industrial Robot agility through international competitions

Anthony Downs, Zeid Kootbally, William S. Harrison, Pavlo Piliptchak, Brian Antonishek, Murat Aksu, Craig I. Schlenoff
Manufacturing and Industrial Robotics have reached a point where in order to be more useful to small and medium sized manufacturers, the systems must become

An Integrated Set of XML Tools – User Guide

Thomas R. Kramer, Zeid Kootbally, Craig Schlenoff
This user guide describes an integrated set of C++ software tools for manipulating XML (eXtensible Markup Language) schemas and XML instance files. The tools

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


Six-Dimensional Smart Target

NIST Inventors
Craig I. Schlenoff and Helen Qiao
Patent Description A novel smart target has been designed for vison agnostic systems to acquire six-dimensional (6-D) information of a moving object (x, y, z, pitch, yaw, and roll) with high accuracy. The smart target is motorized to constantly rotate toward the measurement instrument for non
Created February 20, 2019, Updated June 15, 2021