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Emergency Response Robot Evaluation Exercise



Adam S. Jacoff, Hui-Min Huang, Ann Virts, Anthony Downs, Raymond Sheh


More than 60 robot test methods are being developed by a team lead by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with the sponsorship of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These test methods are being specified and standardized under the standards development organization ASTM International. These standards are developed for the purposes of identifying the capabilities of mobile robots to help emergency response organizations assess the applicability of the robots. The test methods are developed with an iterative process during which they are prototyped and validated by the participating researchers, developers, emergency response users, and robot manufacturers. An evaluation exercise event that is based on test method implementations and participated by representatives form all these different segments of the community presents a unique opportunity for advancing the test methods, collecting capability data, and identifying robotic technology focusing issues. This paper describes an exercise event that this effort recently conducted.
Proceedings Title
2012 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop
Conference Dates
March 20-22, 2012
Conference Location
College Park, MD, US


capability, emergency response, evaluation, human-robot interaction, HRI, measure, metrics, mobility, power, radio communications, robot, performance, repetition, sensor, standard, task, test, test method, test suite, trial


Jacoff, A. , Huang, H. , Virts, A. , Downs, A. and Sheh, R. (2012), Emergency Response Robot Evaluation Exercise, 2012 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop, College Park, MD, US, [online], (Accessed April 22, 2024)
Created March 21, 2012, Updated October 12, 2021