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A Roadmap to Advance Measurement Science in Robot Dexterity and Manipulation



Joseph A. Falco, Jeremy A. Marvel, Elena R. Messina


In order for robots to expand their applicability within manufacturing operations, their dexterity needs to advance considerably. There is active research in many areas that is contributing to creating a new generation of much more dexterous arms and hands. A complementary measurement science research effort, which defines the metrics, artifacts, and test methods, is needed to characterize and understand performance of new capabilities. In this document, a high-level roadmap is proposed for potential long- and short-term work to progress measurement science in the area of dexterous manipulation.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7993
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manufacture, robot, dexterity, manipulation, grasp, performance


Falco, J. , Marvel, J. and Messina, E. (2014), A Roadmap to Advance Measurement Science in Robot Dexterity and Manipulation, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created May 1, 2014, Updated November 10, 2018