IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Boston Chapter Talk: SSCI

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Boston Chapter, will be hosting an invited talk from SSCI at the UMass Lowell NERVE Center on September 12, 2017, 6:15pm - 8:00pm. The talk, "High Speed Reactive Obstacle Avoidance and Aperture Traversal Using a Monocular Camera," will focus on developments in autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle technology given by Dr. N. Andrew Browning from SSCI. Attendance is free and open to the public.

2017 NAO User and Developer Congress

The second annual NAO User and Develop Congress will be held at the UMass Lowell NERVE Center on September 21-22, 2017. The event is designed to bring together the latest in worldwide NAO robot applications, technologies, software, tools, and behavior use cases. Key presentations by the world's leading NAO software specialists and researchers will be featured, and a special update from SoftBank Robotics on the "State of NAO in 2017." Register on EventBrite here!

The New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a dedicated research, testing, and training facility. The mission of the NERVE Center is to improve the development of robotic systems by both academic researchers and corporations by facilitating evaluation throughout the design cycle.


The NERVE Center houses replicas of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Standard Test Methods for Robots, water test areas designed in collaboration with the Army, an indoor rain area, NERVE-specific apparatuses, and the ability to simulate a variety of operational scenarios and experiment set-ups. The indoor arenas allow for year-round testing of robot systems with water, sand, and other features difficult to maintain outdoors in New England.┬áNine thousand square feet is dedicated to test courses and apparatuses. Each course is outfitted with a video recording system to capture robot testing sessions throughout the entire facility. NERVE Center employees are available to aid with testing and adjust apparatus settings.


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The center is conducting research to continue the development of standard methods for evaluating robots. For example, there are few validation methods that have been developed for fully autonomous robot systems, an area with a great deal of current research and development. Feedback on new metrics is solicited from NERVE Center members.



UMass Lowell NERVE Center, 1001 Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell, MA 01854
For more information, please contact or call 978-934-6600