NERVE Center Now Offering Hourly Rates for Test Course Usage

In response to numerous requests, the NERVE Center is now offering shared hourly usage for reserving and using test apparatuses. The NERVE Center always houses the most up-to-date standard test methods from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as those prototyping and validating for future standards. Click here for more info!

NERVE Center's 3D Printer and Laser Cutter Now Available

The NERVE Center recently acquired a Stratasys Eden 260V 3D printer and a Universal Laser Systems PLS6.150D laser cutter. Both machines can be used to fabricate prototypes and one-offs for robot parts like gripper fingers, sensor mounts, and more. Click here for more info!

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