January 22, 2013

The initial build is complete! Ann Virts from NIST joined us for our build last week and it was very successful. Check out a few photos below:



January 11, 2013

The NERVE Center team is deep in the process of building robot test courses. Next week we will be finishing fabrication of the NIST test courses we are replicating, which includes stairs, gaps, hurdles, crossing/continuous pitch and roll ramps, symmetric stepfields, and elements from the manipulation dexterity suite.

Our grand opening has been scheduled for February 12, 2013. For more information click here!


December 10, 2012

Initial construction for the NERVE Center is complete! We will begin moving in this week, and test course fabrication will begin next week. As part of the initial construction we have our fording basins and splash pools, seen below. Also check out a short video of our indoor rain area in action:

Look for more in-process photos as we begin building the NIST testing apparatuses.


June 18, 2012

The NERVE Center has been awarded $135,000 from the President's Science and Technology Initiatives Fund. It is one of six research projects that were funded, which range from creating standards for testing robotic systems to detecting financial fraud in large-scale securities data to developing new skin cancer imaging technologies.

New England Robotics Validation & Experimentation (NERVE) Center - UMass Lowell
The center will provide robotics companies and research institutions with a National Institute of Standards and Technology designed test course for year-round validation of robots and robotic systems. Collaborators include UMass Amherst's Rod Grupen and Tufts University, while Worcester Polytechnic Institute and local robotics companies such as iRobot, QinetiQ, Black-I Robotics are likely to use the NERVE Center.
Award: $135,000; Principal researcher: Holly Yanco, founder, UMass Lowell Robotics Lab

Read the entire article here: UMass President awards $750,000 for Innovative Faculty Research


The NERVE Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell will facilitate the improved development of robotic systems by both academic researchers and corporations by providing dedicated testing facilities. The center will house elements of NIST's Standard Test Methods for Robots, including the VBIED test courses, and water areas such as fording basins and splash pools, designed in collaboration with the army. The center will also have an indoor rain area. The indoor arenas will allow for year-round testing of robot systems with water, sand, and other features difficult to maintain outdoors during a New England winter.

In addition to building test courses for currently accepted metrics, we will conduct research to continue the development of standard methods for evaluating robots. A development lab will also be located within the center, with tools including a laser cutter and 3D printer.



Current members:

UMass Lowell NERVE Center, 1001 Pawtucket Boulevard, Lowell, MA 01854
For more information please contact NERVE@cs.uml.edu