Testing Services

The test courses housed at the NERVE Center can be used for measuring robot capabilities, training end users and operators, and demonstrations to potential funders or procurements. The resouces at the NERVE Center can be reserved using the Core Research Facility (CRF) system. Reservation of test courses is available in full or half day sessions which provides exclusive use of the entire facility along with multi-angled video recording and data collection by NERVE staff. Hourly use is also available on a shared course basis. For information on 3D printing and laser cutting services see the Prototyping Services page.

To use the NERVE Center CRF visit UMass Lowell's Core Research Facility website to open an account and reserve testing time. By becoming a user you will also have access to all of the other Core Research Facilities at UMass Lowell.

Costs for services listed here are for non-member and member industry users. Please contact NERVE@cs.uml.edu to inquire about government and academic rates.


Shared Hourly Use

Reserve a set of test apparatuses by the hour for shared usage; there may be up to four clients testing simultaneously in different test suites. NERVE staff will be available to adjust test apparatus settings; quad-screen video recording and data collection is available only during Assisted Use. There are four suites of test apparatuses, each of which can be reserved separately:

 

 

Mobility: Terrain

Mobility: Obstacles

Manipulation

Water

 
  • Line Following / Towing
  • Continuous Ramps
  • Crossing Ramps
  • Symmetric Stepfields
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • Outdoor Ground Types
  • Hurdles
  • Gaps
  • Pure Towing
  • Stairs
  • Inclined Plane
  • Ant Farm
  • Underbody Search
  • Payload at Reach / Lifting
  • Inspection
  • Insertion & Retrieval
  • Radial, Dexterous, Planar Wall, Vertical and Horizontal Cylinders
  • Open Access Bay
  • Visual Acuity Tests
  • Fording Basin
  • Splash Pools
  • Rain Test Area
  • Wet Ramp
   

Self Use

Assisted Use

 

Mobility, Manipulation

 

Non-member: $106

Member: $84

Non-member: $216

Member: $172

 

Water

 

Non-member: $211

Member: $169

Non-member: $321

Member: $257

 


Exclusive Daily Use

Exclusive use of the NERVE Center with no other users present. Includes quad-screen video recording and data collection by NERVE staff. The rates for booking full days and half days are as follows:

  Full day
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Non-member: $3,966 Member: $3,170
  Half day
8:30 am - 11:30 am
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Non-member: $1,983 Member: $1,585

 


How to Become a Member of the NERVE Center

NERVE Center Membership Agreement (PDF): Download, fill out, sign, and send to NERVE@cs.uml.edu

Principal membership costs $5,000 annually and includes:

  • Use of the NERVE Center's testing and prototyping services through the CRF at the discounted member rates
  • One representative on the Industrial Advisory Board
  • Two admission tickets to all NERVE Center events, including lectures, symposiums, and the semi-annual research meeting
  • Access to metrics and test courses developed at the NERVE Center prior to their finalization, with the ability to provide feedback at the semi-annual research meeting
  • Ability to host research demonstrations, at the expense of the Member and in accordance to the Core Research Facility terms, at the NERVE Center, subject to availability
  • Name and/or company logo on the membership page of the NERVE Center website (see Affiliates page)


Associate membership is available for companies with 50 or fewer employees, costs $1,000 annually, and includes:

  • Use of the NERVE Center's prototyping services through the CRF at the discounted member rates
  • One admission ticket to all NERVE Center events and meetings
  • Name and/or company logo on the membership page of the NERVE Center website (see Affiliates page)


To see a listing of our current members, click here.
 

 


 

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