ASTM WK53649

    New Test Method for Evaluating Ground Response Robot Maneuvering: Align Edges

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E54.09 | Committee E54 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    The purpose of this test method, as a part of a suite of Maneuvering test methods, is to quantitatively evaluate a remotely teleoperated robots capability of having its edges being aligned with narrow passage ways during maneuvering. The apparatus associated with this test method challenges specific robot capabilities in repeatable ways to facilitate direct comparison of different robot models as well as particular configurations of similar robot models. The suite of HSI test methods quantifies a corresponding set of elemental capabilities necessary for ground robot response applications. As such, the suite should be used collectively to capture the overall HSI performance. The suite of the test methods involves robotic tasks that are associated with this proposed standard along with search tasks in random mazes with complex terrain, navigation tasks in hallway labyrinths with complex terrain, and aligning robotic geometric centers in narrow alleys. Additional test methods will be developed within the suite to fully address robot HSI capabilities requirements. The apparatuses associated with this test method will be standardized such that they could be adjusted to test for the width of alleys that a testing robot is capable of maneuvering through. Additional, standardized entanglement articles will also be a part of the apparatuses in case such capabilities are to be tested for. Systems with assistive capabilities or autonomous behaviors are not specifically rewarded in the performance metrics. However, any associated demonstration of improved operator/robot performance, efficiency, and/or survivability under test will be captured.


    Emergency, human system interaction, HSI, improvised explosive device, IED, operator control unit, OCU, remote teleoperation, responder, response, robot, test suite, urban search and rescue, US&R


    This test method is to be developed to address the needs from response operations. However, it may be applicable to additional application domains. It can be used for the associated training purposes. It can provide practice tasks that exercise robotic control, including on actuators, sensors, and operator control units (OCUs). It can also provide capability objectives for the involved subsystems on the robots.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Ann Virts

    Draft Under Development