Adam Jacoff is a robotics research engineer at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) which is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Over the past thirty years he has developed a variety of innovative robots & directed evaluations of hundreds of others in a range of shapes & sizes. Examples include the first technology readiness level assessment of autonomous mobility for the U.S. Army's Experimental Unmanned Vehicle (XUV) (2002-2003); teams of autonomous robots mapping wide areas for the U.S./Australian Army’s MAGIC2010 competition (2009-2010); humanoid robots for the DARPA Robotics Challenge for Disaster Response (2012-2015); & annual international AAAI & RoboCupRescue Championships (2000-present).
He is developing a suite of 50 standard test methods that evaluate ground, aquatic, & aerial system capabilities to facilitate integration of emerging technologies. He has conducted more than thirty international robot competitions using the tests as challenge tasks to guide innovation & measure progress (2000-present). Also more than a hundred robot exercises to refine & validate the tests with emergency responders & robot manufacturers (2005-present) resulting in $200M of purchasing decisions for civilian & military organizations (20010-present). He is now validating use of the tests as repeatable practice tasks to focus remote operator/pilot training & measure proficiency for credentialing (2015-present).
Recognition of his work includes:
• Service to America Medal (Finalist) (2021)
• Presidential Gears of Government Award (2020)
• Homeland Security Today Award: MVP for Drones (2020)
• Department of Commerce Secretary’s Excellence in Innovation Award (2019)
• Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award (2019)
• NIST's Measurement Science Award (2014)
• Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Awards (2011, 2004, 2002)
• Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer (2008)
• NIST’s Applied Research Award (2006)