For hourly usage of the NERVE Center's testing resources, the university's Core Research Facility (CRF) system is used to reserve testing time. Up to two users may perform testing at the NERVE Center simultaneously. Resources include:
- Test Courses: The NERVE Center provides test courses, apparatuses, and environments to use for robot testing and operator training. Available apparatuses include standard test methods specified through ASTM E54.09 for response robots (mobility, maneuvering, dexterity, sensors) and ASTM F45 for industrial mobile vehicles (navigation, obstacle avoidance). Custom test apparatuses and environments can be fabricated for an additional fee.
- Consulting/Custom Build: The NERVE Center staff can provide additional services such as consulting for test plan design, IRB protocol development, and the construction of custom test apparatuses. Additional fees for materials and supplies may be added, if applicable.
- MAP Labs Resources: Utilize the available biometric sensors and equipment, including AMTI Force Plates, Motek M-Gait Instrumented Treadmill, APDM Opal Wearable IMUs, Cosmed K5 Metabolic Measurement, Equivital Heart Rate, Motion Analysis Camera Motion Capture, and Biopac EMG.
Onsite testing at the NERVE Center is available as service use (NERVE staff assists to facilitate testing, collect data, record video) or self use (client conducts testing on their own). Offsite testing available with additional fees for travel and any costs for offsite location rental.
Costs for services are listed on the Core Research Facility (CRF) website for industry users. Please e-mail Adam Norton - email: firstname.lastname@example.org - to inquire about government and academic rates. Before booking, e-mail to review test plans and scope.