Adam Norton wearing glasses and a plaid short and smiling at the camera.

Adam Norton

NERVE Center Associate Director

Kennedy College of Sciences
Miner School of Computer & Information Sciences, NERVE Center
110 Canal St. 1st Floor, Lowell, MA 01852


Robotics, Test and Evaluation, Human-Robot Interaction, Field Testing

Research Interests

  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Robot control interfaces
  • Situational awareness
  • Evaluation methodologies
  • Standard test methods


  • Bachelor's Degree of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Graphic Design, University of Massachusetts Lowell


Adam Norton is the Assistant Director of the New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. His research interests include the design of robot control interfaces, evaluation methods for robots and end users, and using robotics for outreach with students. At the NERVE Center, Adam is responsible for developing, evaluating, and administering test methods for robots across many domains. He has developed test methods for response robots and autonomous industrial vehicles with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), worked with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) to measure the performance of exoskeletons in military and industrial domains, and led the test and evaluation of human-robot interaction (HRI) for controlling humanoid robots at the DARPA Robotics Challenge and the capabilities of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for DARPA's Fast Lightweight Autonomy program. Adam is an active voting member and developer of test methods on two standards committees: ASTM E54.09 Committee on Homeland Security Applications; Response Robots, and ASTM F45 Committee on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles. He is also a core developer and provider of Artbotics, an educational outreach program that combines art, computer science, and robotics to create interactive, kinetic projects.