Analysis of Exoskeleton-Use for Enhancing Human Performance Data Collection

ICR 202111-0693-001

OMB: 0693-0083

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0693-0083 202111-0693-001
Received in OIRA 201810-0693-003
Analysis of Exoskeleton-Use for Enhancing Human Performance Data Collection
Revision of a currently approved collection   No
Regular 11/24/2021
  Requested Previously Approved
36 Months From Approved 11/30/2021
240 180
40 30
0 0

Exoskeletons – sometimes called wearable robots – are a very rapidly expanding domain with a range of applications and a broad diversity of designs. NIST’s Engineering Laboratory will be developing methods to evaluate performance of exoskeletons in two key areas 1) The fit and motion of the exoskeleton device with respect to the users’ body and 2) The impact that using an exoskeleton has on the performance of users executing tasks that are representative of activities in industrial settings and emergency response applications. The results of these experiments will inform future test method development at NIST, other organizations, and under the purview of the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits. For the first research topic, NIST will evaluate the usefulness of a NIST prototype apparatus for measuring the difference in performance of a person wearing an exoskeleton versus the person’s baseline without the exoskeleton while positioning loads and tools. The NIST Position and Load Test Apparatus for Exoskelons (PoLoTAE), which presents abstractions of industrial task challenges, will be evaluated in this research. Data is not stored in a Privacy Act System of Records.


Not associated with rulemaking

  86 FR 51122 09/14/2021
86 FR 66535 11/23/2021

IC Title Form No. Form Name
Analysis of Exoskeleton-Use for Enhancing Human Performance to Complete Industrial Tasks

  Total Request Previously Approved Change Due to New Statute Change Due to Agency Discretion Change Due to Adjustment in Estimate Change Due to Potential Violation of the PRA
Annual Number of Responses 240 180 0 60 0 0
Annual Time Burden (Hours) 40 30 0 10 0 0
Annual Cost Burden (Dollars) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Miscellaneous Actions
NIST anticipates the use of two additional tasks for testing the exosuit, therefore there is a slight increase in burden hours as this corresponds with administering the survey post task.

Yes Part B of Supporting Statement
Ann Virts 301 975-5068


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