Designed to fuel robotics research and development in all of the New England states, the NERVE Center will serve what is already a $1.9 billion industry just in Massachusetts, according to a new report released at the opening by the Mass Technology Leadership Council.
The NERVE Center, located at 1001 Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell, features a dozen courses that test the strength, durability, design and functionality of robots. The courses use materials like wood, sand, gravel and water to challenge robots’ capabilities to negotiate obstacles and rough terrain like rubble, climb inclines and stairs, maneuver through deep water, withstand rainstorms, handle objects and view images in a variety of circumstances. One of the courses simulates the conditions a robot would face if deployed inside a collapsed building on a search-and-rescue mission.
“Investing in innovation helped move Massachusetts out of the recession and continued support for new technology will help us create new jobs and economic growth in the future,” said state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki.