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Webinar: Exploring the ASTM Exo Games 2024

March 19 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am PDT

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The ASTM F48 Exo Technology Center of Excellence (ET CoE) is ramping up preparations for the second edition of the Exo Games! The center’s director, William “Bill” Billotte, and Ann Virts, robotics researcher at NIST plan to host an informative introductory webinar.

Exploring the ASTM Exo Games: An Informational Webinar will be held on Wednesday, March 19th, 2024, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time (7:30 p.m. PST).

This year’s Exo Games will focus on First Responders and how exoskeletons and wearable robotics should be evaluated. Leveraging the standards developed by Committee F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits will help college teams design, build, and assess exoskeleton solutions in a series of defined trials.

This webinar will provide a quick overview of the Exo Games, and how easy it is to participate. You can sign up for the webinar by following this link. This is your chance to:

  • Get an overview of the ASTM Exo Technology Center of Excellence (ET CoE)
  • A preview of what to expect at the Exo Games 2024
  • An interactive Q&A session to address your queries

About the Exo Games:

This a college-level event that is an opportunity for students to meet others interested in wearable physical augmentation technology and simultaneously learn how standards and benchmarking play a crucial role in emerging technology fields. The first Exo Games were held in Lancaster, UK in 2023 and you can read about them in our digital magazine: Vol 1 Issue Exoskeleton Report Digital Magazine on pages 4 through 6.

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About the Presenters:

Dr. William “Bill” Billotte is the Executive Director of the Exo Technology Center of Excellence and the Director of Global Exo Technology Programs at ASTM International. Bill leads a dynamic team that pursues a vision of people of all ages free to pursue high-quality life and participate fully in work and society thanks to safe and reliable exo technologies. He serves as an advisor to the Automotive Exoskeleton Group (AExG) and is a member of several standards committees including F48 on Exoskeletons and Exosuits. Prior to joining ASTM, Bill spent the past 17 years providing scientific and technical advice to federal agencies, first responders, and international organizations on topics including exoskeletons, critical infrastructure protection, CBRNE detection, and first responder equipment. Bill advocated and aided the establishment of the ASTM F48 committee and is working on their long term strategy and research agendas. He spent a year abroad as a visiting scientist on the European Union’s critical infrastructure protection team at the Joint Research Centre in Italy, where he provided technical assistance to their working groups to help inform EU policies and international standards. He sponsored a forum through the National Academy of Sciences to convene experts from the federal, private, international, and non-government sectors to exchange information and ideas to improve preparedness and capabilities for disasters that involve accidental or intentional contamination with CBRN agents. He coordinated programs that produced over 50 homeland security focused national standards and over 100 reports on first responder equipment. Bill has received several awards including the US Department of Commerce’s Gold Medal Award for Heroism. Bill holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Dayton, a Master in Science in Engineering from Wright State University, and a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Ann Virsts is the project leader of the Mobility Performance of Robotic Systems at NIST. She leads the project by developing test methods, artifacts, and datasets that measure the performance and safety characteristics of mobile and wearable robots within manufacturing/industrial environments. Ann is also the Associate project leader for the Emergency Response Robots project in the Fire Risk Reduction in Communities program. She develops and implements robot test methods, interfaces with emergency responders and robot technology developers, and meets complex technical and logistical demands of demanding response robot field exercises. In addition to her emergency response robotics work. Ann’s past contributions include leading data collection efforts and participating in field exercises for several DARPA and Army Research Laboratory projects.


March 19
7:30 am - 8:30 am PDT
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