ERF2016 Workshop on Robotics for Nuclear Applications
23rd March 2016
Robotics for Nuclear Applications
Motivation and Objectives
Nuclear decommissioning is potentially the biggest and most impactful application for real-world service robotics in the coming few years, with huge societal importance.
In UK alone, cleaning up the past two-thirds of a century of nuclear waste represents the largest environmental remediation project in the whole of Europe, estimated to need €120-300billion over next 100 years. Worldwide decommissioning costs are of the order €1trillion. At least 20% of this work must be done by robots since the materials are too hazardous for humans, however the robotics technologies that are needed have not yet been developed.
Almost every kind of robotics is needed (grasping and manipulation of a huge variety of materials, ground vehicles, flying robots, snake-bots, SLAM, vision, multi-sensor fusion, human-robot interfaces) often in highly unstructured, cluttered and uncertain environments, which may be chemically, thermally and radiologically harsh, and often with very limited communications bandwidth between safe areas and the remote robot.
Agenda of the workshop
16.15 – 16:20 Introduction by the organisers
16.20 – 16.30 UK challenges and activities (Jeff Kuo, National Nuclear Lab)
16.30 – 16.40 US challenges and activities (Rich Voyles, Purdue University & Rod Rimando US Department of Energy)
16.40 – 16.50 French challenges and activities (Philippe Garrec, CEA)
16.50 – 17.00 UK-Japan collaboration (Simon Watson, University of Manchester)
17.00 – 17.10 RoMaNS EU nuclear consortium (Rustam Stolkin, U of Birmingham)
17:10 – 17:35 Round table panel discussion
17.35 – 17.45 Conclusions for a working paper
Speakers to prepare 10 minutes talks, strictly to time.