[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call for Participation - ERF2017 Workshop on Robotics for Nuclear Environments

Gerhard Neumann geri at robot-learning.de
Wed Mar 1 12:50:52 PST 2017

Dear colleagues,

We cordially invite you to participate and contribute in the nuclear
robotics workshop during ERF 2017.

===  General Information ===
Workshop on Robotics for Nuclear Environments

Date: 22nd March 2017
Time: 8:30 - 10:00
Location: Edinburgh, ERF 2017
Homepage: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.h2020romans.eu_erf2017&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=uPCO2uwjHlASdECiV9Sq_bWhSAAlXAxdvZjDdj4Q1GI&s=Lklnhi4EZbMs6VM5raU-aAe55sUyC9QC3x05_zmRbI0&e= 

=== Organizers ===
- Yasemin Bekiroglu, ABB, yasemin.bekiroglu at se.abb.com
- Ladislav Vargovcik, ZTS VVU KOSICE, ladislav.vargovcik at ztsvvu.eu
- Gerhard Neumann, University of Lincoln, geri at robot-learning.de
- Ales Leonardis, University of Birmingham, a.leonardis at cs.bham.ac.uk

===  Motivation and Objectives ===
There are many problems that should be solved relevant to nuclear
applications. One main problem is nuclear cleanup which is potentially the
biggest and most impactful application for real-world service robots in the
coming few years, with huge societal importance. In UK alone, cleanup of
legacy waste (accumulated since 1950s) represents the largest environmental
remediation project in the whole of Europe, estimated to need £90-220
billion over next 100 years. 20-40% of this work must be done by robots as
the materials are too hazardous for humans. Almost every kind of robotics
is needed (grasping and manipulation, vehicles, flying robots, snake-bots,
SLAM, vision, often in highly unstructured environments). We have
successfully organized a workshop on a similar topic last year for the
first time which primarily focused on nuclear cleanup. We would like to
extend the discussions to address other relevant processes and tasks in
this domain in a second workshop such as monitoring, automation, human
involvement, required robotic setup in these extreme situations, as there
is a great need for development in this area. There will also be
discussions on actual achievements and gaps for future research.

===  Agenda ===
- 14:00 – 14:05:  Introduction by the organisers
- 14:05 – 14:50:  Invited talks
- 14:50 – 15:30:  Round table panel discussion and wrap up

=== Invited Speakers ===
- Tony Pipe, Deputy Director of Bristol Robotics Lab, UK
- Barry Lennox, Research Director of the Dalton Cumbrian Facility,
Manchester University
- Philippe Garrec, Researcher at CEA, French Centre for Atomic Energy,
- Jae-Hee Kim, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Korea
- Rustam Stolkin, Royal Society Industry Fellow for Nuclear Robotics,
University of Birmingham
- Joël Vanden Bosch, Business Development Manager, Cybernetix, France
- Ali Muhammad, Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland,
- Ladislav Vargovcik, Division Director, ZTS Research and Development
Institute Kosice, Slovakia, - Andrew Graham, Technical Director, OC Robotics
- Matteo Zoppi, Assistant Professor, PMAR Robotics group, University of

(see homepage for talk titles)

Gerhard Neumann
Full Professor, Chair of Computational Learning for Autonomous Systems
School of Computer Science
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln, LN6 7TS

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