[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] ERF 2018 Workshop Inspection and Maintenance of Nuclear Facilities

Gerhard Neumann gneumann at lincoln.ac.uk
Mon Mar 12 04:06:56 PDT 2018

*** ERF 2018 Workshop: Inspection and Maintenance of Nuclear Facilities ***

Date: Thursday March 15th
Time: 16.15-17.45
Location: Tampere, Finland
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This workshop is directly aimed at creating an important new aisbl Topic
Group, bringing together industry end-users, robotics researchers, and
investors. Nuclear applications are potentially the largest and most
impactful near-term market for advanced robotics, including autonomy as
well as sophisticated human-robot interaction. Need, work and investment in
this area are very rapidly growing worldwide. Our previous ERF workshops
(enthusiastically attended by 70+ people resulting in working papers)
focused on nuclear decommissioning and clean-up. In contrast, this workshop
focuses on inspection and maintenance, needed for: in-service nuclear
reactors; new-build nuclear reactors; nuclear waste storage facilities.
In-service monitoring and maintenance, and Plant Life Extension (PLEX)
represent a potential robotics market of order €tens-of-billions. All kinds
of robotics and AI are needed: wheeled, tracked and walking robots (nuclear
plants have stairs); pipe-crawling/climbing robots (thousands of kilometres
of pipework need to be explored and monitored); underwater robots
(inspection of very large fuel storage ponds or e.g. flooded sections of
the damaged Fukushima plants); flying robots (inspection of high-up places
in large 3D environments or ventilation shafts of underground storage
facilities); robotic grasping and manipulation; advanced vision, scene
understanding and learning methods; significant autonomy (communication is
difficult through thick concrete walls, and required tasks, e.g. repairing
damaged or degraded infrastructure, may be too complex to tele-operate).
The workshop will achieve a multi-national, industry-academia facilitated
discussion, leading to a working paper and proposal for a new nuclear
robotics Topic Group.

Workshop Agenda:

The workshop will consist of: 1) very brief invited talks, from leading
nuclear robotics experts and end-users, from a variety of countries,
spanning industry, academia, national labs as well as robotics and AI
venture capital investment experts; 2) an interactive facilitated panel
discussion and a conclusion session. Participants will be encouraged to
submit questions for the discussion prior to the workshop, to facilitate
best structuring of the limited time, but time will also be provided for
open Q&A. The discussion will be followed up by a roadmapping working paper
to be published after the workshop, along with submission of a proposal to
create a new Topic Group on nuclear robotics.


Rustam Stolkin, U Birmingham/A.R.M Robotics Ltd, UK
Ariane Remmert, Rolls Royce - Future Technologies Group, UK
Steve Shackleford, Director - National Nuclear Lab Ltd, UK
Ladislav Vargovcik, Technical University in Kosice, Slovakia
Hajime Asama, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Jae Hee Kim, Korean Atomic Energy Agency, Korea
Simon Watson, University of Manchester - RNE Programme and RAIN Hub
Christophe Leroux, CEA, France


16.15 - 16.20 Welcome and introduction (Rustam Stolkin - U Birmingham)
16.20 - 16.27 Rustam Stolkin- UK National Centre for Nuclear Robotics and
H2020 RoMaNS
16.27 - 16.34 Steve Shackleford - UK National Nuclear Lab
16.34 - 16.41 Ariane Remmert - Rolls Royce Future Technologies
16.41 - 16.48 Ladislav Vargovcik - Technical University in Kosice
16.48 - 16.55 Hajime Asama - U Tokyo
16.55 - 17.02 Jae Hee Kim - Korean Atomic Energy Agency
17.02 - 17.09 Simon Watson (U Manchester) - RNE Programme and RAIN Hub
17.09 - 17.16 Christophe Leroux - CEA
17.16 - 17.45 Group discussion - towards creating an euRobotics AISBL
Working Group on nuclear.


Rustam Stolkin (University of Birmingham)
Ladislav Vargovcik (Technical University in Kosice)
Yasemin Bekiroglu (Vicarious)
Gerhard Neumann (University of Lincoln)

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

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