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Trends in application of smart robotics in nuclear industry

Track: Specific operating environments

Date and Time: 13 Mar 2024 14:40-16:00

Organisers: Ladislav Vargovcik, Rustam Stolkin, Joel vanden Bosch

Main questions to be answered: Which new applications of smart robotics in nuclear industry are perspective for future ??

Additional questions: Which features of smarter robotics are feasible also in nuclear industry ?

Additional questions 2: Where are the gaps for future research in this area ?

Workshop Description: The workshop will start with 3-4 presentations . The aim of these presentations is: – to show successful examples of up to date robotic solutions (presenters from industrial and research institutions) – to show possibilities of new robotic technologies comprising AI, multisensoric perception, IOT, etc. This should act as „food for thought“ and start of the discussion about future trends. Then audience will be split into the following subgroups according to application areas, i.e. operation of newly buildt nuclear power plants (NPPs), decommissioning of NPPs and accidents in NPPs. Each subgroup will put together the trends and main gaps for future research and also for MAR preparation. The following panel discussion will go deeper into the problem and provide certain synergy and cross fertilisation of subgroups. We will also utilize the possibility to bring together speakers and audience from both industry and academia/research via internal communication in our TG. The last part of discussion will be dedicated to ideas for the next activities of TG „Harsh Environment Robotics“

Intended Outcome: Workshop discussion topics of common interest, success stories, use cases, etc, Workshop on recent developments in technology or applications, Workshop expected to create a roadmap or white paper

Approach: This workshop supports the Harsh Environment Robotics TG, following successful workshops at ERF 2016 – 2023 (66 participants in 2023). There is a strong interest from again growing nuclear industry to extend use of robots in extreme environments where it is unsafe to use human workers. This couples together a very wide range of robotics research with a strong industrial economic demand, and major societal and ethical importance. Workshop will focus on both, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants. Our motivation is to continue the strong ERF communication between roboticists and the senior representatives and policy makers of nuclear industry. That is why sharing of experience about successful solutions, information about perspective new technologies showing trends and identification of new gaps for research will be the main outcome of the WS and contribution to the Roadmap creation.

Contributors: Mikko Siuko, William Brace – VTT, confirmed Chiara Mellucci – OC Robotics, invited Adrian Kovalyk – VUJE, confirmed Rustam Stolkin – University of Birmingham, confirmed plus for the panel discussion Norbert Molitor – OECD NEA, confirmed