Report of WS on RANUF@IROS2013

The Technical Committee on Robotics and Automation in Nuclear Facilities (TC RANUF) organized a full-day “Workshop on Robotics and Automation in Nuclera Facilities” on November 3rd, 2013 in conjunction with IEEE-RSJ IROS 2013, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan. This is the report of the workshop.

Twenty two presentations including nine poster presentations were given in 9:00 to 17:00. The workshop was attended about sixty participants. The presentations were broadcasted online via USTREAM. Unfortunately, the authors of a paper could not get the visa in time and had to give up presentation. The presentations and discussions were in a wide scope of the theme:

(1) Current States of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
(2) Plan and Policy of Decommissioning.
(3) Efforts of Nuclear Robotics in US, Germany, and France.
(4) Current Advanced Robot Technologies for Nuclear Facilities.
(5) History of Nuclear Robotics of Japan and the World
(6) Developments in Japan after the Fukuchima Nuclear Accident.

Conclusion and outlook of the workshop (by Co-Chair, Raja Chatila):

• Few lessons learned from previous incidents
• The Fukushima crisis revealed a real need for robots.
• Very fast technological developments in less than two years enabled to turn some demonstrators into working devices.
• New research directions.
• Joint research and industry collaboration
• Need a dynamic design cycle to reduce the gap between R&D and use.
• Component-wise approach permits wider participation from technology providers, including at the international level.
• Multiple needs lead to different solutions to provide for accessibility, protection, rubble removal, construction, etc.: exoskelettons, snake robots, humanoids, tracked vehicles, …
• Both teleoperation and autonomy are necessary, for perception and action

The program and links to PDF and video (of which the authors agreed to share) are archived HERE.

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