Robotics for Nuclear Environments

Lead Research Organisation: University of Manchester
Department Name: Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Abstract

The vision for this Programme is to deliver the step changes in Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) capability that are necessary to overcome crucial challenges facing the nuclear industry in the coming decades.

The RAS challenges faced in the nuclear industry are extremely demanding and complex. Many nuclear installations, particularly the legacy facilities, present highly unstructured and uncertain environments. Additionally, these "high consequence" environments may contain radiological, chemical, thermal and other hazards. To minimise risks of contamination and radiological shine paths, many nuclear facilities have very small access ports (150 mm - 250 mm diameter), which prevent large robotic systems being deployed. Smaller robots have inherent limitations with power, sensing, communications and processing power, which remain unsolved. Thick concrete walls mean that communication bandwidths may be severely limited, necessitating increased levels of autonomy. Grasping and manipulation challenges, and the associated computer vision and perception challenges are profound; a huge variety of legacy waste materials must be sorted, segregated, and often also disrupted (cut or sheared). Some materials, such as plastic sheeting, contaminated suits/gloves/respirators, ropes, chains can be deformed and often present as chaotic self-occluding piles. Even known rigid objects (e.g. fuel rod casings) may present as partially visible or fragmented. Trivial tasks are complicated by the fact that the material properties of the waste, the dose rates and the layout of the facility within which the waste is stored may all be uncertain. It is therefore vital that any robotic solution be capable of robustly responding to uncertainties. The problems are compounded further by contamination risks, which typically mean that once deployed, human interaction with the robot will be limited at best, autonomy and fault tolerance are therefore important.

The need for RAS in the nuclear industry is spread across the entire fuel cycle: reactor operations; new build reactors; decommissioning and waste storage and this Programme will address generic problems across all these areas. It is anticipated that the research will have a significant impact on many other areas of robotics: space, sub-sea, mining, bomb-disposal and health care, for example and cross sector initiatives will be pursued to ensure that there is a two-way transfer of knowledge and technology between these sectors, which have many challenges in common with the nuclear industry.

The work will build on the robotics and nuclear engineering expertise available within the three academic organisations, who are each involved in cutting-edge, internationally leading research in relevant areas. This expertise will be complemented by the industrial and technology transfer experience and expertise of the National Nuclear Laboratory who have a proven track record of successfully delivering innovation in to the nuclear industry.

The partners in the Programme will work jointly to develop new RAS related technologies (hardware and software), with delivery of nuclear focused demonstrators that will illustrate the successful outcomes of the Programme. Thus we will provide the nuclear supply chain and end-users with the confidence to apply RAS in the nuclear sector.

To develop RAS technology that is suitable for the nuclear industry, it is essential that the partners work closely with the nuclear supply chain. To achieve this, the Programme will be based in west Cumbria, the centre of much of the UK's nuclear industry. Working with researchers at the home campuses of the academic institutions, the Programme will create a clear pipeline that propels early stage research from TRL 1 through to industrially relevant technology at TRL 3/4. Utilising the established mechanisms already available in west Cumbria, this technology can then be taken through to TRL 9 and commercial deployment.

Planned Impact

This Programme will deliver fundamental advances in several areas of robotics, achieving impact in the nuclear industry, academic research and other industrial sectors. To achieve this, the Programme brings together leading academic teams in the fields of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) and Nuclear Engineering, complemented by NNL's experience with delivering new technologies to the nuclear supply chain.

It is anticipated that RAS will have a profound impact on society and the UK economy in future years. However, to promote this growth, major near-term RAS applications are needed which offer significant economic value and societal benefit. In this regard, the nuclear industry offers one of the strongest and clearest justifications and markets for advanced RAS technology. UK decommissioning alone is valued at £90bn-220bn, a significant proportion of which MUST be completed by robots.

To maximise exposure to the end-user, the Programme will be based in west Cumbria. Being home to the Sellafield site, Calder Hall (world's first industrial nuclear power station) and the new-build nuclear power station at Moorside, west Cumbria has become a focal point for much of the UK's nuclear industry. Furthermore, Sellafield and NNL have invested significant resources in to the development of inactive and active demonstrators in west Cumbria. These demonstrators, which the Programme will exploit, are full-scale simulations of challenging nuclear scenarios, developed for testing and demonstrating new technologies for use in the nuclear industry. Testing our technologies on these facilities ensures that end-users and technology suppliers will have confidence to invest further in their development and commercialisation.

Each of the universities have strong track records of industrial collaboration which can help provide pathways to impact. By way of example, investigators from Manchester and Birmingham are currently leading three Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects, whih are delivering advanced robotic innovation to the nuclear industry; two of these projects are based with SMEs in Cumbria. Manchester and NNL have further experience of working with businesses in west Cumbria, having created the Innovus funding programme, which provides support for SMEs to develop and commercialise new technologies. The third is with KUKA, the preferred supplier of industrial robot arms to the nuclear industry.

While the Programme's focus is the development of technologies for the nuclear industry, much of the work will have generic outputs applicable to other sectors: gas, oil and other mining industries, search and rescue, robotic surgery, and laboratories handling toxic agents, all share some similar challenges with the conditions and tasks.

The research teams are well connected in the UK and internationally with respect to both robotics and nuclear. To ensure Programme outputs feed in to these sectors, the work will be disseminated through targeted trade events, workshops and special sessions at larger conferences (e.g. IROS, ICRA and ERF), as well as high level academic publications (e.g. IEEE TRO, IJRR, IJCV, PAMI, ICCV, CVPR). Research visits will be made to robotics institutes and nuclear agencies in Europe, USA, South Korea and Japan, exploiting the extensive collaborations that the partners have established in these countries.
 
Description Autonomous Aquatic Inspection and Interverntion (A2I2)
Amount £2,387,540 (GBP)
Funding ID 25500 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2020
 
Description Capital Equipment Funding
Amount £500,000 (GBP)
Organisation University of Manchester 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2018 
End 08/2018
 
Description Ground Based Robots
Amount £130,000 (GBP)
Organisation Sellafield Ltd 
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 02/2020
 
Description Industry Accelerator Account (Autonomous Cleaning Robots)
Amount £102,606 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 09/2020
 
Description Industry Accelerator Account (Debris Clearance Vehicle)
Amount £102,606 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 09/2020
 
Description Radiation Damage to Electronic Systems
Amount £76,000 (GBP)
Organisation Rolls Royce Group Plc 
Department Rolls Royce Submarines
Sector Private
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2018 
End 01/2019
 
Description Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear (RAIN)
Amount £12,203,190 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R026084/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2017 
End 03/2021
 
Description CARMA 
Organisation Sellafield Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution UoM developed the prototype CARMA robotic platform.
Collaborator Contribution Sellafield Ltd ave provided engineering support and access to active facilities on the Sellafield site.
Impact This collaboration has resulted in two deployments of the CARMA platform into active areas on the Sellafield site.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Engagement with IAEA 
Organisation International Atomic Energy Agency
Country Austria 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution PDRAs developed a robotic floating platform to monitor nuclear storage ponds and a ground based platform to detect radioactive materials in nuclear waste storage facilities. This was tested at an event/competition in Australia and was found to meet their criteria. Further work is now being planned with IAEA to continue to develop the platform.
Collaborator Contribution The IAEA provided €1000 in prize money and designed and constructed a test facility in Brisbane. The IAEA have taken the MALLARD robot developed in this project and successfully deployed it into a spent fuel storage pond in Finland. This was the first time an autonomous robotic platform had been deployed into a spent fuel storage pond.
Impact MALLARD: robotic floating platform available for research and test work.
Start Year 2017
 
Description MIRRAX 
Organisation Sellafield Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The MIRRAX ground vehicle was designed for accessing and surveying radioactive facilities through very narrow ports (150 mm). MIRRAX was successfully designed and tested using university facilities and in March 2018, the robot was deployed in an active facility on the Sellafield site, where is successfully generated a 3D scan of the environment. This scan will be used in future decommissioning plans.
Collaborator Contribution Sellafield Ltd provide technical and logistic support and in March 2018 provided access to one of their active facilities.
Impact Deployment and generation of 3D scan of active facility to ai with future decommissioning plans.
Start Year 2017
 
Title MONA Robot 
Description MONA is a low-cost small (approx 7 cm diameter) robot that has been developed for research studies into swarm robotics and for UG laboratories. 
Type Of Technology New/Improved Technique/Technology 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact 60 robots have been sold to the Universities of Manchester of Lincoln. These robots have been used on the UG programmes. 
 
Description Bright Sparks engagement with local school children 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Demonstrating swarm robotics and robotics for nuclear at the Bright Sparks finale. There were pupils from 3 schools local to Cumbria at the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CARMA for PHUMS deployment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Engagement with Sellafield and Cavendish to discuss alternative radiometric tools for use on CARMA robot
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description CZT for MIRRAX 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion of the integration of CZT sensor with MIRRAX robot, speaking with radiometry and different stakeholder groups at Sellafiled, additional demonstration of CARMA robot at REE Laboratory in Cumbria. Potential loan of equipment for deployment scenario, further engagement with radiometric team to discuss design requirements and doses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Demonstration of CARMA and MALLARD robots 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CARMA and MALLARD robots were demonstrated to industry to get feedback on their current development stage and look for opportunities for these to be deployed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Demonstration of CARMA and related technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact CARMA robot was demonstrated to Sellafield to get feedback on their current development stage and look for opportunities for these to be deployed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Demonstration of CARMA robot 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Demonstration of the CARMA 2 robot. Engineers from across the Sellafield site and the NDA came to the REEL labs in Cumbria. We showed how the CARMA performs floor scans to detect radiation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Engagement with Inspira 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Engagement with Inspira, Cumbrian company who link schools for STEM and outreach engagement activities. Discussion of our research programme and capability, with a look to engage with the wider school community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Innovators Breakfast Meeting Cumbria 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Breakfast meeting at the Business cluster meeting held in Cumbria, engagement and networking with members of the UK nuclear industry, representatives from the Centre for Leadership Performance (outreach), Sellafield Ltd and Cumbria FM about our research activities and proposed robotics solutions. Resulted in new contacts made, requests for site visits, applications for summer internships at our robotics laboratory in Cumbria and uptake of our research theme by the local Cumbria-wide media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description KTN RAI industrial showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact KTN RAI Industry event. RAIN director Professor Lennox gave a presentation, joint with Sellafield and Forth engineering, on the development of the AVEXIS and the success of the collaboration. The event was well attended and a lot of people came to talk to us at the stand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Lego Robots tournament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Hosted the lego robots schools tournament. There were 9 teams from different schools across Greater Manchester in attendance. These children had been engaged with researchers whilst developing their robots, stimulating interest in robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description METI DCF Japan Visit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation on REE Laboratory and the Robotics for Extreme Environment Group (REEG) and wider research program including RNE and RAIN to members of the Japanese BEIS/NDA (METI), organised by BECBC (British Energy Coast Business Cluster). Members of the UK nuclear industry present including NNL, Sellafield Ltd, CoNE, North West Nuclear Arc Consortium, Dalton Nuclear Institute (University of Manchester) and local business influencers. Specifically spoke about the research undertaken by the programmes and the impact locally and advantages of having close ties and engagement with the nuclear industry. Jan 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description MIRRAX- Development and Deployment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Technology engagement to discuss MIRRAX development for particular site deployment, and design of robot and corresponding collimator requirements for deployment scenario, Sept 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Lord Giddens and Lord Puttnam at the House of Lords 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Lord Puttnam and Lord Giddens to advise on latest developments in robotics and AI. Lord Puttnam and Giddens are both members fo the Parliamentary AI Committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Toshiba Research Ltd 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact On 28 November 2018, Manuel Giuliani and Alex Smith from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), University of the West of England, met at BRL with researchers from Toshiba Research Europe Ltd (TRL). The BRL team presented NCNR and a tele-operation demonstration to the visitors. TRL presented on their work in wireless communication. The goal of this meeting was to work together on wireless tele-operation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NDA stakeholder summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Demonstrate CARMA and AVEXIS to NDA stakeholders. Showing our innovations in robotics for decommissioning and highlighting the progress in collaboration to date to ensure a pipeline of innovative technologies and skilled capability.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description NDA visit and comms 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit from the NDA to our REE Laboratory in West Cumbria, meeting with the communications department to demonstrate robotics technology. Videos were taken on the CARMA and MALLARD robots in addition to documentation of the MIRRAX robot in construction, engagement with researchers. Photos and videos were used in wider publicity about our robotics technologies and advancements, Oct 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nuclear academics meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The meeting provides a forum for academics working on nuclear energy related research, from new build through to decommissioning of existing reactors, to discuss topics of common interest. This year there were national and international speakers from industry, government, funding bodies and academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Nuvia: Robotics Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion of robotic technologies, opportunities for collaboration and future projects. Sept 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pint of Science Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Watson gave a talk as part of the Manchester Pint of Science Festival during the Robot Revolution session, entitled "Are Robots just Spanners or Evil Overlords in Waiting?". The event was open to the general public and was sold out. The talk was well received and sparked a lot of discussion and debate so that the Q&A session afterwards lasted well over an hour (15 minutes were originally scheduled).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/robot-revolution
 
Description Presentation and panel discussion at Fukushima Research Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation at conference to describe how RAIN and RNE may be able to support the on-going work at Fukushima Daiichi.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://fukushima.jaea.go.jp/initiatives/cat05/pdf/FRCradremote_Program.pdf
 
Description REEL summer engagement day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Research presentations and technology demonstrations during event at REE Laboratory in west Cumbria. Invitation to postgraduate and postdoctoral students, academics and PS staff at neighbouring institution to come and engage with our technologies and understand more about our research programme. Members of the local nuclear industry were also in attendance including Sellafield Ltd and NNL.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Robotics Community Engagement Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A Manchester technology interest group contacted the robotics group following media covered to give a special talk at an event for the community an general public. Robotics platforms were taken along to the event to demonstrate the technology first hand as well as a talk covering the research programme and engagement with the nuclear industry. The talk promoted enthusiastic discussion about new technology advances and the challenges the programme faces.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.chu3a.org.uk/resources/TechGp-20180403-Robots.pages.pdf
 
Description Robotics R&D Engagement Sellafield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios, May 2018. Following up engagement following industry demonstration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Robotics R&D Sellafield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios, May 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Robotics Researchers Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Robotics researchers workshop, with guest speakers from industry including Game Changers, NDA and Createc. Networking event arranged for researchers to engage cross institutionally and with different aspects of the nuclear industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Robotics Technology Showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Demonstration of mature robotics technologies including CARMA 2 (most recent version), CARMA EDD and MALLARD in addition to discussions about other platforms in build or development. Stakeholders from Sellafield Ltd, different plants on site interested in active demonstrations for robotics technologies. Further discussions and deployment plans organised as an outcome.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Robotics technology demonstration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Demonstration of robotics technologies including CARMA and MALLARD robots at REE laboratory in west Cumbria to RACE stakeholders. Understanding of technical capabilities at site including test facilities and researcher capabilities, Oct 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description School visit to the lab 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact School children visited the robotics lab as part of a tour of engineering departments coordinated by the UoM social responsibility team. There were questions and discussions by the students, about robotics and engineering at university. The school reported the visit was worthwhile.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sellafield Future Projects Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion of short research proposals for future projects drawing on REE Laboratory capability and opportunities for collaboration, Nov 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios. Discussion on progress of security paperwork for researchers deploying technologies on site and aims for 2019 for active deployments. Jan 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Formalised discussion of deployment dates for next 6 months for MIRRAX and CARMA platforms, and discussion of other technology possibilities and deployment scenarios to aim for in future. Jan 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development and future deployment scenarios, April 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios. Outlined issues with IAA project and made progress to counteract these and progress contract management. Nov 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios, May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios. Discussion on future research project (IAA) and clearance for site access for robotic deployments, Sept 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development and future deployment scenarios, End April 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios, June 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development and future deployment scenarios, March 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios. Progress of IAA application and security update for researchers visiting site, Sept 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement & Demo 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios, May 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement - MALLARD 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios including MALLARD robot and demonstration of capability at REE Laboratory in Cumbria, June 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion of timeline for next 6 months relating to CARMA and MIRRAX deployments and required developments to platforms. Jan 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement Update 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios, Sept 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement and Demo Prep 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and demonstration of CARMA robot to industry audience in non-active environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement and Deployment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Robotics and deployment scenario engagement with Sellafield Ltd, discussion to prepare realistic mock-up scenario for demonstration of robotic capability to stakeholders. Following discussion, design and preparation of scenario completed, further feedback delivered.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement and Deployment Scenarios 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Outdoor deployment scenario for CARMA robot deployment discussed including location and logistics. Discussion on time line for on site deployment, update on IAA and site access requirements, Oct 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement and Deployment Scenarios 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios, Oct 2018. Discussion on IAA and clearance paperwork.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement and Deployment Scenarios 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios. Showcase day of robotics technology in collaboration with Sellafield Ltd to engage with Postgraduate students and future researchers, Dec 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement and Future Projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios. Discussion on future projects and IAA research proposal, Aug 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement, Future projects CARMA 3 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing future projects and deployment scenarios, April 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement, Security and Site Access 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios. Discussion on site clearance and security procedures required for deployment of robotic technologies on site, August 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement- CZT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Discussion on successful integrtion of Ritec CZT sensor into MIRRAX platform. Sellafield Ltd representative was made aware of the technologies we have at REE Laboratory and given tour and demonstration of available technologies. Jan 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement- sensors for deployment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios. Handover and discussion of sensor integration onto CARMA robotic platform, specific radiometric sensors require for site survey as directed by Sellafield Ltd. Discussion of MIRRAX development with sensor loan, and site clearance paperwork, Nov 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots Engagement-MIRRAX CZT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing research development, progress to date and future deployment scenarios. Loan of CZT radiometric sensor for MIRRAX development and deployment, discussion of integration of sensor into robot and technical site details. Dec 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Mobile Robots, Deployment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Mobile ground robotics research project engagement, discussing specific deployment scenario and intended technology deployment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Sellafield Security and Access 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Engagement with security and clearance team within Sellafield Ltd to discuss access requirements for researchers involved with robotics deployments. Discussion and presentation regarding the robotics platforms and demonstrations of technologies to new group of stakeholders. Generated new discussions around the technologies and wider understanding within new areas of the nuclear industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Site tour and engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Sellafield site induction and tour, in addition to introductions and discussions with non-technical site staff about our research programme and innovative robotic technologies, designed for the nuclear industry. Furthermore, following the meetings, an invitation to showcase the research programme on site to business leaders was received.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sonomatic: Robotics Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Sonomatic technical and business areas to discuss robotics advancements and developments and to discuss use of facilities, collaboration opportunities and deployment scenarios Sept 2018. Specific introductions made to both RNE and RAIN research programmes .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Tuv Sud 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to members of Tuv Sud on REE Laboratory and the overview of the robotics projects in REEG including RNE and RAIN, demonstration of robotics technology including videos and live demo of CARMA robot. Discussion on future placements of researchers and PhD students, as well as access requirements to testing and mock-up scenarios. Jan 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description VPS and SL Site tour 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Visit to VPS and Sellafield site to engage specifically with stakeholder groups on site, with deployment opportunities in mind for the CARMA robot. Following visit, 3 different site areas are engage with deployment opportunities. Aug 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Youtube Video Time Lapse: Building a Simulated Nuclear Facility 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BRL published a Youtube video that shows a time lapse of how the lab built their simulated nuclear facility, a test bed for research on using robots for nuclear decommissioning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://youtu.be/1QOWcinPT54