Robotics and Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear (RAIN)

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

Abstract

The nuclear industry has some of the most extreme environments in the world, with radiation levels and other hazards frequently restricting human access to facilities. Even when human entry is possible, the risks can be significant and very low levels of productivity. To date, robotic systems have had limited impact on the nuclear industry, but it is clear that they offer considerable opportunities for improved productivity and significantly reduced human risk. The nuclear industry has a vast array of highly complex and diverse challenges that span the entire industry: decommissioning and waste management, Plant Life Extension (PLEX), Nuclear New Build (NNB), small modular reactors (SMRs) and fusion.

Whilst the challenges across the nuclear industry are varied, they share many similarities that relate to the extreme conditions that are present. Vitally these similarities also translate across into other environments, such as space, oil and gas and mining, all of which, for example, have challenges associated with radiation (high energy cosmic rays in space and the presence of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) in mining and oil and gas). Major hazards associated with the nuclear industry include radiation; storage media (for example water, air, vacuum); lack of utilities (such as lighting, power or communications); restricted access; unstructured environments.

These hazards mean that some challenges are currently intractable in the absence of solutions that will rely on future capabilities in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI). Reliable robotic systems are not just essential for future operations in the nuclear industry, but they also offer the potential to transform the industry globally. In decommissioning, robots will be required to characterise facilities (e.g. map dose rates, generate topographical maps and identify materials), inspect vessels and infrastructure, move, manipulate, cut, sort and segregate waste and assist operations staff. To support the life extension of existing nuclear power plants, robotic systems will be required to inspect and assess the integrity and condition of equipment and facilities and might even be used to implement urgent repairs in hard to reach areas of the plant. Similar systems will be required in NNB, fusion reactors and SMRs.

Furthermore, it is essential that past mistakes in the design of nuclear facilities, which makes the deployment of robotic systems highly challenging, do not perpetuate into future builds. Even newly constructed facilities such as CERN, which now has many areas that are inaccessible to humans because of high radioactive dose rates, has been designed for human, rather than robotic intervention. Another major challenge that RAIN will grapple with is the use of digital technologies within the nuclear sector. Virtual and Augmented Reality, AI and machine learning have arrived but the nuclear sector is poorly positioned to understand and use these rapidly emerging technologies.

RAIN will deliver the necessary step changes in fundamental robotics science and establish the pathways to impact that will enable the creation of a research and innovation ecosystem with the capability to lead the world in nuclear robotics. While our centre of gravity is around nuclear we have a keen focus on applications and exploitation in a much wider range of challenging environments.

Planned Impact

The nuclear industry is of enormous importance to UK society and its economy both in the short and long-term. Decommissioning the UK's legacy facilities is currently costing the UK Government approximately £3Bn/year, with estimates of its total cost over the next 120 years ranging from £90Bn-220Bn. Investment in Nuclear New Build (NNB) before 2030 is expected to be approximately £60Bn and the cost of building and operating a geological disposal facility is approximately £14Bn.

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) has a significant part to play in the UK's decommissioning programme with the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) estimating 20% of the costs of complex decommissioning projects will be spent on RAI, assuming the continued reliance on bespoke single use solutions. RAIN will deliver innovation in modular, reusable robotics with the target of achieving >20% improvements in cost and productivity in decommissioning and zero-human entries in to radioactive facilities. Conservative estimates by NNL indicate that robotic systems have already resulted in productivity improvements of >10% and that RAI has the potential to reduce decommissioning costs across the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) estate by approximately £11.7Bn.

New RAI technologies will lower costs and timescales, reduce risk and improve safety in high consequence interventions. The exposure of human workers to radiation and other hazards will be reduced significantly with the adoption of RAI and with reliable remote inspection of existing facilities possible, there is the potential to increase the life-span of the UK's existing reactor fleet, helping to secure the country's future energy provision.

Decommissioning legacy nuclear facilities and the inspection of new and old nuclear power plants is not a problem confined to the UK. The race to develop nuclear weapons and prototype reactors has left considerable decommissioning challenges in the USA, Russia, Korea and many other nat In 2014 the IAEA recorded that there were a total of 438 nuclear reactors in operation with a further 59 under construction. The cost of decommissioning these reactors, legacy facilities and the additional 150 reactors that are already in permanent shutdown will cost approximately £1T. The development of reliable, functional robotic systems has the potential to transform decommissioning operations in all these countries and hence the export market for nuclear robotics is vast. The UK has an established reputation for delivering world leading nuclear science research and innovative decommissioning solutions and thus has the potential to become the recognised world leader in nuclear robotics.

The widespread adoption of RAI in the nuclear industry will also have a knock-on effect, that will support the use of robotics in other extreme environments, such as space for off-planet missions and in-orbit satellite design and maintenance and offshore operations, where it is estimated that up to 150 platforms around the UK will require decommissioning in the next 10 years and that the decommissioning costs in the North Sea alone will total £50Bn - £60Bn over the next 25 years.

Organisations

 
Description A number of industrial demonstrator activities have been undertaken that have been supported by RAIN researchers: Sellafield: The CARMA robot became the first autonomous robot to ever be deployed on the Sellafield site. This has established a pathway for transferring robot platforms on to site and a significant case study that will support making robotic deployments at Sellafield commonplace. The MIRRAX robot became the first robot to be deployed into the Magnox reprocessing facility. This facility had not been entered for many years and this entry enabled the generation of a 3D image of the facility that will provide valuable support to the decommissioning of this facility , which is being explored through the Innovate UK funded IIND programme. AWE: A 'white' trial has taken place to illustrate the ability of a tracked vehicle to explore and measure the radiation within an unknown legacy environment on the Sellafield site. An on-site trial is planned in early 2019. Some of the robots and systems being developed in RAIN are now being commercialised. For example, the CARMA robot is now being commercialised by Nuvia for radiation monitoring across the global nuclear industry. Localisation and path planning techniques developed within RAIN are now being integrated on to products marketed by TPLC and Forth Engineering and will be commercialised in the nuclear and cleaning industries.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Energy
Impact Types Societal

 
Description Britis Standards Institution: AMT/10 Committee on Robot Safety and Robot Ethics
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description British Standards Institution: AMT/10 Committee on Robot Safety
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Not known yet
URL https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/committees/50129752
 
Description British Standards Institution: Artificial Intelligence standards committee [ART/1]
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/committees/50281655
 
Description Membership of International Standards Committee (IEEE P7009 Standard for Fail-Safe Design of Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/7009.html
 
Description Membership of International Standards Committee (P7001 Standard for Transparency of Autonomous Systems)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/7001.html
 
Description CHIMERA - Robotic Inspection of Pressure Vessels
Amount £163,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2021
 
Description CHIMERA - Robotic Inspection of Pressure Vessels
Amount £2,413,639 (GBP)
Funding ID 25537 
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2021
 
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 Connect-R - Providing Structure in Unstructured Hazardous Environments
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2021
 
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 Industry Accelerator Account (The Feasibility of Cobotics to improve the Operation of a Manufacturing Plant)
Amount £33,175 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description New Investigator Award
Amount £374,992 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/S002383/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2021
 
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 Research and Innovation Actions (RIA)
Amount € 3,000,000 (EUR)
Funding ID 821988 
Organisation European Commission 
Sector Public
Country European Union (EU)
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2021
 
Title Bimanual telerobotics research platform 
Description A bimanual teleoperation rig incorporating 2 Kuka industral robots with grippers, a glove-based tactile human interface, virtual reality interfaces, and 3D vision systems. 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This facility will enable the RAIN team to develop and test algorithms, control strategies, etc. continuously across a range of research areas. The facility will allow for collaboration between institutes, and hubs. 
 
Title Drum Radiological models and Drum Scanning Models 
Description Valentin Piau (supervised by Guido Herrmann) from École Nationale Supérieure de Physique, Électronique et Matériaux, Grenoble, France, submitted final report for his 3 months (June-August 2018) project on "Automated ILW drum scanning using a robot manipulator - Development of a simulation tool". This tool is to be the basis of alpha, beta and gamma inspection algorithms for decommissioning. Gamma Source, Drum, drum material and gamma detector models have been developed. KUKA based scanning algorithms have been tested in simulation (relevant to NCNR and RAIN). Detail to be updated as work advances. 
Type Of Material Computer model/algorithm 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The models will be an important basis to practical scanning algorithms for other Researchers. Detail to be updated as work advances. 
 
Description AWE - Disruptive technologies collaboration 
Organisation Atomic Weapons Establishment
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have been working with the AWE as collaborators providing them with intelligence about new sensor technologies arising from the grant. Specifically AWE have been engaging on the development of low power sensor pobs for monitoring temperature, humidity and radiation intensity.
Collaborator Contribution The have attended Industrial Advisory Board meetings, provided contacts within BEIS and established a side project on sensor developments for monitoring storage environments at the Aldermaston site. We have been advised that they will let us deploy our sensor units on the Aldermaston site as a significant demonstration of the technology. They have also provided access to their advanced SIMS capability to make quantification of Boron in the diamond films we've been making.
Impact This partnership has led to us developing a PCB version of our prototype sensor pod technology that will be purchased and deployed by the AWE as a prototype demonstration. The project has been inherently cross-disciplinary involving electronic engineers, device physicists and materials scientists.
Start Year 2017
 
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 Collaboration with KUKA Systems UK Limited on bimanual teleoperation 
Organisation KMG Systems Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Development of research and demonstration platform. Contribution of expertise. Provision of facilities and equipment.
Collaborator Contribution Provided access to equipment and facilities including 2 robot arms. Provided expertise and information to support.
Impact Establishment of a 2-armed robotic research and demonstration platform at RACE, UKAEA.
Start Year 2018
 
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
 
Description NNL collboration in soft robotics for inspection in Nuclear decommissioning environments 
Organisation National Nuclear Laboratory
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Dr Andrew Weightman and colleagues at The University of Manchester will apply their expertise and experience to supervise an industrial PhD student to develop soft robotic systems for inspection of nuclear sites.
Collaborator Contribution NNL will host the industrial PhD student at their site in Workington. NNL will provide access to suitable equipment and facilities and facilitate engagement with key stakeholders to identify specific problems to focus on.
Impact No outputs to date.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Nottingham-Bristol demonstration of laser sensor attached to snake-like robot for surface analysis 
Organisation University of Bristol
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have used our snake robot to position a laser sensor in difficult-to-reach space for material scanning. The robot consists of 24 degree of freedom with a working channel of 7.3mm diameter.
Collaborator Contribution Bristol university designed the laser sensor based on Theory of Raman Spectroscopy.
Impact The demonstration had been completed successfully. We have tested several materials including different plastic and liquid.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Nuclear regulation/certification 
Organisation Department for Work and Pensions
Department Office for Nuclear Regulation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Initial series of meetings.
Collaborator Contribution Initial series of meetings.
Impact Collaboration between Univ. Liverpool, ONR and RACE (Culham Fusion) looking at future regulation for nuclear robotics.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Theme 1 meeting @ Manchester, 14/11/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Theme 1 meeting @ Manchester, 14/11/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit Bristol Theme 1 partner and meeting about radiation sensor integration with ANYmal robot 16/11/2018 
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 Bristol Theme 1 partner and meeting about radiation sensor integration with ANYmal robot 16/11/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description AIMS CDT research presentations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Promoted our RAIN work to BP, QinetiQ and Schlumberger. Perhaps laid some groundwork for future RI trials. Bossa Nova and Frontier Development Labs also present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ANYmal Demo for Open Day at University of Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact RAIN ANYmal demo for Engineering Science Open Day - 14 September
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attend ICRA 2018 
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 Annual International Conference on Robots and Automation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://icra2018.org/
 
Description Attended (and competed in) the World Robot Summit Expo in Tokyo, 15-21/10/2018 
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 The ORI's robotics competition team (Team ORIon) took part in their first competition, the World Robot Summit (WRS) in Tokyo, Japan.

The recently assembled team got straight to work, using their long flight to manually label bounding boxes on a large image set in order to get their object detection working!
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ori.ox.ac.uk/team-orion-competes-at-the-world-robot-summit-in-japan/
 
Description Attended F4E workshop on Rad-tol technologies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Around 50 people from international locations attended in order to update and plan on work related to radiation hard technologies for nuclear fusion and other.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attended IROS 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 1-3/10/18 - Attended IROS. Presented RAIN paper (Faruq et al, above). Talked to representatives of Toyota, Saga Robotics, Magazino.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attended RAIN talk at RACE with Antonio Bicchi of Pisa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended RAIN talk at RACE with Antonio Bicchi of Pisa
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attended UK Space Agency Robotics Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Attended, contributed, and presented at UKSA workshop on Robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Attended Workshop at ICRA 2018, Workshop: Multilegged Robots: Towards Robust Real-World Deployments 
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 Attended ICRA 2018 Workshop - multilegged robots - towards robus real-wolrd deployments
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 British Solar Renewables meet 
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 Discussing the potential for a remote inspection demonstrator, targeted at solar farms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Demo at Workshop on Verification and Validation of Autonomous Systems (VaVas) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Nick presented Betty (ROBOT) demo at Workshop on Verification and Validation of Autonomous Systems
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sites.google.com/site/wsvavas2018/
 
Description Demo of mobile robot at Pembroke College as part of University of Oxford Open Days 27 & 28/6/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Demo of mobile robot at Pembroke College as part of University of Oxford Open Days 27 & 28/6/18
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 Demonstration of flexible gripper grasping delivered by Nottingham continuum robotic arm 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In this event, Nottingham team demonstrated to use a continuum robot for manipulating a flexible gripper (a flexible rubber balloon filled with fine particles actuated by vacuum) to pick some objects with random shapes. It is potential interest of aerospace and nuclear industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discuss Remote Inspection demonstrators with British Solar Renewables 
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 British Solar Renewables are very interested in the remote inspection and monitoring of their large solar farms. Whilst this isn't nuclear it's very very similar in a lot of respects: long term change detection but using IR cameras (looking for hotspots on panels). Plan to take this forward to proposal either to RAIN, Lloyds or IUK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discuss possibility of 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 Discussion with WOOD regarding possibility of future projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discussion with Sellafield and NNL regarding engagement with RAIN 
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 between RAIN directors and people from Sellafield and NNL regarding current and future work with RAIN
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Discussion with Sellafield and NNL regarding engagement with RAIN 
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 senior engineers and innovation managers from Sellafield and the National Nuclear Laboratory to discuss current and future collaboration opportunities and working with RAIN
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Future of Nuclear Robotics Safety Cases 
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 This was the first in a series of workshops. It introduced the current certification processes, highlights some of the issues as we move towards more sophisticated Robotics and AI solutions, and discussed the way forward. We had have talks by representatives from the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and York, and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://tiny.cc/FNRSC2018
 
Description Gave an invited talk at the AAAI 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 17-19/10/18 - Gave an invited talk at the AAAI 2018 Fall Symposium on Reasoning and Learning in Real-World Systems for Long-Term Autonomy and also represented RAIN paper (SOMA). DIscussions with other academics plus industry (Cogitai and Nissan).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://rbr.cs.umass.edu/lta/
 
Description Hosted Italian high school students. Oct 17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact ORI hosted high school students from Italy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ori.ox.ac.uk/itt-marconi-student-visit-to-ori/
 
Description Hosted ORI Industry Members at ORI 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 30/11/18 - Part of team hosting ORI Members' Day with BP, JLR, Nominet, Nav Tech, Bossa Nova, Honda Research Europe, and ASV
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted Toyota representatives in ORI. Oct 12 
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 Hosted Toyota representatives in ORI. Oct 12
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted W20 presentation at Oxford Robotics Institute to International Business Leaders 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted W20 presentation at Oxford Robotics Institute to International Business Leaders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted Whitehall Industry Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted Whitehall Industry Group at Oxford Robotics Institute to present to them about us/ demo and around workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted a visit from a contact at ZF Group. 
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 8/10/18 - Hosted a visit from a contact at ZF Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted group from Liverpool for Theme 4 discussions. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 1/11/18 - Hosted group from Liverpool for Theme 4 discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted visit and meeting in ORI with Prof. George Pappas 09/10/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Hosted visit and meeting in ORI with Prof. George Pappas 09/10/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted visitor at Oxford Robotics Institute 
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 Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Hosted Dr Radu Calinescu - January 2018 at Oxford Robotics Institute
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Hosted visitor at Oxford Robotics Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact RAIN hosted Prof Ludovic Righetti from NYU and MPI for invited talk "On the Importance of contact interactions for robotic locomotion and manipulation' 05.06.18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description International Robotics Showcase 
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 Stand at the international robotics showcase, including 3 robotic platforms that we demonstrated to attendees.
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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ipsos-MORI survey interview, 06/12/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Ipsos-MORI survey interview, 06/12/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ipsus Morri survey participation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Ipsus Morri survey participation to support RAIN performance analysis
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote at the IOPartsworkshop at MobiSys 2018 
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 Keynote at the IOPartsworkshop at MobiSys 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.sigmobile.org/mobisys/2018/workshops/
 
Description Lego Rovers a Great Hollingworth Academy 
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 A workshop on Mars Rovers and AI Programming was delivered to a 5 classes as part of a Year 9 enrichment day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at Aintree Davenhill 
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 Four robot programming workshops delivered to primary school children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Great Ashton STEM Academy 
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 A workshop on Mars Rovers and AI Programming was delivered to a STEM Club.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Green Park School 
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 Five robot programming workshops delivered to primary school children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Holy Rosary Primary 
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 Two Lego Rovers workshops delivered to Year 5 children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Hudson Primary 
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 A workshop on Mars Rovers and AI Programming was delivered to three classes of Primary School children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at LIPA Primary 
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 A workshop on Mars Rovers and AI Programming was delivered to two classes of Primary School children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Lydiate Primary 
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 Three Lego Rovers workshops delivered to primary children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Melland High School 
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 Lego Rover workshop delivered to a mixed group of SEN children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Melling Primary 
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 Four workshops run for primary children in Key Stage 2. Sparking questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Speke Hall 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 9 lego robot programming workshops were run for families over three days. This was to tie in with the National Trusts Women and Power theme, and Speke Hall's Vigorous Victorians theme which featured Ada Lovelace. The workshops were well received with most families reporting that it got them to discuss issues around robots and artificial intelligence with their family and friends.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Andrew's 
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 Two Lego Rover workshops delivered to year 3 classes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. George's Primary 
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 A programming workshop using Lego Robots was delivered to four classes in Key Stage 2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Gregory's 
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 Two workshops run for primary children in Key Stage 2. Sparking questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Hilda's Primary 
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 A workshop on Mars Rovers and AI Programming was delivered to a class of Primary School children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. John Bosco 
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 Two workshops run for primary children in Key Stage 2. Sparking questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Mary's Crosby 
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 A workshop on Mars Rovers and AI Programming was delivered to two classes of Primary School children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Oswald's 
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 Two Lego programming workshops delivered to a primary school audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at St. Thomas' 
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 A Lego Robot Programming workshop was delivered to 4 classes of primary children
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Rovers at Summerhill Primary 
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 Four robot programming workshops delivered to primary school children.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Lego Rovers at the AISB Convention 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lego Rovers workshop for families run as part of the AISB Convention
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Lego Space Rovers at Manchester Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A series of 20 workshops on programming autonomous systems delivered to families as part of Manchester Science Festival. Children were highly engaged and there were questions on future directions from parents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Meeting to discuss potential for research project 
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 with The Perfect Little Company regarding potential research project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Createc 
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 Initial meeting between RAIN and Createc. Lots of overlapping interests and technological skills between RAIN and Createc in the space of remote inspection. Createc have a test site at RACE and offices in Oxford, so we will try to build on this to support RIWG activities at least.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Createc on Interoperable Robotics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Met to discuss industry needs and strategy for UK interoperable robotics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with FAIR-SPACE strategic partnerships manager 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Attended meeting related to inter-hub engagement and news publication related to FARE-SPACE and RACE
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with FAIRspace team 
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 Attended event hosted by FAIR-SPACE, sparking many discussions around possible collaborations.
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 ORI and MRF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop with ORI and UKAEA Materials Research Facility to discuss opportunities for mobile mapping and recovery.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with student group at Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Attended briefing session for a group of students at Manchester, incluing briefings and Q&A on Fusion robotics and UKAEA business model.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meetings with ORCA members at Heriot-Watt to discuss cross-hub activities 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 20/11/18 - Meetings with ORCA members at Heriot-Watt to discuss cross-hub activities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Met with Createc to discuss nuclear inspeciton and robotics 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 8/11/18 - Met with Createc to discuss nuclear inspeciton and robotics
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 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 OCRA Demonstration day 
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 research results to industry in application-relevant settings. Participants were from ORCA, RAIN, ORI, Liverpool, Edinburgh, HWU, Imperial, EDF, Wood, EPSRC, Schlumberger, Total, i-Tech, Cybernetix, Chevron and others. We demonstrated: Anymal doing 3 autonomous tasks (walking, stair climbing, obstacle traversal); Husky doing teach-and-repeat navigation with 3D reconstruction and change detection; Jackal doing radiation-aware multi-objective mission planning
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Paper presentation at ICRA 2017 
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 Ioannis presented his paper "Supervisory teleoperation with online learning and optimal control," at ICRA 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.icra2017.org/
 
Description Participating in the 8th NDA Estate Supply Chain Event 
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 In this event, we have presented two systems; the hexapod and the snake-like robot The hexapod has high mobility, machining capability and versatility through the use of different leg layouts, a specialised stiffness mechanism and ability to deploy different tools. The snake-like robot with a slender and flexible construction such that it can be used for the mapping inside of gloveboxes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://decommsupplyevent.co.uk/
 
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 Platform for Investigation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in a Platform for Investigation event at the Museum of Science and Industry to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Manchester Baby Computer
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Presentation, 30th January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation at ISCF RAI meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presented Paper, ICRA 2017 
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 Presented paper at ICRA 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presented demonstrations on mobile robot localisation, 3D reconstruction, and risk-aware mission planning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 29/10/18 - Presented demonstrations on mobile robot localisation, 3D reconstruction, and risk-aware mission planning at the ORCA demo day at FSC. Talked with representatives of Schlumberger, Wood, EDF etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Public Talk at St Aldgate's Oxford 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 'Pint of Science' public talk at St Aldgate's Oxford
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/human-robots-or-robot-humans
 
Description RACE Hosted Interoperable Robotics Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact RACE hosted workshop on UK Interoperable Robotics platforms, requirements, and strategy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RACE facilitated ITER Synthetic Viewing Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact RACE hosted a workshop on virtual reality technologies and applications for ITER hot cell synthetic viewing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RAIN Management Board Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 15/11/18 - RAIN Management Board Meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RAIN remote Inspection Working Group User Engagement event 
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 RAIN remote Inspection Working Group User Engagement event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description RAIN-check update meeting, 06/12/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact RAIN-check update meeting, 06/12/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Reasoning Machines talk for the University of the Third Age 
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 talk covering the implementation of reasoning in machines and philosophical issues associated with computers and thought.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Remote Handling Industry Workshop 
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 One day event organised by RAIN at the Nuclear AMRC in Rotherham with the aim of identifying the key challenges in the nuclear industry related to remote handling. Approximately 30 people attended from the UK nuclear industry (Sellafield, AWE, EDF, James Fisher Nuclear, etc). The outcomes of this workshop included influencing future research within RAIN, the establishment of joint industry / RAIN working groups to explore this topic further and identification of specific challenges where RAIN technology can be deployed in the short term.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Remote Handling Working Group Workshop 
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 Follow on meeting for the remote handing user group to discuss gloveboxes and the potential use of robotics. Getting insight and feedback from user groups and industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Remote Inspection Industry Meeting 
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 One day event organised by RAIN at the Culham Science Centre with the aim of identifying the key challenges in the nuclear industry related to remote inspection. Approximately 40 people attended from the UK nuclear industry (Sellafield, AWE, EDF, James Fisher Nuclear, etc). The outcomes of this workshop included influencing future research within RAIN, the establishment of joint industry / RAIN working groups to explore this topic further and identification of specific challenges where RAIN technology can be deployed in the short term.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Rolls Royce workshop on Haptics hosted at RACE 
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 Discussion with RR on potential collaborations related to haptics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Roundtable on 'Roundtable discussion on 'Engaging with the public with Artificial Intelligence: What can we do?' as part of the Oxford Public Engagement with Research event - 5/7/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Roundtable on 'Roundtable discussion on 'Engaging with the public with Artificial Intelligence: What can we do?' as part of the Oxford Public Engagement with Research event - 5/7/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description SPRINT Robotics Demonstration Event 
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 In this event, University of Nottingham took two continuum robots to Rotterdam. The audiences from Oil, chemistry and energy industry presented hugh interest to the robots which we are further developing in the Rain hub, making the hub more widely known. Few potential links for further collaboration could be formed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.sprintrobotics.org/sprint-robotics-demonstration-event-at-rotterdam-rdm-campus/
 
Description Seminar at University of Oxford in Computer Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Oxford CS Seminar 20/4/18 - http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/seminars/1984.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/seminars/1984.html
 
Description Space:Late at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A stand demonstrating lego Mars Rovers featuring as part of an evening "Space:Late" event at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. Many enthusiastic and interested discussions with members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.msimanchester.org.uk/what-was-on/space-late
 
Description Spoke at Janus Henderson Event - Disruption and the Modern Economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Spoke at Janus Henderson Event - Disruption and the Modern Economy - 24/5/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Spoke at the Oxford Royale Summer School on AI/Robotics in the Future Economy - 25/7/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Spoke at the Oxford Royale Summer School on AI/Robotics in the Future Economy - 25/7/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Stargazing at the World Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A stand demonstrating lego Mars Rovers featuring as part of an evening "stargazing" event at the World Museum in Liverpool. Many enthusiastic and interested discussions with members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://legorovers.csc.liv.ac.uk
 
Description Talk at Deutche Bank 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 29/11/18 - Spoke about AI and Robotics to members of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment in Birmingham, at Deutche Bank
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at Magazino 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at Magazino
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.magazino.eu/?lang=en
 
Description Talk at Royal Society Scientific Meeting, London, 19-20 Feb 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk at Royal Society Scientific meeting, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk at the University of Leeds 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact 7/11/18 - Gave invited talk at the University of Leeds -
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://robotics.leeds.ac.uk/events/seminar-long-term-autonomy-in-everyday-environments-a-challenge-...
 
Description Talk at the University of Lincoln: SoCS Seminar Series: Task Planning for Long-Term Autonomy in Mobile Service Robots - 13/7/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk at the University of Lincoln: SoCS Seminar Series: Task Planning for Long-Term Autonomy in Mobile Service Robots - 13/7/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://socs.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/socs-seminar-series-task-planning-for-long-term-autonomy-in-mobile-s...
 
Description Talk on robotics to further maths students as part of Further Maths What's Next at the University of Oxford - 20/6/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk on robotics to further maths students as part of Further Maths What's Next at the University of Oxford - 20/6/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talked to British Solar Renewables 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talked to British Solar Renewables about a possible long term inspection and monitoring application at solar farms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talks on robotics and AI as part of University of Oxford Open Days 27 & 28/6/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talks on robotics and AI as part of University of Oxford Open Days 27 & 28/6/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Teleconference with Kuka Systems 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Teleconference between UKAEA and Kuka Systems to discuss ongoing collaborations and future opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Theme 1 meeting @ Nottingham, 17/09/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Theme 1 meeting @ Nottingham, 17/09/2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description To demonstrate robotics technology and discuss potential for future collaborative projects 
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 technology and discussion regarding potential for future collaborative projects with Qiniteq
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description To discuss future nuclear safety case workshop 
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 ONR to discuss future nuclear safety case workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description To discuss future projects 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with JAEA and NMRI in Japan to disucss future projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description To discuss potential research/innovation projects. 
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 with RovTech regarding potential research/innovation projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Tomorrow's World Live: Me and My Robot 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Dr. Dennis participated in a panel interview on the future of robotics run by the BBC at Manchester Science Festival in front of a live audience. It was live-streamed on various social media channels and subsequently made available on iPlayer.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05lph23
 
Description Trial days at FSC 
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 27-29/10/18 - Trial days at FSC preparing risk-aware/radiation-aware mission planning demo on Jackal robot.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description UKRI People Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Joined the ISCF RAI in Extreme Environments programme team to talk about the RAIN hub to up to 3000 UKRI staff. Presented one of our robotic platforms and discussed the Hub.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description VaVas workshop and demo - accepted for presentation in July 2018 
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 VaVas demo paper and workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit KUKA Robotics UK 
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 On 11 JUL 2018, the robotic research team led by Dr. Guido Herrmann visited KUKA Robotics UK. The visit aimed to clarify the current KUKA-robot applications in the UK nuclear industry and explore the possibility to deploy KUKA light weight robots in nuclear decommissioning projects. KUKA Robotics introduced two different approaches to control different KUKA robots for nuclear decommissioning. Then, Bristol's research team had a discussion with the KUKA robotics engineers about the possible approaches to control KUKA light weight robots (LBR).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visit to Wandercraft (partner in MEMMO) in Paris. Nov 16 
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 to Wandercraft (partner in MEMMO) in Paris. Nov 16
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visited UKAEA 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 23/11/18 - Visited UKAEA Materials Research Facility to discuss potential inspection and monitoring projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Visiting from Uniper 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented the continuum robots and walking robot developing in University of Nottingham, and identified several potential collaboration opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop organised at ICRA 2017 
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 Ioannis organised a workshop in ICRA 2017, titled: "Robust perception, planning, and control for legged robot locomotion in challenging domains"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://icra2017wslocomotion.wordpress.com/program/
 
Description Workshop with Radioactive Waste Management 
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 Hosted workshop with Radioactive Waste Management group at UKAEA.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018