IEEE/RSJ International Conference on
Intelligent Robots and Systems
Vancouver, BC, Canada
September 24–28, 2017


Half-Day Open Forum



Professor Bill Hamel
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
(865) 806 -1073

Professor Yoshi Nakamura
Department of Mechano-Informatics
School of Information Science and Technology
University of Tokyo

Professor Hajime Asama
Department of Precision Engineering,
School of Engineering,
The University of Tokyo

Professor Raja Chatila
Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique
Université Pierre et Marie CURIE
+33 (0) 1 44 27 28 76

Dr. Mitch Pryor, Research Scientist
Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Texas at Austin
Tel. +1 (512) 423 – 1685



The general objective of this forum is to facilitate exchange between researchers, users, and decision makers of robotics and automation technologies in nuclear operations and facilities. The forum will be in cooperation with the Robotics and Remote Systems Division of the American Nuclear Society, and will include presentations and discussions about the challenges of normal and off-nominal operations, with particular interests in clean-up of legacy nuclear facilities around the world, and ongoing recovery operations at the Fukushima Daiichi site.

This half-day forum will provide the opportunity for researchers and users to meet and discuss the recent results and emerging technology requirements. Specific objectives are to provide workshop participants with:

  1. Updates on key R&A technologies applicable to Nuclear Facilities from both academia and industry.
  2. Presentations and discussions regarding recent waste site clean-up uses of, and results with, R&A from around the world.
  3. Overviews and future plans robotics in waste clean-up programs in the US and other countries.
  4. Updates on the utilization of R&A technologies at the Fukushima Daiichi site.


Topics of interest

  • Robot mobility and navigation in harsh and unstructured environments
  • Sensing, mapping, and surveillance/inspection in all phases of nuclear operations
  • Tooling centric manipulation
  • Human machine interfaces for effective remote operations
  • Advanced teleperation, telerobotic, and autonomous system concepts for harsh and unstructured environments
  • Resource allocation, networking, and signal transmission with multiple remote robotic systems in complex environments
  • Data/knowledge management and coordination in multi-robot remote operations
  • Power sources/transmission for mobile remote robotic systems in complex environments
  • Operational experiences with remote robotics systems
  • Radiation hardening of materials and components


Intended audience

This workshop will be of interest to researchers and practitioners who are presently involved, or considering involvement, in nuclear applications of robotics and remote systems. Such participants will be from academia, industry and government laboratories from around the world.