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


Tuesday September 26, 08:00 - 17:00

Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 113



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 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.  


Morning Session, Topical Presentations and IROS 2017 Plenary II, (20 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A)

8:00 – 8:10 Bill Hamel, University of Tennessee, USA Welcome and Forum Overview (10 min)
8:10 – 8:35 Veiko Vunder, Mitch Pryor, UT Austin, USA Improved situational awareness for teleoperated systems with VR headset and panospheric camera integration
8:35 – 9:00 Philippe Bidaud, ISIR, France Autonomous In-door Inspection
9:00 – 10:00 Fei-Fei Li Stanford University/Google (BREAK) A Quest for Visual Intelligence, Ballrooms B, C, & D
10:10 - 10:35 Claudio Semini, IIT, Italy Towards Quadruped Service Robots for the Nuclear Industry
10:35 – 11:00 Adam Norton, Holly Yanco, Taskin Padir, UMass Lowell, and Northeastern University, USA Humanoid Robots for Glovebox Clean-up
11:00 – 11:25 Keir Groves, Barry Lennox, University of Manchester, UK Mobile aquatic robots in nuclear environments
11:25 – 11:50 Young Soo Park, Argonne National Lab, USA Lessons Learned and Innovation from Remote Operations for D&D
11:50 – 12:15 Jean Plummer, Savannah River National Lab, USA Remote Challenges at Savannah River Site

 Lunch Break and IROS 2017 Keynote 1

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch Not Provided
1:00 – 1:45 Nicholas Roy, MIT Keynote 1: Representations vs Algorithms: Symbols and Geometry in Robotics, Room 211

Final Session – Looking Ahead, Key Programs (30 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A)

2:00 – 2:15 Bill Hamel, University of Tennessee, USA Introductory Remarks about Past Perspectives and Future Trends
2:15 – 2:45 Hajime Asama, University of Tokyo, Japan The Current Status and Future Strategic Plan of Decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Stations Using Remote-Controlled Robot Technology
2:45 – 3:15 Rustam Stolkin, University of Birmingham, UK EU H2020 project RoMaNS (Robotic Manipulation for Nuclear Sort and Segregation)
3:15 – 3:45 Ji Sup Yoon, KAERI, South Korea Research Works and future plan at Nuclear Robotic Lab, KAERI
3:45 – 4:15 Jason Wheeler, Sandia NL, Rod Rimando, DOE EM Technology Development, USA A Roadmap for Robotics and Remote Systems in Nuclear Cleanup
4:15 – 5:00 Mitch Pryor, Bill Hamel Open Discussion and New Technical Conference Platforms for the Community.
Activity levels increasing worldwide in nuclear applications.
Joint efforts between IEEE RAS, ANS RRSD, RSJ and others.
Is it time for a biennial joint technical conference with peer reviewed and published proceedings?