RAIN COMMUNITY

  • The Robotics Group at the University of Manchester

    Institution partner summary: www.uomrobotics.com

    Institution lead for RAIN: Barry Lennox

    The Robotics for Extreme Environments Group at the University of Manchester conducts research into the use of mobile robots in extreme environments, with the primary focus of the work being the development of robotic systems for nuclear decommissioning applications. The group brings together the Schools of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE) and Computer Science (CS). With access to the Dalton Cumbrian Facility, a state-of-the-art nuclear research base in Cumbria, the group has formed strong industrial collaborations with companies such as Sellafield Ltd and the National Nuclear Laboratory. This enables robotic systems to be developed, and research topics guided, with clear end-user engagement.

    Institution name: Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE), part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority.
  • Remote Applications in Challenging Environments (RACE), part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority

    Institution lead: Rob Buckingham

    Institution summary: www.race.ukaea.uk

    As part of the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), RACE is conducting R&D and commercial activities in the field of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS). The UKAEA’s primary mission is fusion and this creates an imperative to develop robotic solutions to operate and maintain a fusion reactor. We know that we can only solve our grand challenge by working with others. Learning with the best is the premise of our national and international collaborations. This is taking us into adjacent fields: driverless vehicles, intelligent mobility, smart infrastructure and asset integrity management as well as advanced control systems, augmented reality and autonomous systems.

  • Faculty of Engineering at Bristol University

    www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/, and the Bristol Robotics Lab www.brl.ac.uk/

    Institution lead: Tom Scott

  • The Nuclear Science and Engineering Research Group in the Department of Engineering at Lancaster University

    Institution lead: Malcolm Joyce

    Institution partner summary: www.lancaster.ac.uk/engineering/research/nuclear/

    Excellence in research in nuclear instrumentation, nuclear decommissioning, and chemical processes along with our location relative to Sellafield Ltd, Springfields Fuels Ltd. and many supporting specialist companies have placed us in an internationally-leading position in nuclear engineering systems.

    In nuclear decommissioning our research in robotics targets the need to reduce the requirement for manned entry into radioactive environments. This provides invaluable possibilities for the safe retrieval and disposal of contaminated materials whilst safeguarding the environment and minimising radiation exposure to people, for example using hydraulic manipulators and UAVs in this application.

    We also lead a joint EPSRC/Department of Energy & Climate Change project, in collaboration with the University of Liverpool and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy ‘ADRIANA’ as part of the second phase of the National Nuclear Users’ Facility. This will enable the most sensitive neutron multiplicity calorimeter in the world to be established based on Lancaster capability.

  • The Autonomy & Verification Lab within the Department of Computer Science, at the University of Liverpool

    Institution lead for RAIN: Michael Fisher

    Institution departmental summary: http://cgi.csc.liv.ac.uk/~matt/AVLab/

    The Department of Computer Science is a leading centre for computer science-related research and education, working closely with a range of industry partners to develop technologies and applications in cutting edge fields, from mobile computing to artificial intelligence. The Autonomy and Verification Lab provides a range of research concerning autonomous systems and their verification. Applications include unmanned aircraft, robotics and distributed sensor systems.

  • Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing Technology and on-wing technology at University of Nottingham

    Institution lead for RAIN: Dragos Axinte

    Institution partner summary:

    www.nottingham.ac.uk/utc/index.aspx

    Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and on-wing technology at University of Nottingham is a multi-disciplinary research team, mainly focusing on robotics for challenging environments and manufacturing of aerospace components.

    Working closely to Rolls-Royce, the UTC has the following robots developed for the interventions of in-situ inspection and repair of large and complex installations and also owns the following equipment for supporting the research on robotics design and control:

    1. 6-DoF Hexapod Machine Tool;

    2. 25-DoF stiffness-adjustable continuum robot (1200mm in length, 12mm in diameter at tip, 38mm in diameter at base);

    3. 6-DoF miniaturised continuum robot (300mm in length, 15mm in diameter);

    4. VICON (Vantage) - motion tracking vision system;

    5. 5-DoF arm robot with 3D Artec Spider scanner ;

    6. MVIQ GE camera with 6mm phase measurement probe; 4mm stereo vison probe;

    8. 6 DOF eletromagnetic sensor (3D Guidance trackStarTM) y

  • Oxford Robotics Institute at the University of Oxford

    Institution lead: Ioannis Havoutis

    Institution summary: http://ori.ox.ac.uk/

    The Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) is a world leading centre for research in robot navigation with an ambitious, application-driven research agenda. It is a tight-knit community of over 60 researchers, engineers and academics focused on developing robust robot autonomy, directed by Prof. Paul Newman. ORI has a leadership position in both UK and European robotics and has demonstrated large scale robotics projects. The Dynamic Robot Systems Group (DRS) is a group within the ORI, that focuses on estimation, navigation, motion planning and control for dynamic robots. Led by Drs. Maurice Fallon and Ioannis Havoutis, the group has a focus on state of the art walking robot navigation and deployment in realistic field demonstrations.

  • Autonomous Systems and Robotics Group (ASRG)

    Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) at the University of Sheffield

    Institution lead for RAIN: Prof Sandor M Veres

    Institution partner summary:www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/research/groups/asrg

    ACSE is one of the largest departments devoted to the subject of control science in Europe. ASRG operates intelligent robot arms and rovers in experiments of autonomous decisions in manufacturing and waste disposal applications. In the past, nuclear material handling and sorting by an autonomously operating robot arm has been demonstrated in ASRG labs. ASRG also has a fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in its dedicated rural site and hangar and has a fully instrumented and computer controlled semi-autonomous van for industrial use.