Events

RAIN Webinars

Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30 on Zoom. Meeting ID: 708 659 623

We have started a weekly online seminar series to keep everyone up to date with the work going on across the RAIN Hub.

All webinars have been recorded. You can find them on this playlist

DATES

24th September 2020 Remote Inspection Working Group

Agenda tbc. We are aiming to include a live remote inspection demonstration, subject to any changes in restrictions.

We're in the process of confirming speakers and titles for the forseeable future and will post them here, as well as on Twitter and LinkedIn, as things are firmed up

Human-Robot Interaction Workshop

Monday 28th Sept, Tuesday 29th Sept and Thursday 1st October, online

This set of workshops will bring stakeholders together to discuss how humans interact with robots now and in the future.

Registration and more details can be found here

Optimising the way humans and robots interact is fundamental to their usage and effectiveness in nuclear environments. In all research areas of the RAIN Hub feedback and discussion with industry stakeholders is invaluable. This is our first session focusing on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). Over two days (Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th September) we will host 7 separate online sessions, each diving into 1 of 7 research themes. The outcomes of these sessions will be summarised in a panel discussion on Thursday 1st October, 9:30 - 10:30.

The event aims to:

  • Strengthen existing, and create new, links between industry and academia
  • Create a HRI network for the UK's Nuclear industry
  • Talk to industry about the current ongoing research across UK universities
  • Improve our understanding of the current industrial challenges, informing future research

Past webinars

All webinars have been recorded. You can find them on this playlist.

2nd April 2020 Hosted by the University of Manchester.

9:30 Keir Groves: Exploration and radiation mapping of unknown environments using radiation informed 3D navigation

9:50 Matthew Nancekievill: Active deployment of the University of Manchester’s tracked robotic platform at Dounreay, and a summary of our aquatic robotics research

10:10 Liam Brown: Reconfigurable robotic platform with advanced sensing for confined spaces

23rd April 2020 Hosted by the University of Nottingham.

9:30 Mingfeng Wang: A novel self-calibration algorithm for enhancing the machining capability of reconfigurable parallel kinematic manipulators

9:50 Matteo Russo: Continuum robot with self-propelled capability for the inspection of extreme environments

10:10 Nan Ma: Modelling and experimental validation of a compliant under-actuated parallel kinematic manipulator

30th April 2020 Hosted by the University of Liverpool.

9:30 Michael Fisher: What is Verification and Validation?

9:50 Rafael Cardoso: Integrating Verifiable Agents in ROS

10:10 Fabio Pappachini: Processing and Verification of Information Streams

7th May 2020 Hosted by the University of Sheffield.

9:30 Sandor Veres: Innovative approaches to HRI.

9:50 James Clarke: Reconfigurability through NLP.

10:10 Mohammed Hazim: System programming architectures

14th May 2020

9:30 Yannick Verbelen, The University of Bristol: State of the Art for Robotics and Sensors for Nuclear Monitoring and Inspection

9:50 Tilly Alton, The University of Lancaster: Developing radiation detection instrumentation for ROS

10:10 Andy West, The University of Manchester: 2D Gamma Radiation Mapping with the TORONE Projects

21st May 2020 Hosted by the University of Manchester, School of Social Sciences.

9:30 Başak Sarac̣-Lesavre: Decommissioning of Sellafield as a Collective Experiment

9:50 Petra Tjitske-Kalshoven: Preparing for a Future: Time to Think in Nuclear Decommissioning

10:10 Ian Tellam: Problematising Technological Adoption at Sellafield

28th May 2020 Hosted by the RAIN Human Robot Interaction team

9:30 Guido Herrman: Introduction

9:40 Emily Collins: Considering 'H'RI Challenges in Hazardous Environments

09:55 Ozan Tokatli: Teleoperated Gloveboxes

10:10 Erwin Lopez: Estimation and prediction of human behaviour using multi-modal physiological measurements and data-driven methods in human robot interaction

11th June 2020 Hosted by the University of Oxford, focussing on legged robots within RAIN

9:30 Romeo Orsolino, Oxford Robotics Institute: Interactive Nonlinear Trajectory Re-Optimization for Walking Robots

9:50 Wei Cheah, The University of Manchester: Corin - a hexapod for non-planar motion research

10:10 Joseu Camacho, The University of Nottingham: From Parallel Kinematic Manipulators to an Advanced Walking Machine Centre

18th June 2020 More from RAIN HRI team

9:30 Peter Scarfe: Understanding sensorimotor optimisation of bimanual telerobotics

9:50 Inmo Jang: Towards minimum worries in nuclear tele-manipulation: Collision-free inverse kinematics

10:10 Alex Smith: User study in variable autonomy

25th June 2020 Guest takeover by the ORCA Hub

9:30 Jamie Blanche: Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) Radar for Non-Contact Asset Health Monitoring

9:50 Arnau Garriga Casanovas: Robot Deployable EMAT NDE Sensor

10:10 Osama Zaki: Self-Certification and Safety Compliance for Robotics Platforms

9th July 2020 Guest takeover by Sellafield Ltd. Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Integrated Research Team (RAI-IRT)

09:30 Chris Ballard and JP Richardson, Use of robotics and artificial intelligence at Sellafield Ltd

09:40 Paul Mort, Areas for innovation

09:55 Phil Toomey, ROVs in the legacy ponds

10:10 Amanda Smith and Calvin Smye, UAV Inspections

10:25 Simon Watson, Collaborative Robotics Projects with Sellafield

16th July 2020 Pipe and in-bore robotics

9:30 Nick Castledine: Design of a 2" Bore Pipe Inspection Robot for the Nuclear Industry

9:50 Tristan Tremethick: In-bore welding strategy for fusion power plants

10:10 Keelan Keogh: Laser Piglet a solution for in-bore pipe cleaning

23rd July 2020 Session hosted by RACE on CorteX, agenda tbc

9:30 Radhika Nath: Computer vision system for teleoperated gloveboxes

9:50 Ipek Caliskanelli and Matthew Goodliffe: CorteX: A software framework for interoperable, plug-and-play, distributed robotic systems-of-systems

10:10 Luigi Pangione: Condition monitoring system of the RAIN glovebox developed at RACE

30th July 2020 Guest hosted by Rolls Royce

9:30 James Kell: Collaboration success between UoN & RR within aerospace in-field maintenance

10:00 Richard Mecrow: Spotlight on COBRA

13th August 2020 2 hour workshop: ROS for nuclear sensing. This workshop will focus on designing Robot Operating System (ROS) messages to better integrate radiation sensors onto robot platforms. Sign up using this eventbrite page.

20th August 2020 Aquatic special, including a guest presentation from the NOC

9:30 Maaten Furlong, the National Oceanography Centre:Marine Autonomy Systems in Ocean Science: Developments, Operations and Integration

9:50 Ammar Al Mhdawi, University of Newcastle: Design and Development of Intelligent Tether System

10:10 Matthew Nancekievill, University of Manchester: Aquatic robotic research at The University of Manchester

Past events

Delivering Change Through Robotics at Sellafield

19th September 2019, Energus, Cumbria

Registration is required but attendance is free. Full details and registration information can be found on the website.

This event will demonstrate the current use of robotics at Sellafield, invite Sellafield’s workforce to help shape the future role of robotics in decommissioning, showcase next-generation robotic developments, present the progress of the RAIN Hub, stimulate ideas, discussion and future innovation. The event will also be used to highlight specific challenges for which robotic solutions are currently being sought by Sellafield through the Game Changers programme. Funding and technical support will be available for innovative ideas which can demonstrate the potential to meet Sellafield’s robotic needs.

The event will be used to launch Sellafield’s robotic call for innovation, which will involve three specific challenges:

  • Deployment techniques to allow remote working at height in high hazardous areas,
  • Autonomous removal of Special Nuclear Material (SNM) packages from a store to a transport container for export,
  • Remote inspection of SNM packages.

Attendees are welcome from industry, academia, or government.

Scoping Certifiable Autonomous Nuclear Robotics

12th April 2019, Manchester

Registration is required but attendance is free. Full details and registration information can be found on the website.

This workshop will explore the challenges of certifying nuclear robotic systems. Groups of attendees will examine realistic nuclear robotic case studies, discussing how the introduction of autonomy, machine learning, or long-term use will impact the verification techniques and evidence required for certification. Representatives from the Office for Nuclear Regulation will be at the workshop to provide their feedback certification for robotics with higher levels of autonomy.

Each discussion group will tackle one case study, considering in-depth the current challenges to certification and the future challenges as we introduce higher levels of autonomy. Attendees will have the opportunity to select one case study for the discussion sessions, and descriptions of the case studies will be available before the workshop.

Attendees are welcome from industry, academia, or government; with an interest in robotics, autonomy, AI, safety, assurance, and certification; and particularly those involved in EPSRC/ISCF activities such as the RAIN Hub, the NCNR Hub, the Robotics for Nuclear Environments programme, and the Assuring Autonomy International Programme. All attendees should be prepared to participate fully in the discussion.

Output of the discussion sessions that is of particular interest include:

  • common barriers to introducing higher levels of autonomy,
  • techniques for the verification of autonomy,
  • observations about current safety documentation practice, and
  • areas for collaborative work in the future.

The key points from the discussion sessions will be collated and distributed to the attendees after the workshop.

Programme

Overview: After a brief introduction, the 'owners' of robotic case study will give an overview of the robotic system and the task it performs-- highlighting and unusual hazards or challenges. Representatives from the ONR will give a broad overview of the key points of nuclear certification.

Discussion Session 1: Current Hazards

The first group discussion session; each discussion group will consider the certification of the current case study (before introducing any autonomous challenges). Each group will consider:

  • the key hazards that a safety case for that system must account for
  • how to mitigate these hazards
  • what evidence can be provided for these mitigating factors, and;
  • how we might constrain the system's environment to improve or ease its safety.

At the end of this discussion session, each group will have the opportunity to feedback key points of their discussion to the other groups.

Discussion Session 2: Future Hazards

The second discussion session; each discussion group will consider the certification of the case study if we introduce challenges posed by autonomy. Each group will consider the points from Discussion Session 1, but with their case study extended to include:

  • higher levels of autonomy,
  • long-term autonomous systems,
  • disposal or recovery at the robot's end-of-life, and;
  • adaptive or machine learning components.

Again, at the end of this discussion session, each group will have the opportunity to feedback key points of their discussion to the other groups.

Summary and Close

To close the workshop, we will provide an initial overview of the key points from the discussion sessions and representatives from the ONR will provide initial feedback on their view of the discussions.

Case Study Owners

  • Sally Forbes, UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • Howard Chapman, National Nuclear Laboratory
  • Andy Melia, Sellafield Ltd
  • Andrew Wallwork, Atomic Weapons Establishment

Organisers

Michael Fisher & Matt Luckcuck-- University of Liverpool, RAIN Hub

RAIN Hub Demonstration and Working Groups Day

26th March 2019, Manchester

We invite you to Manchester for an update on the progress of the RAIN Hub. There will be a range of technical demonstrations, updates on the progress of the working groups, and the working group Grand Challenges. During the afternoon we will be welcoming input and feedback from you, to help us keep moving our research in the right direction. 

Registration is free via our eventbrite and open to anyone from industry, academia, or government, with an interest in robotics, autonomy, AI, and safety.

Future of Nuclear Robotics Safety Cases

11th of September 2018, Manchester

Organised by the Universities of Liverpool and York, with the Office for Nuclear Regulation, this workshop introduces the current certification processes, highlights some of the issues as we move towards more sophisticated Robotics and AI solutions, and discusses the way forward.

We will have talks by representatives from the Universities of Liverpool and York, and the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR).

Registration is free via our eventbrite and open to anyone from industry, academia, or government, with an interest in robotics, autonomy, AI, safety, assurance, and certification, and specifically those involved in EPSRC/ISCF activities such as the RAIN Hub, the NCNR Hub, or the Robotics for Nuclear Environments and Assuring Autonomy programmes

International Robotics Showcase

June 21st 2018
Liverpool, UK

As part of the international business festival, there will be an international robotics showcase. We will be present with some of our robotics platforms. Come and say hello!

This also raises some fundamental questions: while the robots are ready to share control, what is the optimal trade-off between autonomy and control that we are comfortable with? Domains where this debate is relevant include self-driving cars, offshore asset inspection and maintenance, deep sea and autonomous mining, shared manufacturing, exoskeletons/prosthetics for rehabilitation as well as smart cities to list a few.

More info

Public lecture

Shared Autonomy - The Future of Interactive Robotics

June 18th 2018
Victoria Gallery & Museum
Ashton Street
Liverpool
L69 3DR

The next generation of robots are going to work much more closely with humans, other robots and interact significantly with the environment around it. As a result, the key paradigms are shifting from isolated decision making systems to one that involves shared control -- with significant autonomy devolved to the robot platform; and end-users in the loop making only high level decisions. This talk will introduce powerful machine learning technologies ranging from robust multi-modal sensing, shared representations, scalable real-time learning and adaptation and optimal scheduling of compliant actuation that are enabling us to reap the benefits of increased autonomy while still feeling securely in control.

This also raises some fundamental questions: while the robots are ready to share control, what is the optimal trade-off between autonomy and control that we are comfortable with? Domains where this debate is relevant include self-driving cars, offshore asset inspection and maintenance, deep sea and autonomous mining, shared manufacturing, exoskeletons/prosthetics for rehabilitation as well as smart cities to list a few.

More info

June 2018 User Group Events

Upcoming are 2 user focused events: explaining the relevant ongoing research at RAIN, and aiming to better understand the key priorities for the near future within the nuclear industry.

 

June 5th 2018: Remote Handling

Location: Nuclear AMRC, Rotherham

For SME’s and end users interested in remote handling

 

June 8th 2018: Remote Inspection

Location: RACE, Abingdon

For SME’s and end users interested in remote inspection

Pint of Science

Simon Watson will present within “Robot Revolution” evening May 14th 2018. Are Robots just Spanners or Evil Overlords in Waiting?

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Are we going to wake up in 10 years’ time and find that we now have a supreme robot overlord or are the robots of the future just going to be tools that help make our lives better? Khris Kababbe will present within the “Extreme Engineering” evening May 15th. Drones in a Dirty, Dull and Dangerous world.

https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/extreme-engineering

Autonomous robots are destined for Dirty, Dull, and Dangerous missions. But what about the humans that have to operate these on site? Khris Kabbabe will talk about operating Drones in Dirty (Landfil sites), Dull (offshore renewable energy), and Dangerous (Volcanoes and Rain Forest) places, and why drones are essential to our understanding of these environments.