Past Events

HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION WORKSHOP

28th Sept, 29th Sept and 1st October, online.  

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

2ND WORKSHOP ON HRI FOR EXTREME AND HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS – TEST METHODS AND EVALUATION METRICS (CEHE, 2020)

31st August 2020, Royal Continent Hotel and Meeting Centre, Naples, Italy

The 2nd workshop at RO-MAN 2020, will once again bring those communities together, focusing on the development of test methods and metrics for evaluating interactions with remotely located robotic systems, which could be deployed in environments such as nuclear inspection and decommissioning, offshore energy activity and maintenance, space exploration, and deep mining etc. This shall be achieved in line with the RO-MAN 2020 conference theme of Robots with Heart, Mind and Soul, by exploring the development of test methods and metrics with user experience in mind: industrial applications need to build solutions rooted in deeper analysis of the user-experience as they interact with and use robotics. Thus, we will focus on methods and metrics that place the human as central to the human-robot interaction.


LEGACY DISRUPTORS IN APPLIED TELEROBOTICS: IMPROVING THE MACHINE, THE INTERFACE, AND THE HUMAN.

4th November – IROS 2019 – The Venetian Macao, Macau

The workshop will bring together individuals from the broad field of Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction research, to discuss the future of Human-Machine Interfaces in telerobotics. The focus is to discuss the legacy issues that occur in telerobotics and to draw on innovative approaches that might be introduced. The workshop aims to encourage discussion of new methods and technologies for disrupting existing legacy systems in telerobotics. Examples of established systems from research and industrial applications will be reviewed to identify the lessons learned, and considered alongside areas that have high levels of innovation. The workshop invites participation across industry, academia and throughout all applications in telerobotics.


CHALLENGES OF HUMAN-ROBOT INTERACTION IN EXTREME AND HAZARDOUS ENVIRONMENTS (CEHE 2019)

14th October 2019 – A Workshop in Conjuction with IEEE International Conference on Robot and Human Interactive  Communication (IEEE RO-MAN, 2019)

The goal of the workshop is to enable a cross fertilisation of ideas and solutions for issues encountered when attempting to generate complex models of interaction between robots and humans, that can be used in extreme environments. Similarly through this workshop, we aim to better understand the limitations and benefits of different interaction scenarios, when robotic are subjected to extreme and harsh environments.


DELIVERING CHANGE THROUGH ROBOTICS AT SELLAFIELD

19th September 2019, Energus, Cumbria

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.

SCOPING CERTIFIABLE AUTONOMOUS NUCLEAR ROBOTICS

12th April 2019, Manchester

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.


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.


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.


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?.

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.

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.

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