Testing ANYmal at RACE

The RAIN team from Oxford Robotics Institute visited RACE to test out their ANYmal at the mobility benchmarking lanes. This is part of their work to test the reliability of different mobile robots. The terrain course, consisting of three ‘lanes’, was first developed by NIST, the U.S’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. The lanes provide a standard benchmark for all small/medium wheeled, tracked and legged robots.

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Outreach activities

An important element of the RAIN Hub’s work is our mission to communicate the challenges faced by the nuclear industry, and our robotic and AI solutions, to the general public. To facilitate this, we have developed some outreach games. These have been designed with two of our working groups in mind; remote handling and remote inspection.

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Three new academic research partners in RAIN

We have added three new institutions to the RAIN Hub. They are tasked with carrying out projects that are complimentary to work already ongoing in the hub, in areas we wanted to draw in additional expertise. It is great to welcome them to the team!

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Formal methods in Autonomous Systems Workshop

Dr Matt Luckcuck and Prof. Michael Fisher, in collaboration with Dr Marie Farrell from the FAIR-SPACE Hub, organised an academic workshop on the robust verification and validation of autonomous systems. The workshop, entitled ‘Formal Methods for Autonomous Systems’ (FMAS) was held on the 11th of October at the Third World Congress on Formal Methods, in Porto.

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Remote Inspection Working Group at Bristol

The Remote Inspection Working group is working on both characterisation and long term monitoring and change detection of spaces in the nuclear industry. In August, they tested some new kit at the University of Bristol’s Fenswood Farm facility.

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Many RAIN researchers were at the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS) Conference held in London in July this year. The conference was held at the newly built Mile End campus of the Queen Mary University of London. Many interesting papers were presented, including by RAIN researchers from Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) and the University of Manchester. Delegates this year particularly enjoyed an excellent set of keynote talks delivered from leading researchers from industry and academia, covering topics including machine learning, robotic manipulation and an overview of robotics at Google DeepMind.

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