Remote Handling

THEMES 3 & 5

Human Robot Interaction – lead by Sandor Veres

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/acse/staff/smv

Architecture – Rob Skilton

Research Challenges (T3RC):

  • 1

    Telerobots need to be raised to higher levels of autonomy so as to enhance productivity and quality of operations
  • 2

    Operators need to communicate tasks quickly and easily to robot systems, potentially using high-level gestures utilising augmented reality
  • 3

    Knowledge transfer interfaces need to be developed, where operators can define new material types, object geometries, appearance, physical properties and systems
  • 4

    A high-level conceptual system needs to be developed for HRI to communicate jobs and tasks at higher levels of abstraction levels, such as “clean up this pile of materials”, “find and handle the most radioactive materials and store them in Area B”
  • 5

    The robots need to be able to generate human readable reports in the natural language of their recent activities and the tasks completed; 6. In line with robotic capabilities, training needs to be developed for robot operators so that they understand the operational capabilities as well as the limitations of robots
  • 6

    In line with robotic capabilities, training needs to be developed for robot operators so that they understand the operational capabilities as well as the limitations of robots

Research Challenges (T5RC):

  • 1

    To determine what the function / efficacy / impact of robotic systems, including digital tools such as AR/VR, condition monitoring, operational management and hardware tools will be on the movement of nuclear materials
  • 2

    To determine the affect that RAI will have on nuclear architecture and processes. For instance, will RAI enable radically different approaches to plant operation and decommissioning to be technically feasible? Can a “remote maintenance manual” for different applications be developed?
  • 3

    To determine how RAI will impact the procedures that regulate the conduct of nuclear operations and how regulations and standards need to be re-interpreted and developed to enable efficient use of new tools.