The Safety Case Working Group

Safety has to be a fundamental priority when working with nuclear materials.

The nuclear safety case is a complex but essential document, similar to an extensive risk assessment. A thorough assessment must be completed before new equipment can be used on site. In the past, regulators and concerns about safety have been seen as a barrier to the use of robotics and AI in the nuclear industry. We have been working hard to engage the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), as well as nuclear sites and the supply chain, to address these barriers.

We are working with the ONR to develop guidelines on the use of robotic technology in the nuclear industry. We also run workshops relevant to the nuclear community.

Key Outputs

  • Working with the ONR to develop guidelines on the use of robotic technology in the nuclear industry.
  • In collaboration with the ONR, we have hosted a number of workshops including ‘Future of Nuclear Robotics Safety Cases’ and ‘Scoping Certifiable Autonomous Nuclear Robotics’.
  • We ran the ‘Certifiable autonomous robotics and Al’ seminar at the ‘Delivering change through the use of robotics at Sellafield’ event in Cumbria.

Future Progress

Continue to develop guidance with the ONR and run workshops relevant to the nuclear industry.

RAIN researchers are going to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to work with them on developing standard verification approaches for autonomous systems.

RAIN Webinar 30th April 2020: Safety Case

The University of Liverpool Autonomy and Verification Laboratory hosted this week’s session.

00:00 Michael Fisher: What is Verification and Validation?

14:40 Rafael Cardoso: Integrating Verifiable Agents in ROS.

34:40 Fabio Pappachini: Processing and Verification of Information Streams.