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1st  International Workshop

Telerobotics and Systems Engineering for Scientific Facilities

4th of October, 2012

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, ETSII-Automática
C/. José Gutierrez Abascal, 2. 28006,
 Madrid , Spain

Workshop Scope and Publication

This workshop is focused on promoting telerobotics technologies and its integration with system engineering. This integration is particularly relevant in scientific facilities such as CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), GSI-FAIR (Facility for Antiproton and Ion Research), JET (Joint European Torus) or ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), where the complexity of components require analyzing how telerobotics interact with the whole system.

The main objective is to show the current state of the art of telerobotics and discuss the main challenges in the application of telerobotics in scientific facilities, where methods of system engineering become the most suitable way in integrating robotics in order to manage the facilities properly. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Telerobotics for scientific facilities
  • Telerobotics technologies
  • Irradiated accelerators
  • Nuclear fusion
  • Systems engineering
  • Project life cycle


A selection of the best papers introduced during the workshop will be published as a special issue on the International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems.
Main dates for this publication are

-          End September 2012: deadline for sending a 1-2 page extended abstract

-          End December 2012: deadline for submit the full paper


Charges related to publishing the papers to this special issue are covered by organizers if they are introduced as a poster or oral session at the workshop.

Workshop Program

9:00 - 10:30. First session: Examples of Remote Handling in irradiated facilities

Chair: Manuel Ferre from UPM

Welcome and opening remarks by JouniMattila from TUT

“Introduction about Puresafe and GOT-RH programs”, by JouniMattila,Tampere University of Technology (Finland). 

 “Remote inspection, measurement and handling applied to maintenance and operation at CERN”, by Keith Kershaw from CERN (Switzerland) 

“Experience about remote handling from JET and future applications to ITER”, by Alan C. Rolfe from Oxford Technologies Ltd. (UK).

"An Overview of fusion related RH Activities in CIEMAT", by Ivan Fernandez from National Laboratory of Magnetic Confinement Fusion, Association EUROTOM-CIEMAT

Coffee break


11:00 - 12:30. Second session: Systems engineering and project life cycle from the point of view of Remote Handeling

Chair: Jouni Mattila from TUT

“Systems Engineering Issues in Facilities subject to Ionizing Radiations”, by Pierre Bonnal, from CERN (Switzerland)  

Overview of the EU contribution to the ITER Remote Maintenance System”, by Carlo Damiani, from Fusion for Energy (European Union’s Joint Undertaking for ITER, Spain).

“Issues related to radiations during ITER remote maintenance", by Marco Van Uffelen, from Fusion for Energy (European Union’s Joint Undertaking for ITER, Spain).


13:30 - 15:00. Poster session by Puresafe & GOT-RH ESRs and other externals

Chair: Manuel Ferre from UPM

Coffee break

15:30  - 17:30. Third session: Robotics technologies

Chair: Jouni Mattila from TUT

"Automatic and remote non-destructive inspections in nuclear and aeronautical fields" by Diego Molpeceres and Maite Aguado from TECNATOM (Spain).

"Telerobotics enabling on-orbit servicing - A DLR perspective” by Jordi Artigas from German Aerospace Center (DLR, Germany) and IEEE TC on Telerobotics.

“Bilateral control architecture considerations for nuclear fusion facilities” by Manuel Ferre, from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain).

17:30 - 18:00 Closing ceremony 


Copy of the formats are also available on the Meltewater Drive.

Poster format: ppt format
Presentation format: ppt format, pptx format
2 page extended abstract: Instructions, format 

Organizers of the Workshop Program

Manuel Ferre1 and Jouni Mattila2

1 Centre for Automation and Robotics UPM-CSIC, Madrid, Spain.

2 Tampere University of Technology, Finland.