• May 17, 2022

Preconference Workshop – Control, Estimation and Modelling Practice for Robotic Applications in Challenging Environments

Preconference Workshop – Control, Estimation and Modelling Practice for Robotic Applications in Challenging Environments

Preconference Workshop – Control, Estimation and Modelling Practice for Robotic Applications in Challenging Environments 1024 678 Mathew

RACE and University of Manchester are organising an international workshop focusing on Control, Estimation and Modelling Practice for Robotic Applications in Challenging Environments at the European Control Conference 2022 (ECC22). This hybrid workshop will run for a full day on 12th July 2022 at Imperial College, London, the UK.   

The workshop welcomes attendees, including researchers and industrial representatives at all career stages, interested in the relevant application fields. We look forward to discussing with you about control technologies for future systems in extreme environments at the workshop. 

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Abstract 

Robotic systems have been considered as adequate solutions for various challenging applications, e.g., manipulation in space, investigations of oceans, decommissioning of nuclear facilities, remote maintenance of fusion reactors, etc. In contrast to common robotic applications, robotic systems need to be specifically developed to tackle different specific practical issues caused by challenging environments. These challenging environments will significantly limit the choice of actuating mechanisms, the availability of sensing information and so on. Also, the environmental factors, such as radiation flux, extreme thermo-changes, etc., will strongly impact the system’s dynamics and, therefore, the control performance. Thus, it is necessary to develop advanced control algorithms, estimation methods and efficient modelling approaches, motivated for tackling various practical issues.   

This workshop focuses on the control, estimation, and modelling techniques developed for practical robotic applications in challenging environments. The workshop hosts expert speakers from various reputed institutions in Germany, Italy, France and the UK, leading the associated research fields across Europe. The talks will give a glance into solutions for practical control problems about remote operations in nuclear-fusion engineering, robotics for nuclear-decommissioning, motion-control of orbital space robots, underwater localisation of marine robots, and aero-vehicles in extreme weather.  

The workshop welcomes attendees, including researchers and industrial representatives, interested in the relevant application fields. The workshop will allow control experts to disseminate their special experience in resolving real-world challenges. Thus, connections and collaborations can be established between researchers and practicing engineers to solve forthcoming and future challenges in deploying robotics under extreme environments, via advanced control techniques. 

Programme  

09.00-09.30  Registration begins 
09.30-09.45  Workshop opening 
09.45-10.30  Plenary session 1 
Talk 1 – Intervention Robots for Complex, Hazardous and Challenging Environments 

        Prof Darwin G. Caldwell 

        Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy 

10.30 – 11.00    Coffee break 
11.00-12.30  Session 2 – Control, Modelling and Estimation in Nuclear Sector 
Talk 2.1 – Modelling of Large-scale Robotic Systems for Remote Maintenance of Fusion Power Plants 

        Dr Roger Powell 

        UK Atomic Energy Authority, UK 

Talk 2.2 – Model Based Strategy for Grasp Synthesis in Nuclear Decommissioning Task 

        Dr Alessandro Altobelli 

        Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy 

Talk 2.3 – ICON+: On wireless control communication in the nuclear sector 

        Prof Guido Herrmann 

        University of Manchester, UK 

12.30 – 13.30   Lunch break 
13.30 – 14.30  Session 2 – Control, Estimation and Modelling for Space Robots 
Talk 2.1 – Orbital Missions: Modelling and Controlling a Space Robot  

        Prof Mini C. Rai  

        University of Lincoln, UK 

Talk 2.2 – Robotic manipulation in and from space: challenges and perspectives 

        Dr. Maximo A. Roa 

        German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany 

14.30-15.30  Session 3 – Control, Estimation and Modelling for Unmanned Vehicles in Extremes 
Talk 3.1 – Estimation and navigation of marine robots in underwater exploration applications 

        Prof Luc Jaulin  

        National Institute of Advanced Technologies of Brittany (ENSTA Bretagne, France)

Talk 3.2 – Fault tolerant control of UAV for applications in challenging environments 

        Dr Halim Alwi 

        University of Exeter, UK 

15.30 – end    Open discussions and Coffee break  

Registration 

Workshops will be held in a hybrid format, both at the conference venue and online (in live streaming), on the 12th of July 2022, the day before the official opening of the conference. Advanced registration for pre-conference workshops can be done online via the conference registration system. Please note that workshops are: (a) subject to cancellation for lack of registrants, and (b) allow a maximum number of in-person participants. 

Main conference registration is a prerequisite for registering at an ECC workshop. 

Important: please note that you can register for only 1 workshop because all workshops take place simultaneously. Recordings of workshops will not normally be made. 

The cost of attending a pre-conference workshop is listed below. 

Workshop registration category  Requires in-person conference registration  Fee (USD) 
Full In-person  yes  120$ 
Student/Retiree In-person  yes  60$ 
Full virtual (live streaming)    60$ 
Student/Retiree virtual (live streaming)    30$ 

Speakers 

Prof Darwin G. Caldwell 

Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy 

Dr Roger Powell 

UK Atomic Energy Authority, UK 

Dr Alessandro Altobelli 

Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Italy 

Prof Guido Herrmann 

University of Manchester, UK 

Prof Mini C. Rai 

University of Lincoln, UK 

Dr. Maximo A. Roa 

German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany 

Prof Luc Jaulin  

National Institute of Advanced Technologies of Brittany (ENSTA Bretagne), France 

Dr Halim Alwi 

University of Exeter, UK 

Contacts 

Kaiqiang Zhang (UK Atomic Energy Authority) kaiqiang.zhang@ukaea.uk 

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