NCNR has a truly international outlook with cross-disciplinary teams of researchers involved from renowned research organisations in the UK, USA and Asia, with track records to deliver high impact, world-leading robotics and AI research.


Professor Rustam Stolkin, Director of NCNR, University of Birmingham

Professor Stolkin has a strong track record of inclusive leadership of large international and national research projects and networks, as well as technology commercialisation and liaison with government. He is an international leader in developing advanced robotics for nuclear applications. As Royal Society Industry Fellow for Nuclear Robotics, he is embedded 50% in National Nuclear Lab Ltd (NNL). He leads the €6.8m H2020 Robotic Manipulation for Nuclear Sort and Segregation (RoMaNS) widely regarded as the largest consortium of robotics researchers to collaborate on nuclear problems, which is building NNL’s robotics infrastructure and capability. His team, via his spinout A.R.M Robotics Ltd, created the advanced vision and AI control system, which achieved the first ever deployment of an autonomous robot arm inside a radioactive environment (vision guided, AI-controlled robotic laser-cutting of radioactive metal inside a hot-cell at NNL Preston).


Professor Tom Scott, Co–Director of NCNR, University of Bristol

Professor Tom Scott is Co-Director of the South West Nuclear Hub, Director of the Interface Analysis Centre and a member of the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol. His research is based around ageing, corrosion and characterisation of radioactive materials in engineered and environmental systems, and has resulted in over 60 published papers and three patents. Professor Scott is the academic lead for the Sellafield UK Centre of Expertise for Uranium and Reactive Metals, as well as a Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in Actinide Metallurgy.

Active interests also include the geochemistry of iron and iron bearing minerals (PhD Specialisation) for the uptake and environmental remediation of heavy metals and radionuclides. This extends to a developed interest in the corrosion and microstructural ageing behaviour of structural materials (300 series steels) in reactor and storage environments. Research has been funded in association with the AWE, CERN, Sellafield and EDF Energy (HTC) with complementary funding from EPSRC, STFC, NERC, NATO, the Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering.

The team

Dr Naresh Marturi, University of BirminghamProfessor Bob Stone, University of Birmingham
Professor Arthur Richards, University of BristolDr Guido Herrmann, University of Bristol
Dr Rob Malkin, University of BristolDr Tom Richardson, University of Bristol
Professor Gerhard Neumann, University of LincolnProfessor Marc Hanheide, University of Lincoln
Dr Michael Mistry, University of Edinburgh
Professor Chris Melhuish, University of the West of England (UWE)
Professor Anthony Pipe, University of the West of England (UWE)Professor Manuel Giuliani, University of the West of England (UWE)
Professor Kasper Althoefer, Queen Mary University of LondonDr Lorenzo Jamone, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Jelizaveta Konstantinova, Queen Mary University of LondonChangjae Oh, Queen Mary University of London
Dr Miles Hansard, Queen Mary University of LondonProfessor Andrea Cavallaro, Queen Mary University of London
Professor Klaus McDonald-Maier University of EssexDr Shoaib Ehsan, University of Essex
Professor James Taylor, Lancaster UniversityDr Allahyar Montazeri, Lancaster University