Novel sensors and robotic sensor delivery systems

Lead academic: Professor Kasper Althoefer and Professor Tom Scott
Partner lead: Queen Mary University of London, University of Bristol

Work package four develops low-cost and resilient robotics sensors – tactile, force/torque and proximity, as well as sensors for detecting different types and intensities of radiation and containments. Novel approaches are needed to make such sensors small and lightweight to enable robotic deployment. Additionally, novel sensor delivery robots are needed to access difficult spaces (internal inspection of contaminated pipework, penetrating high-dose environments via small apertures, or accessing high regions in tall cells). WP4 is central to the Hub’s activities with multiple sensing modalities feeding into WP5 (perception), WP6 (mobility and navigation), WP7 (grasping and manipulation), WP1 -3 (testing/enhancing sensor resilience), and WP8-9 (informing humans about environments).

Novel radiation sensors, University of Bristol
Pipe-crawler sensor deployments, University of Bristol
Novel radiation sensors, University of Bristol
Novel opto-mechanical robotics sensors (force, torque, tactile), developed by Queen Mary University of London (Althoefer), can be used in radioactive environments where conventional electronic sensors would fail.