Engineers have created a robot for dismantling waste nuclear reactors

Decommissioning a nuclear reactor is a long and expensive job requiring very high

qualifications. In addition, it is an activity that must be carried out in a highly radioactive environment contaminated by all levels of nuclear waste.

To solve this problem and reduce the risk of milkingpeople's health, the researchers developed a robot that can capture and cut objects with several manipulators — for example, reactor rods or pipes — using special image processing software and the Microsoft Kinect camera, and the operator will not have to control his every movement.

The system allows the operator to give commands to the robotto capture or cut an object with four mouse clicks. Testing showed that the operators using our development did the work faster and were less tired than those using the standard joystick controlled system. Our development allows you to more effectively control the robot and significantly reduces the burden on the operator.

James Taylor, lead author

Previously, Massachusetts engineersInstitute of Technology (MIT) have developed an algorithm that will allow robots to predict the direction of human movement. This will simplify the collaboration of robots and humans in the future.