27 September – 1 October 2021

2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)

Workshop on Standardised Software Frameworks for Robotics in Nuclear – Call for papers


Key Dates:

25 June 2021Deadline for submission of abstracts
1 September 2021Deadline for pre-recorded videos and presentations upload
27 September 2021Workshop on Standardised Software Frameworks for Robotics in Nuclear

The objectives of this workshop will include:

  1. Raise awareness on the challenges faced in nuclear robotics operations
  2. Share latest developments in software frameworks for nuclear and robotics applications
  3. Share latest academic developments in emerging fields which may be of benefit
  4. Facilitate an open dialog between industry and academia to help increasing cross-pollinating interaction
  5. Attract academics to work on real world challenges

Submissions to contribute to the workshop should be made through
the PaperPlaza system



Topics of interest





Autonomous and semi-autonomous robotics

Adjacent applications areas including:


Robots are increasingly being looked to as potential solutions to help address challenges within the nuclear industry in terms of clean-up of accident sites, decommissioning of legacy facilities, and maintenance of future fusion power plants and scientific experiments. This is, however, not the intended use of the majority of existing industrial devices and hence there is a significant gap between commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) robotics and the requirement. Frequently, these operations last for several decades, in which the requirements evolve significantly leading to requirements for reconfiguration and modifications and hence significant costs.

A number of initiatives are being actively investigated in order to bring together software frameworks, standards, and architectures that are designed from the outset to promote flexible, modular, future-proof deployment of robotic devices and systems in order to reduce these through-life costs. There are, however, many outstanding challenges.

This workshop aims to raise awareness on the challenges faced in adoption of robotics within the nuclear industry, as well as introducing some of the technologies in use or under active development, as well as to bring together key academics working on robotics, software frameworks, and adjacent issues, to help solving some of the outstanding challenges together.

This workshop provides a unique opportunity to facilitate cross-pollinating interaction with individuals from the broader fields of robotics and software engineering research, as well as international nuclear organisations like RACE, TEPCO, ITER, DEMO, etc.

For more information about the IROS event visit www.iros2021.org