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Robotics, Volume 8, Issue 2 (June 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The cover article concerns the development of computer systems for robots dealing with hazardous [...] Read more. The cover article concerns the development of computer systems for robots dealing with hazardous nuclear waste. The proposed system makes it easier to identify, grasp, and cut objects such as metal pipes. The current standard within nuclear decommissioning requires direct human-controlled remote tele-operation of robots, which is extremely difficult for the operators, particularly given the complexity of nuclear decommissioning tasks. Fully autonomous solutions are unlikely to be deemed safe in the near future; consequently, the article explores semi-autonomous solutions that sit between the two. The new system enables an operator to instruct the robot manipulator to perform a pipe grasp and cut action with just four mouse clicks. Further testing is required, and additional measures such as shielding would be necessary to prepare the system for radioactive environments. View this paper.