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TELEMAN Telerobotics Research Conference

The TELEMAN Telerobotics Research Conference took place on 1-5 July 1995 in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

Organized by the TELEMAN Programme of the European Commission and the Control Laboratory in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Delft...
The TELEMAN Telerobotics Research Conference took place on 1-5 July 1995 in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands.

Organized by the TELEMAN Programme of the European Commission and the Control Laboratory in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Delft (NL), the aim of the conference was to present the results of the TELEMAN projects on telerobotics and remote systems for hazardous and disordered nuclear environments. These projects have been running since 1990 and will come to a conclusion by the middle of 1996.

The conference took place in parallel with the TELEMAN-HCM EU Students Telerobotics Congress and a meeting of the European Robotics Network (ERNET) and attracted 140 participants, including industrial manufacturers, users, SME's, research centres and universities.

Five half-day workshop sessions focused on the main research integration projects bringing together developments from the first round of TELEMAN projects in pre-prototype machines for on-site testing in nuclear facilities, such as power stations and fuel re-processing plants, throughout Europe.

Special interest discussion sessions were organized within the workshops to encourage active participation by all of the delegates in their particular areas of expertise so that direct and detailed feedback could be given to the research project participants and the European Commission management, particularly with regard to the scope for exploitation of the results.

Delegates were able to see working demonstrations of prototypes from the projects, even though these will not be fully developed and tested until next year. Prototypes included a spider-like walking and climbing robot, a modular self-constructing long reach manipulator arm, a dextrous multi-fingered gripper incorporating artificial life reflexes, and several cooperating light-weight articulated inspection robots with advanced communications and sensor systems.
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