Guest Talk by Jae-Hee Kim on Research Overview of Nuclear Robot Laboratory of KAERI

Speaker: Dr. Jae-Hee Kim from the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI)
Title: Research Overview of Nuclear Robot Laboratory of KAERI
Date: Monday 2.7.2018 at 11:30
Location: DFKI, Saarbruecken Campus, Building D3 2,

Nuclear Robotics Laboratory (NRL) was established in the early 1990s at Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) for facilitating the operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants by utilizing robotic technology. Since its establishment, NRL has grown to be a national nuclear robotic laboratory engaging in a wide range of research and development activities. In the early stages of NRL’s research, it had concentrated on the maintenance work of the NPPs such as steam generator pipe cleaning, inspection and maintenance of reactor pressure vessels, etc. Since the Fukushima accident, the importance of safety and emergency preparedness of NPPs has been increasingly emphasized. Accordingly, the main scope of NRL’s research has gradually changed to an unmanned robotics system for emergency response. In this talk, NRL’s recent R&D activities on this system are briefly introduced.

Jae-Hee Kim was born in Kangneung, Korea. He received the B.S. and the M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Seoul National University (SNU), Seoul, Korea, in 1980, 1982, respectively. He has been working in the area of computer controlled system at Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) since 1983. In October 1992, he received the Ph. D. degree in Production Engineering from Korea Advanced Science and Technology (KAIST). His research interests include intelligent control for autonomous mobile robots, underwater robots working in hostile environments such as nuclear facilities and applications of artificial intelligence.
He has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his own fields of endeavor and contributed significantly to the betterment of contemporary society. Thus he received the award for “Scientist of the Month in January 2003” from NRF (National Research Foundation of Korea) in honor of his new technology for automatic inspection of the reactor vessel by using an underwater mobile robot based on laser guidance control. Dr. Kim is a member of the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers and Korean Society of Precision Engineering.