The University of Birmingham is leading a consortium of eight universities, with £42m of new investment, to establish the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR).

The National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) is developing state-of-the-art robotics, sensing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies for nuclear industry applications.

The NCNR’s funding includes a major grant from the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, which has recently invested £93m in robotics and AI for extreme environments.

Robots will be an essential element in the design of new-build reactors. The nuclear industry is increasingly keen to embrace advanced robotics technologies, to make complex operations, in hazardous environments, safer, faster and cheaper.

Professor Rustam Stolkin, NCNR Director and Royal Society Industry Fellow for Nuclear Robotics, said:

“The University of Birmingham, our academic and industry collaborators, and our international partners are delighted to receive this funding. We very much regard this as a beginning - the start of establishing the UK as a world leading centre of excellence for nuclear robotics.”

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