The TechNeeds Seminars are a collaboration between the Applied Research Center of Florida International University and WM Symposia. Each seminar focuses on the current research and development needs for a rapidly emerging technology.
On May 3 and 4, development managers from government and industry will meet for a two-day seminar to discuss the state of technology for robotics and sensing in a radiation environment. The product of the seminar will be a list of the technology needs as seen by those at the forefront of this field.
Robotics is occupying a vital role in the decommissioning and remediation of nuclear facilities throughout the world. The needs and results have occupied global news as devices were able to enter Fukushima Unit 2 and measure dose rate at 530 sieverts per hour.
The seminar will be held at the Florida International University - Modesto Maidique Campus, Miami, Florida.
Mr. Rodrigo Rimando, Director Office of Technology Development, DOE EM
Dr. Gloria Kwong, Deputy Head of Division, Radioactive Waste Management, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
Dr. Joshua Mehling, Technical Discipline Lead, Robotic Systems Technology Branch / ER4, NASA / Johnson Space Center
Dr. Taskin Padir, Associate Professor, Northeastern University/ Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles Research Laboratory
Mr. Doug Kautz, Group Leader, Los Alamos National Lab
Dr. Dwayne McDaniel, Principal Scientist, FIU’s Applied Research Center
Dr. Mitch Pryor, Research Scientist, University of Texas - Austin
Dr. David Handelman, Senior Roboticist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Mr. Jake Deuel, Manager, Sandia National Lab
Dr. Troy Harden, Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Lab
Dr. Robin Murphy, Center for Robot - Assisted Search and Rescue, Texas A&M University
Dr. SS Iyengar, Dean, Director / Ryder Professor, Florida International University
Dr. Young Soo Park, Principal Mechanical Engineer, Argonne National Lab
Dr. Peter Neuhaus, Senior Research Scientist, Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Dr. Erik Engeberg, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Dr. Muthu Wijesundara, Principal Research Scientist/Head, Biomedical Technology Division, University of Texas - Arlington
Mr. Marty Reibold, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Fluor-BWXT|Portsmouth
Mr. David Cislo, Manager, AREVA
Mr. Sam Maggio, President, International Climbing Machines
Mr. Michael Serrato, Manager, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
The Energy Technology and Environmental Business Association (ETEBA)