The NEST ARTERD Project, led by JAEA/CLADS and the University of Tokyo, has been dedicated to advanced remote technology for decommissioning under intense gamma-ray radiation environments (e.g. robotics, virtual reality).
The NEST ARTERD Project also addresses other technologies such as radiation hardness and smartness, radiation imaging, advanced radiation measurement and remote spectroscopic analysis, in order to grasp working environments of decommissioning.
The NEST ARTERD Project has accepted foreign young researchers (graduate students, research students of graduate school, postdocs or young professionals) as research fellows (the NEST Fellows) to Japanese organisations in order to provide them with state-of-the-art science and technologies through research activities. In addition, the NEST ARTERD Project invites young Japanese researchers to become NEST Fellows and conduct their research in oversea partner organisations.
The decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is currently one of the most challenging issues. To address this challenge and ensure successful decommissioning operations in intense γ-ray irradiation environments, relying on advanced remote technology is crucial.
The University of Tokyo has taken the lead in this area, and CLADS/JAEA has functioned as the international base of research development and human resource development for collecting information and experience from around the world. In co-operation with the University of Tokyo, CLADS/JAEA has joined the NEST framework to contribute to the NEST activities with international human resource development.
The NEST ARTERD Project aims to develop a closer relationship with present partners in order to establish a strong and wide educational network. The exchange of young researchers between Japanese organisations and oversea partners can help its development.
The short presentation of the NEST Fellows can be found here.