Researchers' New Best Friend? Robot Dog Gets To Work
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Wed 12th May 2021 | 07:20 PM
Bure, France, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th May, 2021 ) :Deep underground in eastern France, a four-legged bundle of energy named Scar steps gingerly through vast caverns, loaded with sensors for taking measures in places where humans might fear to tread.
On Tuesday, a team from the university tested out Scar's abilities at the Cigeo lab 500 metres (1,600 feet) below the village of Bure, slated to become a permanent home for thousands of tonnes of toxic waste from France's nuclear power plants.
At times the black-and-yellow robot was guided by remote control, but at times it could navigate on its own, opening up the possibility for researchers to programme autonomous tasks.
Scar can also enter and inspect areas that are hard to reach or could expose humans to radiation risks.
"We're now interested in developing artificial intelligence so it could be deployed for surveillance of deep geological storage," said Guillaume Hermand, an engineer with France's ANDRA nuclear waste management agency.
"Our underground lab is a unique and exceptional playground," he said.
Students at the university will work on advanced AI applications for Scar that will be tested at the lab.
It could also be deployed quickly in case of accidents where larger equipment would be impractical.
"We're at the early stages of a shift in how we work and organise tasks with the digital shift in industry," Ecole des Mines director Francois Rousseau said.