Enable Recite

Subscribe options

Select your newsletters:

Please enter your email address:

@

Your email address will only be used for the purpose of sending you the ITER Organization publication(s) that you have requested. ITER Organization will not transfer your email address or other personal data to any other party or use it for commercial purposes.

If you change your mind, you can easily unsubscribe by clicking the unsubscribe option at the bottom of an email you've received from ITER Organization.

For more information, see our Privacy policy.

News & Media

Latest ITER Newsline

  • Remembering Bernard Bigot, ITER Director-General 2015-2022

    On the ITER site, the machinery of construction was humming just like on any weekday. Workers were concentrating on their tasks, laying rebar for new buildings [...]

    Read more

  • Tokamak assembly | Preparing for the Big Lift

    The distance was short but the challenge daunting: on Thursday last week, the first section of the plasma chamber was lifted 50 centimetres above its suppor [...]

    Read more

  • Image of the week | 13th toroidal field coil arrives from Europe

    The toroidal field coil procurement effort has been one of the longest of the ITER program, initiated by Procurement Arrangements signed in 2007 and 2008. Manuf [...]

    Read more

  • Diagnostics | Final Procurement Arrangement signed

    ITER Diagnostics reached an important milestone in December 2021 when it concluded the last Procurement Arrangement of the diagnostics program. After signing a [...]

    Read more

  • On site | A quick visit to the Control Building

    Work is progressing on the ITER Control Building, ergonomically designed for the 60 to 80 operators, engineers and researchers who will call it home.  [...]

    Read more

Of Interest

See archived entries

ITER Robots—just like in real life!

They had left early—some of them very early—from different points of the Aix-Marseille region to be on time for the finals of the fourth ITER Robots competition. Organized by Agence Iter France and ITER Organization, in collaboration with the local representation of the French Ministry of National Education (Académie d'Aix-Marseille) and the CEA's magnetic fusion research institute (IRFM), the competition took place at the Lycée des Iscles in Manosque on Wednesday 20 May.

Months of preparation, imagination, trial-and-error, and hard work had forged their team spirit and the ten teams that had made it to the finals—five from junior high school and five from high school—were ready to compete.

''Our job is getting more and more difficult every year because the teams are performing better each time,'' commented ITER remote handling engineer and member of the jury Jean-Pierre Friconneau as he proclaimed the winners. (Click to view larger version...)
''Our job is getting more and more difficult every year because the teams are performing better each time,'' commented ITER remote handling engineer and member of the jury Jean-Pierre Friconneau as he proclaimed the winners.
The challenge, as in previous years, was based on the simulation of a real-life situation that will occur over the 20-year course of ITER operation: the removal by remote handling of selected blanket modules from the inner wall of the vacuum vessel, followed by transport of the modules to the nearby Hot Cell Facility. Each team had customized and programmed its Lego kit, passed preselection tests, and was now ready to face the jury and their peers.

Throughout the morning the teams were asked to perform trials of increasing complexity to demonstrate their capability to improvise and work under pressure.  "Just like in real life they learn to work toward an end result within a given deadline," said Alain Becoulet, director of IRFM.

To showcase how the different members of a team can work together for a single goal, each team had also prepared a small stand to "market" its robot to the world. "Creativity is not only how you engineer the final product but also how you sell it, just like in industry," as a member one of the teams says.

"Our job is getting more and more difficult every year because the teams are performing better each time," commented ITER remote handling engineer and member of the jury Jean-Pierre Friconneau as he proclaimed the winners in the high school (Lycée Antonin Artaud from Marseille) and junior high school (Collège Roger Carcassonne from Pélisanne) categories.

"Don't give up, persevere, and work, work, work, is my advice for next year's participants," said the leader of one of the winning teams, "But in the end, it's the teamwork that makes the difference."


A report of the ITER Robots competition can be viewed on French TV here (begins at 12'39").


return to the latest published articles