NEST Advanced remote technology and robotics for decommissioning (ARTERD)

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 and so on which should have close cooperation with Advanced Remote Technology 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 organizations in order to provide them with state-of-the art science and technologies through research activities. In addition to that, The NEST ARTERD Project will send Japanese young researchers as the NEST Fellow to oversea partners’ organizations in order to give them an opportunity to do their research under international environments.


The decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is one of the most  challenging issues in the real world. In order to accomplish this issue safely and surely, the establishment of advanced remote technology and technologies concerned is essential because the decommissioning has to be done under intense γ-ray irradiation environments.

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 the wisdom and experience of the world. In cooperation with the University of Tokyo, CLADS/JAEA has joined the NEST framework in order to contribute toward the NEST activities with international human resource development.


The NEST ARTERD Project has aimed to develop closer relationship with the present partners step by step in order to finally establish the strong and wide educational network among them. Coming and going of young researchers between Japanese organizations and oversea partners can help its development.

Leading organisations

  • JAEA/CLADS, Japan
  • The University of Tokyo, Japan

Participating organisations 

  • The University of Tennessee, USA
  • The University of California, Berkley, USA
  • McMaster University, Canada
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
  • The University of Manchester, UK (non-NEST Member)
  • The University of Bristol, UK (non-NEST Member)



  • Thomas Frederick Wright, University of Manchester, UK
  • Inmo Jang, University of Manchester, UK
  • Rodosthenis Charalampous, University of Manchester, UK
  • Stella Marie Arlette Adrienne Tournier, University of Manchester, UK
  • David Andrew Megson-Smith, University of Bristol, UK

The short presentation of the NEST Fellows can be found here.