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 to allow them to conduct their research in international environments.


The decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is currently one of the most challenging issues. To address this real-life challenge and operate successfully 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 the wisdom and experience of the world. In cooperation 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 has aimed to develop a closer relationship with the present partners step by step in order to finally establish a strong and wide educational network among them. The 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 

  • McMaster University, Canada
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), Italy
  • Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea
  • The University of Tennessee, USA



  • 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.