Parallel session D4

6th October 2022/ 14:30-16:00
Machuca room
(floor -2)

Increasingly, Big Science organisations have areas with challenging environments – due to hazardous materials, or various types of radioactivity & radiation, or environmental constraints (such as temperature, pressure, magnetic field, vacuum) or at inaccessible locations like in space. Operations hence require specialized remote handling (RH) / robotics interventions. Solutions developed for the science community may also help to solve challenges in other markets such as manipulation of very large components, decommissioning, space, power generation, mining etc. The technical area includes RH mechanics, system design & engineering, tooling design, operations planning, radiation tolerant components & systems, electronics, simulation, control and testing environments.


  • CERN – Roberto Rinaldesi, Engineer, Handling Equipment management, EN Department
  • ESO – Ronald Guzman, Group Head for Telescopes and Large structures
  • European XFEL – Joachim Schulz, Group Leader, Senior Scientist, Sample Environment and Characterization
  • FAIR – Christos Karagiannis, GSI engineering  
  • F4E – Carlo Damiani, Remote Handling Project Team Manager


  • Sylwia Wójtowicz – ILO for CERN, director of commercialization and development of WTP

  ALMA antenna (Photo: ESO)

Big Science organisations have areas with challenging environments, and therefore operations require specialized remote handling (RH) / robotics.