Monday, October 28, 2013 - 08:15
diagram of an experiment showing a robotic arm and an oven in a glovebox

On Tuesday, July 23rd, Josh Williams successfully defended his doctoral disseration, "Automated conceptual design of manufacturing workcells in radioactive environments." Designing automation systems for handling special nuclear materials is incredibly challenging giving the broad range of requirements that must be met. This often leads to design-by-committee which - if successful - rarely leads to designs that best meet performance objectives. Josh developed a Knowledge-Based System (KBS), performance criteria, and methods to generate feasible design solutions for validation. The proposed system was validated on multiple systems under consideration at Los Alamos National Labs.