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Automation and robotics for raw material exploration and production 

Research and innovation in exploration and mining of raw materials is increasingly focused on the prospect of developing completely new methods and technologies to find and exploit new mineral deposits within Europe. Amongst these technologies, robotisation and miniaturization of exploration/production platforms (robotic autonomous explorers & miners) allow to reconsider “non-economical” deposits (abandoned, small, ultra-depth), extract them in a socially and environmentally responsible way, and produce useful metallurgical products which can be used further-on for manufacturing.

This session targets current research helping operation of an autonomous or semi-autonomous underground platform in mineral exploration or extraction. This is an extremely challenging task for which potential solutions will most likely be proposed from close collaboration of robotic engineers, mining engineers, mineralogists, geochemists, geophysicists and (structural) geologists. The challenges are very diverse and comprise for example locomotion techniques in water or slurries, localization and mapping in relationship to an orebody, automated ore following and extraction planning, optimization of extraction tools, and real-time selective mineralogy.

Co-organized by
Convener: Claudio Rossi | Co-conveners: Christian Burlet, Eva Hartai, Giorgia StasiECSECS