Sonification of Ionising Radiation Data for Robot Operators

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Deploying robots in extreme environments brings many hazards which an operator must avoid during teleoperation. In a nuclear setting, intensity of ionising radiation (alpha, beta, gamma, neutron) is not only important to monitor from a safety perspective, but also to protect robot systems which are susceptible to radiation induced damage. Therefore, robot operators must avoid ionising radiation whilst managing many other threats and information streams simultaneously. This work provides a non-visual method to communicate radiation dose rate, by imitating the clicking sound of a Geiger counter for the operator, using affordable and ubiquitous hardware. The operator is then free to use visual cues to monitor other important aspects. The system accurately emulates realistic clicks due to stochastic radioactive decay rather than use a steady repetitive tempo, with average rate of audio events governed by measured radiation dose rate on a remote robot. This system readily aids an operator to identify and avoid regions of elevated radiation intensity against background, and can be adopted by any ROS compatible robot platform.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Autonomous Robotic Systems
Subtitle of host publication24th Annual Conference, TAROS 2023, Cambridge, UK, September 13–15, 2023, Proceedings
EditorsFumiya Iida, Perla Maiolino, Arsen Abdulali, Mingfeng Wang
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer Cham
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783031433603
ISBN (Print)9783031433597
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


  • human-robot interaction
  • nuclear
  • ROS
  • robot operating system
  • teleoperation


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