TOP > Reports of Activities > Keynote Speech at the IEEE SSRR 2023 by Naoaki Okuzumi, Senior Manager of Planning and Administration Department

Keynote Speech at the IEEE SSRR 2023 by Naoaki Okuzumi, Senior Manager of Planning and Administration Department(November 14, 2023)

The IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics (SSRR) 2023 was held at the J-village Fukushima from November 13 to 15, 2023 for three days. The IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest technical professional organization for electronics engineering and electrical engineering, and its office is located in the United State. The IEEE SSRR has been annually held since 2009 and mainly focused on development of robotic technology for corresponding to disaster. The J-village in Fukushima Prefecture, a venue of the IEEE SSRR 2023, was used as a front-line base to response for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station (NPS) accident.

On Day 2 of the symposium on November 14, 2023, Naoaki Okuzumi, Senior Manager of the Planning & Administration Department, the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID), delivered a keynote speech and gave a talk about an overview of IRID, current status of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS and challenges of research and development (R&D). Specifically, he focused on robots to investigate inside the primary containment vessel for retrieving fuel debris and development of robots for trial retrieval of fuel debris in the Fukushima Daiichi.

In the symposium, specialists who engage in research of disaster response robots participated from Japan and overseas. The keynote speech was attended by about thirty people including from the U.S., Germany, Denmark and Japan who listened to the speech with a keen interest. Providing the keynote speech was a valuable opportunity to introduce technological development related to decommissioning robot for the Fukushima Daiichi.

Furthermore, on Day 1 evening, a storyteller talk program was conducted for the symposium participants, aiming to talk about what happened in Fukushima by local people experienced the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi NPS accident. Additionally, the site visit to the Naraha Center for Remote Control Technology Development (NARREC,,) owned by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and the Fukushima Robot Test Field(,) was organized on Day 2 and 3.

IRID will continue to share the information on the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS.

*Please visit the site below for the detail of the IEEE SSRR.

  • Click [Photo] to enlarge an image.


  • IMG_0224

    Delivering a lecture by Naoaki Okuzumi

Reports of Activities