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March 10, 2015 | RB3D shortlisted among international candidates for Singapore government contract bid

Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs issued a pioneering invitation to tender in a move to equip its fire and rescue workers with exoskeletons to aid in heavy lifting. CEA LIST spinoff RB3D, which designs innovative collaborative robotics, was among three bidders shortlisted for the contract.

rb3d singapour 500Hercule, Europe’s first exoskeleton, was born in 2009, the fruit of a French-government-funded R&D program uniting CEA LIST and RB3D. The exoskeleton operates extremely smoothly and offers excellent energy yield (4 hours of operation at 5 kph), thanks to its reversible cable actuators and ARM Cortex-8 processor for real-time movement control.

The ongoing partnership between CEA LIST and RB3D has resulted in the development of several lower-limb demonstrators designed to help operators carry heavy loads in industrial and military settings. RB3D’s solutions are some of the most advanced in the world in terms of technology. For users, this means cobots that adapt to their environment and adjust to different situations to provide maximum ergonomics. The technology is so flexible, in fact, that the Hercule exoskeleton can be adapted to provide each operator with specific features to meet his or her needs.

In the final phase of the bidding process, RB3D went to Singapore in late February to show decision makers in person what Hercule can do. The exoskeleton for Singapore’s fire and rescue workers must be able to withstand the extreme conditions firefighters encounter inside burning buildings and climb around ten stories.

Download press release (french)

RB3D web site


March 5, 2015 | Release of the 2015 Mini Table of radionuclides

This table is a practical, everyday tool for all working with radionuclides. It covers all scientific and technical fields, such as medicine, research and industry.

MiniTable 2015 Couv big 250The Mini Table of radionuclides has been designed as a tool to allow the rapid identification and validation of the main features of the most commonly used radionuclides (about 300) that are encountered in the medical environment, industry, nuclear power sector, waste management, etc.

Presented in the form of a pocket guide, the fundamental characteristics for each radionuclide are given:

  • The half-life;
  • The main decay modes;
  • The main emissions characterized in terms of energy and intensity.

For further details, reference is made to the published evaluated data tables.

The Laboratoire National Henri Becquerel (LNHB), part of the CEA, has been designated by the Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d’Essais (LNE) as a national metrology laboratory for ionizing radiation: it provides national reference standards for measuring radioactivity (unit:becquerel) and dosimetry of photons and charged-particles (unit: gray). The LNHB has been publishing evaluated Data Tables describing radioactive decay for many years.

February 9, 2015 | Results of France’s first national collaborative robotics competition

France’s first-ever national interactive robotics competition, held on February 5, was by all accounts a success. The event was organized by the DGE (the French government’s Directorate General for Enterprise) and the CEA and was held at the CEA’s Nano-INNOV center. Two CEA LIST start-ups, Haption and RB3D, took home prizes.

Lauréats concours national robotique collaborative

In all, four winners came away with a total of €185,000 in prize money:

  • Innovation Award: Percipio for its Chronogrip compact micro-assembly cobot.
  • Integration Award: a consortium consisting of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR), a multidisciplinary research laboratory of Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Endocontrol, Institut Mutualiste Montsouris, and Haption for their JAiMY robotic instrument for minimally-invasive surgery.
  • Jury’s Pick: Naio Technologies for its Oz mechanical weeding assistance robot for farmers.
  • Video Award: PSA Peugeot Citroën for its crankcase deburring assistance unit with assistance cobot and collaborative robot.

Runner-up prizes were given to:

  • BALYO, for its automatic handling cart.
  • NEODITECH, for its Scara robotic arm.
  • RB3D, for version 3 of its Hercule exoskeleton.

Learn more:

Download press kit

National interactive robotics competition web site:


February 4, 2015 | French Secretary of State for European Affairs and UK Minister for Europe tour CEA

Harlem Désir, France’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, and David Lidington, the UK’s Minister for Europe, toured the Saclay campus on Wednesday, February 4 to gather insights into growth, jobs, and innovation.
The tour included a stop at the Nano-Innov integration center for a closer look at how the CEA is driving innovation. Daniel Verwaerde, the CEA’s Chief Administrator, hosted Messrs. Désir and Lidington during their visit to the campus.

Harlem Désir visite le showroom du CEA LIST

The tour provided an opportunity to learn more about the CEA’s position in the Paris-Saclay ecosystem, the organization’s missions and strengths in technological and industrial innovation, and the CEA’s role spearheading technology research in Europe under the EU Horizon 2020 program.

CEA LIST created several demonstrators to show the institute’s effectiveness transferring technology to industry and spurring the creation of new businesses.

Karine Gosse, CEA LIST Director, showed Messrs. Désir and Lidington the Terman TAO robot, developed for nuclear decommissioning purposes in partnership with Getinge-La Calhène. They also watched a demonstration of the Hercule load-carrying-assistance exoskeleton developed in partnership with RB3D.

Finally, the founders of startups M2M (non-destructive testing)  Diotasoft (augmented reality), and WiN MS (cabling diagnostics) talked about their valuable relationships with the CEA. The entrepreneurs each paired up with a CEA LIST research scientist to present the technical solutions their companies are now commercializing.


January 14, 2015 | Paris Saclay RIF Launch

As part of the European ECHORD ++ project CEA LIST offers SMEs and institutions, a set of robots and how to use them. These robots are available in the RIF Paris Saclay (Robotics Innovation Facilities). They are available to stimulate the emergence of new ideas related to robotics and to bridge the gap between research and industry. The objectives of this RIF are:


  • For SMEs, to facilitate access to robotic technology to test new equipment (for instance actuators, sensors) or software to evaluate or compare the performance of robots, to estimate the opportunities offered by robotics for particular applications. To achieve this goal, the principle of the RIF is to host short experiences related to robotics (from a few days up to 6 weeks). 
  • For users or future users (teacher, school, students) to take explore the potential of robotics

To achieve this goal the Paris Saclay RIF offers easy access to its robotic platforms and associated services.

Three RIF are being implemented:

  • Bristol Robotics Lab in the UK
  • at the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Peccioli , Italy
  • CEA LIST, at Paris-Saclay in France

During this information day, the ECHORD++ project and the RIF were presented:

Welcome - Christophe Leroux

CEA activities in Robotics - Yann Perrot

Echord++ - Reinhard Lafrenz

Experimentations - Annagiulia Morachioli

Public end-user Driven Technological Innovation - Ana Maria Puig Pey Claveria

Introduction to RIFs - Pascale Betinelli

RIF@Bristol - Farid Dailami

RIF@Pise - Annagiulia Morachioli

RIF@Paris-Saclay -  Pascale Betinelli

Next steps for the RIF@paris-saclay - Christophe Leroux

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