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Prof. Yvan Baudoin, EKC.

  • Professor Emeritus Yvan Baudoin is the former Head of the department of Mechanical Engineering and former Executive Director of the Unmanned Vehicle Centre (http://mecatron.rma.ac.be) at the Belgian Royal Military Academy (RMA)
  • Yvan has an extensive experience in coordinating large consortia at the international level such as the IARP working groups HU(manitarian)DEM(ining) (22 partners), RI(sky)S(urveillance)E(nvironment) (18 partners), the NATO/STO/ TG 175 focusing on intelligent assistance for autonomous vehicles (23 partners).
  • He coordinated a EUREKA project (E!3517 – Towards a European Network of Environmental Engineering Sciences and Techniques) in which 164 SMEs and Academic Institutions from across Europe participated).
  • He was also Co-Coordinator of the FP7-TIRAMISU (www.fp7-tiramisu.eu) project and Liaison Officer in the FP6 View-Finder project (more than 32 Fire-Fighting/Civil Protection Services in Europe).
  • He has been nominated as vice-chair of the IMEKO TC17 (October 2018)

Organization of the E-RKC

The objectives of our Community are to help identify and counter explosive threats in a timely manner by the development of a European Explosive Knowledge Centre (EKC) that is open to Public and Private Security Stake-Holders, informed and used by Operators (Practitioners), and that prioritises the industrial development of the most appropriate Counter-Hazardous Explosive tools and procedures.

These objectives will be achieved by

  • analysing the current threats, surveying promising technologies for surveillance and intervention; analysing the TRL of technologies from precursor projects;
  • proposing common procedures, standards and certification of Explosive Hazard detection and neutralisation tools;
  • developing guidance documents, manuals or recommendations; and
  • providing a comprehensive toolbox of training tools related to the identification and treatment of HE threats.

Through a ‘Research and Innovation Action’ proposed by the European DG HOME/SECURITY, our Community also aim to achieve innovation in detection techniques on explosives to counter an explosive threat across the timeline of a plot, by team up top current technologies and their best combinations, categorise, authenticate and test them

The automation techniques and the Mobile Robotics Systems (unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), Aerial Vehicles (UAV or Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems RPAS or drones), Sea and Under-sea Vehicles (USV, UUV) are more and more implemented during CBRN-E interventions. The Robotics may impact the Emergency evaluation , the Emergency management, the Incident/Hazard mitigation and the Victim Care CBRNE response activities. The robots have been deployed in Humanitarian Demining (read www.fp7-tiramisu.eu), in Search and rescue operations (www.fp7-icarus.eu), during natural disasters (Fukushima in Japan) and they have facilitated the response planning, they have removed human operators from dangerous toxic situations, they have helped the Forensic needs.

The International CBRNE Institute has now decided to integrate the robotized CBRN-E interventions, a modern evolution, by extending the EKC (Explosive Knowledge Centre) to a renovated E-RKC (Explosive and Robotics Knowledge Centre), linking the activities of the ICI to the objectives of the IMEKO Technical committee TC 17 (www.imeko.org).

The E-RKC vision will be materialised via respective Task Forces (TF) as follows:


  • Continuously improve technologies through an exchange of R&D results
  • among the scientific community and through adequate interdisciplinary technology transfer
  • Share expertise and particularly research through dedicated workshops, in close cooperation with the above mentioned Centres and other stakeholders
  • Monitor the developed tools and prepare their validation and their wider implementation


  • Promote EU-and worldwide  standards of relevant counter explosive hazards (C-EH)and robotics  technologies, tests and evaluations of  equipment
  • Maintain a dedicated area of permanent lab-space for baseline testing of performance and suggest appropriate test areas for field testing, such as the CID or/and the C-IED COE in Spain, the HCR-CTRO test facilities in Croatia, the ICI facilities in Belgium, the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy, etc.
  • Suggest and validate new / improved testing procedures, in cooperation with ICI, GICHD, NATO, the The ICI, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the IMEKO TCs (www.imeko.org)  and others
  • Pursue (or propose/extend) new CEN workshop agreements initiated by the FP7 Projects or initiated under the current Horizon 2020 projects


  • Develop Survey (prediction, prevention, detection) e-Tutor
  • Offer advanced multinational e-C-EH and robotics courses and C-EH /Robotics training
  • Provide risk-education tools for C-EH practitioners in close cooperation with NASK (Poland)


  • Support comprehensive and integrated use of Information Management Systems (IMS) as requested by end users
  • Develop synergies between all above-mentioned centres focusing on counter explosive hazards and/or robotics  in view of the systems and security challenges of our Societies
  • Participate in analysis of control and measurement requirements in cooperation with IMEKO TCs

Propose  CBRNE-related workshop/Robotics conferences or Projects

If you would like E R KC to organize a tailored conference or workshop or a specific training , please contact us!

Express of Interest

E-RKC is interested to organize a workshop that will bring togetherFirst Responders andScientists.  If interested, please contact us!

E-RKC is interested to promote (implement) “C-EH Tools and CBRN-E Tools” that will explore ergonomic and economic solutions in the area of detection, neutralisation, management of Hazardous Explosives threats and/or Risky environments. If interested to join this effort, please contact us!