Presentations, Posters and Papers

Here you can access the Nuclear Forensic Search Project's presentations, posters and papers.

IASSIST Conference

The Nuclear Forensic Search Project team presented a poster at the IASSIST 2012 Conference, June 4-8, 2012 in Washington, DC.

This year's conference theme was Data Science for a Connected World: Unlocking and Harnessing the Power of Information. The theme reflects the growing desire of research communities, government agencies and other organizations to build connections and benefit from the better use of data through practicing good management, dissemination and preservation techniques.

The theme is intended to stimulate discussions on building connections across all scholarly disciplines, governments, organizations, and individuals who are engaged in working with data. IASSIST as a professional organization has a long history of bringing together those who provide information technology and data services to support research and teaching in the social sciences.

Poster-Presentation: Database Heterogeneity in a Scientific Application

ARI Grantees Conference

The Nuclear Forensic Search Project team presented at the DNDO-NSF ARI Grantees Conference, July 23-25, 2012 in Leesburg, VA.

The ARI is a joint Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and National Science Foundation (NSF) program seeking novel cross-cutting research that will enable the nation's ability to prevent and respond to nuclear or radiological threats. This continuing program intends to expand its scope this year to include research in response and recovery from nuclear or radiological attack, with emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches. This year's solicitation topics will encompass two broad areas. First are investigations in new technologies, concepts or approaches to enhance the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture (GNDA) that in turn will lead to improved capabilities for the detection and interdiction of nuclear or radiological threat materials or devices. Second are investigations to aid in the effective response and recovery from nuclear or radiological events at the local, state and Federal level, to include investigations in nuclear forensics. Primary objectives of ARI include advancing fundamental knowledge in the above areas and developing intellectual capacity in fields relevant to long-term advances in these areas.

Oral Presentation: ARI Presentation
Student Poster: Nuclear Forensics as a Digital Library Search Problem

UC Berkeley Nuclear Engineering Department Colloquium

Frederic Gey of the Nuclear Forensic Search Project will give a talk at the Nuclear Engineering Department Colloquium, August 27, 2012 at University of California, Berkeley. The colloqium is open to the public. It will be located in 3105 Etcheverry Hall and begins at 4pm. The talk will be accessible online afterwards as a webcast.

This talk will describe our project, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office's Academic Research Initiative. After historical background on nuclear forensics, we will focus on three approaches to identification of sources of interdicted nuclear material -- matching based upon properties of isotopes and isotope ratio measurements, exclusion based upon machine learning to identify nuclear spent fuel by reactor type or uranium ores by geologically specific element composition, and capturing the logic of the forensic process by which a human nuclear forensic expert would engage the attribution challenge. We will present the results of our preliminary search experiments using the OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency's SFCOMPO Spent Fuel Database, which will be presented in September at the German Informatik (LWA) conference in Dortmund.

Oral Presentation: Reframing Nuclear Forensics Discovery
Webcast of Presentation: Nuclear Engineering Colloquium - Part 1
Webcast of Presentation: Nuclear Engineering Colloquium - Part 2

LWA Conference

The Nuclear Forensic Search Project team presented a paper “Nuclear Forensics: A Scientific Search Problem” to the LWA 2012 Conference, September 12-14, 2012 in Dortmund, Germany.

LWA stands for "Lernen, Wissen, Adaption" (Learning, Knowledge, Adaptation). It is the joint forum of four special interest groups of the German Computer Science Society (GI). Following the tradition of the last years, LWA provides a joint forum for experienced and for young researchers, to bring insights to recent trends, technologies and applications, and to promote interaction among the SIGs.

The GI-Special Interest Groups are:
-- FG-ABIS (Adaptivität und Benutzermodellierung in interaktiven Softwaresystemen);
-- FG-IR (Information Retrieval)
-- FG-KDML (Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining und Maschinelles Lernen)
-- FG-WM (Wissensmanagement)

TPDL Conference

The Nuclear Forensic Search Project team presented a paper "Applying Digital Library Technologies to Nuclear Forensics" at the TPDL 2012 Conference, September 23-27, 2012 in Paphos, Cyprus.

The International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries is the successor of the European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL). TPDL/ECDL has been the leading European scientific forum on digital libraries for 15 years. The conference continues to bring together researchers, developers, content providers and users in the field of digital libraries.

The proceedings will be published as a volume of Springer's Lecture Notes on Computer Science (LNCS) series.