Research Team

The UC Berkeley research team consists of four senior scientists with complementary skills, two graduate student research participants and three nuclear engineering undergraduate research assistants.

PI (Principal Investigator) Dr. Fredric Gey has developed document ranking algorithms for search based upon logistic regression probabilistic modeling techniques. He has more than 20 years experience in mechanisms of information retrieval. Dr. Gey also has 20 years experience with management and curation of datasets and databases as a principal data archivist for numeric data at UC Berkeley. In his spare time he hangs out with his youngest grandsons (ages 11 and 14) who live nearby, and at least annually visits his daughter and her family in Volcano Village on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Co-PI (Co-Principal Investigator) Professor Ray Larson has developed query expansion techniques using clustering algorithms similar in nature to latent semantic indexing. Professor Larson has also been a pioneer in the field of geographic information retrieval (GIR). Professor Larson teaches the data management course at the School of Information at UC Berkeley. When visiting Hawaii he likes to dive around the reefs.

Senior Scientist Ms. Electra Sutton has over 20 years experience in the technology of forensics, first with Federal Bureau of Investigation and then with Los Alamos National Laboratory. Ms. Sutton holds numerous classification qualifications (Top Secret, Q) with the Department of Energy and other agencies. Ms. Sutton functions as liaison to National Laboratories and Federal Agencies where data resides in a classified environment.

Faculty Investigator Professor Edward Morse of Nuclear Engineering has over 35 years experience in Nuclear Science and Engineering Research at UC Berkeley. Professor Morse teaches NE 130/230 Analytical Methods for Non-proliferation, which covers the nuclear science behind all aspects of nuclear forensics.

Graduate Student Research Participants

Charles Wang has a BS in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) from UC Berkeley. He is a Masters student in the School of Information at UC Berkeley (MS expected May 2014). He is in charge of the project's centralized database and developing novel visualizations of nuclear decay.

Colin Gerber has a BS in Neuroscience from UC Santa Barbara. He is a Masters student in the School of Information at UC Berkeley (MS expected May 2015). Before coming to Berkeley he worked for several years at National Institutes of Health. He is developing statistical matching software to identify nuclear reactor types from Plutonium isotope ratios in spent fuel measurements.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alexander Laut is a junior in Nuclear Engineering. He assists with data gathering on uranium mines and processing facilities worldwide.

Hin Yeung (Jimmy) Lee is a junior in Nuclear Engineering. He runs reactor simulations using the ORIGEN-ARP nuclear reactor burn-up code.

Anthony Lubbers is a senior in Nuclear Engineering. He assists with data gathering on nuclear reactor facilities worldwide. In his spare time he is President of the UC Berkeley Ballroom Dancers.