Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Regulatory Applications Workshops


A series of three public workshops are planned to provide a forum for the U.S. NRC, nuclear industry and stakeholders to discuss the state of knowledge and research activities related to data science and artificial intelligence and their application in the nuclear industry. The workshops seek to:

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Workshop Topics and Registration

Participants are requested to register for each workshop at the link provided in the table below. Following registration, you will receive an email containing a calendar appointment reminder and a link to the Microsoft Teams Meeting.

Title Time Date Location Registration
Workshop #1: Introduction to AI 10:00am – 3:00pm ET Tuesday,
June 29, 2021
Microsoft Teams Meeting CLOSED
Workshop #2: Current Topics 10:00am – 3:00pm ET Wednesday, August 18, 2021 Microsoft Teams Meeting CLOSED
Workshop #3: Future Focused Initiatives 10:00am – 3:00pm ET November 2021 Microsoft Teams Meeting To Be Announced

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Agenda Workshop #1: Introduction to AI

The first workshop in the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Regulatory Applications Workshops series is intended to cover state-of-practice tools, methods and procedures in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning (DL) applicable to the reactor safety program and to orient workshop participants to current AI terminology, software tools, and best practices.

Workshop #1: Introduction to AI
June 29, 2021
10:00am – 3:00pm ET
Virtual (Microsoft Teams)
Time Topic Presenter
10:00 - 10:10a.m. Introduction and Regulatory Purpose Teri Lalain (NRC)
10:10 - 10:30a.m. AI Introduction and Terminology Ron Boring (INL)
10:30 - 11:00a.m. Machine Learning Theory Mark Fuge (UMD)
11:00- 11:30a.m. Deep Learning Theory Mark Fuge (UMD)
11:30-12:00p.m. Natural Language Processing Theory Thurston Sexton (NIST)
12:00-1:00p.m. Break
1:00-1:45p.m. Grooper and Watson Content Analytics  Mackenzie Stevens (NRC)
Grooper and Digitizing Success Kenny Nguyen (NRC)
Enterprise Data Warehouse Jun Lee (NRC)
Bruce Jones (NRC - Contractor)
1:45-2:30p.m. Event Management Response Tool (EMRT) and Relief Request Index Project Nick Mohr (EPRI)
Power Industry Dictionary for Text-Mining and Natural Language Processing Application Karen Kim-Stevens (EPRI)
INPO and Data Science Paul Steiner (INPO)
2:30-2:50p.m. Panel Discussion
2:50-3:00p.m. Summary and Path Forward

Agenda Workshop #2: Current Topics

The second workshop in the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Regulatory Applications Workshops series is intended to provide an overview of current NRC and industry initiatives to expand and apply data science and AI, including early stage project development and research to solve ongoing issues. Topics in the second workshop will focus on enabling regulatory transformation to increase efficiency, leveraging publicly available data sources such as the agency’s document management system ADAMS, and highlighting current projects which may influence regulatory decisionmaking, provide alternative approaches to traditional analyses, or are seeking to optimize industry efficiency.

Workshop #2: Current Topics

August 18, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Virtual (Microsoft Teams)




10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Introduction and Regulatory Purpose Jeremy Groom (NRC)
10:10 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Autonomous Control Algorithms to Simulate BWR Reactor Cycles Nazila Tehrani (NRC)
10:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. Machine Learning for Non-Destructive Examination Carol Nove (NRC)
Pradeep Ramuhalli (ORNL)
10:40 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Operating Experience Event and Communications Classification Jason Carneal, Chris Speer (NRC)
11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. Resource Prediction Using Natural Language Processing Trey Hathaway (NRC)
11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Cloud Infrastructure Pushpa Jayapal (NRC)
Steve Schrader (NRC Contractor)
11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NRC Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Industry Survey John Lane (NRC)
12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Open Discussion and Questions
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Break
1:00 p.m. – 1:20 p.m. NRC-DOE Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning MOU Matthew Humberstone (NRC)
Felix Gonzalez (DOE)
1:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. NNSA SAFER Project James O'Brien (NNSA)
1:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. DOE Office of Environment, Health, Safety & Security AI Projects Felix Gonzalez (DOE)
2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Exelon Corrective Action Program Automation and Informed Inspection Gene Kelly (Exelon)
2:20 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. Application of Data Analytics to Mine Nuclear Plant Maintenance Data David Olack (EPRI)
2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussion and Conclusion

Agenda Workshop #3: Future Focused Initiatives

The third workshop in the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Regulatory Applications Workshops series is intended to cover future focused AI-related research and development projects which may impact or address regulatory decisionmaking, explore ways to harness existing data sets relevant to NRC and industry, and discuss areas for potential collaboration.  The workshop will provide an opportunity for NRC staff, presenters, and attendees to discuss regulatory and technical issues and make comments about topics discussed during this or previous workshops.

Workshop #3: Future Focused Initiatives

November, 2021
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Virtual (Microsoft Teams)





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Contact Information

If you have questions or need further information regarding the workshop, please contact the following:

NRC Contacts:
Matt Dennis

Phone: (301) 415-3702

Reed Anzalone

Phone: (301) 415-2988

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