United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Pierre-Jacques Courtois

Pierre-Jacques Courtois was formerly active for more than twenty years in computer science and software engineering research; with the Dutch company Philips; he was then involved in various  projects on dependable computer system design. For the last fifteen years he has been working with Bel V, the Belgian authorized inspection and technical support organization for nuclear installations, where he is currently in charge of safety assessments of digital I&C systems.

In 1994, under the auspices of the Nuclear Regulator Working Group (NRWG) of the European Commission, he launched a task force on licensing issues of nuclear safety critical software (TFSCS), which he chaired until 2007.  He was also a Founding member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group WG 7.3 on Computer System Performance and Reliability Evaluation.

Dr. Courtois worked as an advisor for the UK Health & safety Commission (HSC) and the Finland Nuclear regulator (STUK); also as a consultant to the OECD and to the IAEA for issuing guidance on the design and validation of software important to nuclear safety.  His last book, “Justifying the dependability of Computer-based Systems, with Applications in Nuclear Engineering” was published by Springer, in 2008.

Dr. Courtois has degrees in electrical engineering, nuclear physics and a doctorate in applied sciences.  He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, in Belgium.

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