CVT Workshop, 2015 Agenda


The CVT Workshop will take place at the Dahlmann Campus Inn in Ann Arbor, MI on October 15th & 16th. You can view the full agenda below for a list of speakers and topics. The online agenda provides links to the presentation documents used during the workshop.

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October 15th, 2015

Terrace Ballroom, 3rd Floor

7:45 BREAKFAST Campus Inn – Continental
8:15 WELCOME S. Pozzi, UM
8:20 NNSA Overview Marco Di Capua, NNSA
8:40 CVT Year 1 Accomplishments | video Sara Pozzi, UM
 Thrust Area 1  Chair: Alex Glaser
9:00 Treaty Verification: Characterizing Existing Gaps and Emerging Challenges | video Alex Glaser, Princeton
9:25 Verifying the Iran Deal |video Frank von Hippel, Princeton
9:45 BREAK 15 Minutes (Beverages)
 Thrust Area II Chair: A. Hero 
10:00 Fundamental Physical Data and Data Acquisition and Analysis Techniques | video Al Hero, UM
10:25 Graphical Models for Query-driven Analysis of Multimodal Data John Fisher, MIT 
10:45 Correlations in Prompt Neutron and Gamma Rays from Fission | video Matthew Marcath, UM, CVT Graduate Associate
11:05 BREAK  15 minutes (Midmorning w/snacks) 
11:20 High-Throughput Radiation Detector Systems | video John Mattingly, NCSU
Lab Overview I  
 11:40 Sandia National Laboratories | video Rob Tachau, SNL 
  Idaho National Laboratory David L Chichester, INL 
12:00 LUNCH and Thrust Breakouts – Characterize Gaps and Challenges 
(1 hr, 40 mins)
Lunch Buffet: Huron Ballroom, 2nd floor
Thrust Area IV Chair: Milton Garces
1:40 Detection of Undeclared Activities and Inaccessible Facilities: Monitoring, Situation Awareness, and Forensics | video Milton Garces, UH
2:05 Evaluation of a seismic event, 12 May 2010, in North Korea | video Paul Richards, Columbia
2:25 Radionuclide Atmospheric Transport | video John Lee, UM
2:45 BREAK 15 minutes (Beverages)


Radioxenon Detection via Beta-Gamma Coincidence technique | video Abi Farsoni, OSU


Fuel Cycle Simulation as Virtual CVT Testbed | video Paul Wilson, UW
Lab Overview II  
3:40 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | video John Valentine, LBNL
  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory | video Daniel Stephens, PNNL
4:00 Group Photo Outdoor Balcony, 3rd floor
4:10 Student/Postdoc Poster Session & Reception (link to Poster list below) All
6:00 ADJOURN: Day 1  

SAVA’S Restaurant

October 16th, 2015

Terrace Ballroom, 3rd Floor

7:45 BREAKFAST Campus Inn – Continental
 Thrust Area III Chair: Zhong He
8:15 CVT Thrust Area #3 – summary | video Zhong He, UM
8:40 Fast Neutron Multiplicity Counter | video Angela Di Fulvio, UM, CVT Postdoctoral Fellow
9:00 Standoff Characterization of Nuclear Materials by Optical Techniques | video Igor Jovanovic, PSU
9:20 Chain of Custody Detectors | video Kim Kearfott, UM
9:40 BREAK 15 minutes (Beverages)
9:55 Neutron Multiplicity Detection and Other UF Advanced Safeguards CVT Contributions  Andreas Enqvist, UF
Lab Overview III  
10:15 Los Alamos National Laboratory | video Karen Miller, LANL
  Y-12 | video Carter Hull, Y-12
  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | video Daniel Decman, LLNL
10:40 Lunch Session Summary Sara Pozzi, UM
 Thrust Area V Chair: R. Lanza
10:55 Disarmament Verification | video Areg Danagoulian, MIT
11:20 Zero-knowledge Neutron Detection | video Francesco d’Errico (Yale) and Sebastien Philippe (Princeton)
11:40 Statistical Approaches to Radionuclide Identification Clair Sullivan, UI
12:00 SAR ADCs for the discriminating host David Wehe, UM
12:20 LUNCH     (1 hr, 05 mins) Lunch Buffet: Huron Ballroom, 2nd floor
Thrust Area VI Chair: K. Kearfott
1:25 Optimizing the CTBT Network Coverage of the IMS Radioxenon Gas Component | video

Michael Schoeppner, Princeton,CVT Associate Postdoc

1:45 Experimental Campaign at the Device Assembly Facility | video

Jack Linkous, NCSU, CVT Graduate Fellow

Mike Hamel, UM, CVT Graduate Associate

David Goodman, UM, CVT Graduate Fellow


Temperature Dependence of Organic Scintillator Response | video

Novel Applications of a Compton Imaging Spectrometer | video

Tyler Jordan, UM, CVT Undergraduate Fellow

Samuel Frank, UM, CVT Undergraduate Fellow


Forensic Analysis of Unscheduled Blasts | video

A Framework for the Collection, Analysis, and Verification of Next-Generation Infrasound Data | video

Julie Schnurr, UH, CVT Graduate Fellow

Anthony Christe, UH, CVT Graduate Fellow

2:50 Closing Remarks Marco Di Capua, NNSA
2:55 Closing Comments Sara Pozzi, UM
3:00 ADJOURN: Day 2      

CVT Posters

Posters will be on display the duration of the workshop.

No. Title Presenter


Deconvolution of the Matrix Effect Observed in Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Kyle Hartig, PSU
 2 Penalized Ensemble Kalman Filtering for High Dimensional Systems Elizabeth Hou, UM 
 3 Improved Locations for Teleseismic Earthquakes using Surface Waves Michael Howe, COLUMBIA 
 4 Survey of Cyclus Applications for Non-proliferation Meghan McGarry, UW 
 5 Fostering appreciation for nuclear nonproliferation and safeguards through the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management student chapter at the University of Michigan Marc Paff, UM 
 6 Coincidence Simulation of a Two-Channel CZT-based Radioxenon Detector Leila Ranjbar, OSU 
7 Monitoring known and undeclared reprocessing plants with krypton-85 Michael Schoeppner, PRINCETON
8 Information Barriers Based on Enhanced Automated Isotope Identification Mara Watson, UI
9 Measurement and Simulation of Cosmic Rays Effects on Neutron Multiplicity Counting Robert Weinmann-Smith, UF
10 Quickest Change Detection in Nuclear Fuel Cycles Yasin Yilmaz, UM
11 Safeguards and Monitoring Efforts at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Eric M. Becker, OSU
12 High Resolution Spectroscopy of Laser-Induced Uranium Plasma Phyllis Morgan, PSU
13 Neutron Cross-Talk Characterization of Liquid Organic Scintillators for Cross-Correlation Measurements Tony Shin, UM
14 Identifying Special Nuclear Material in a Complex Environment Kyle Polack, UM
15 Characterization of Solution-Grown Stilbene for Nonproliferation Applications Mark Bourne, UM
16 Research Opportunities at Y-12 Nuclear Detection and Sensor Testing Center Carter Hull, Y-12
17 Sandia National Laboratories Proliferation Detection Program Rob Tachau & Peter Marleau, SNL
18 Atmospheric Transport Modeling of Radionuclide Releases Matthew Krupcale, UM
19 Using Exponential Fit Amplitudes as an Alternative Method of Pulse Shape Discrimination Emily King, UM
20 INL Resources and Capabilities to Support Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development David Chichester, INL
21 Addressing DNN R&D Goals, Objectives, and Requirements at a National Lab with an Academic Culture and Driven to Solve Big Science Challenges of National & Global Scope John Valentine, LBNL