The Fourth DAE-BRNS Theme Meeting on Generation and use of Covariance Matrices in the Applications of Nuclear Data

December 09-13, 2017

Manipal University, Manipal, India


The topic ‘Matrix Methods in Statistics’ is a branch of linear algebra and matrix theory containing a varieties of challenging problems in linear statistical models, statistical inference, and error analysis, having applications in various branches of science which concerns with measurements. Measurement and evaluation of nuclear data is one such very important branch of science having practical significance in designing and monitoring the advanced nuclear systems.

The design of advanced nuclear systems demands the assessment of confidence margins in nuclear power plant parameters. The errors in the design parameters of advanced nuclear systems due to errors arising from the uncertainties in basic nuclear data are addressed by the nuclear community by and large through covariance matrix theory. Total Monte Carlo methodology is also being developed for the purpose. A number of countries have studied error propagation in nuclear engineering using the errors and covariance among nuclear data. The basic evaluated nuclear data files, such as ENDF/B-VII.1 (USA), JEFF-3.2 (EU), JENDL-4.0 (Japan), TENDL-2015 (EU), etc., (see the IAEA-BARC Mirror website: are widely used in several applications including energy (e.g., advanced nuclear reactors) and non-energy (e.g., nuclear medicine). The evaluated nuclear data are specified in evaluated nuclear data files in the form of estimates of mean values and their co-variances. Efforts in India under the DAE-BRNS have been initiated in scientific evaluation of nuclear data, in particular, the extraction of recommended (best estimate) values and their covariance from uncertain, incomplete and error afflicted experimental data which require reasoning and inference techniques (Statistics, Bayesian, variants of Kalman Filter) in the face of uncertainties and correlations in raw experimental data.

The previous Theme meetings on nuclear data covariances were held in Manipal (2008), Vel-Tech, Chennai (2010), and in BARC, Mumbai (2013). The current Theme meeting will be held during December 09-13, 2017. The first two days will have special lectures and tutorials for training the researchers in the measurement of covariance matrices, and the later three days of the DAE-BRNS Theme meeting will cover presentations of research articles and invited talks. The December 11-13, 2017 part of the 5-day Theme meeting will also serve as a parallel session in the conference ICLAA 2017 to enable mathematicians and nuclear data science experts interact together, as a unique event. All the sessions in the Theme meeting, December 09-13, 2017 will be dedicated to discuss the importance and generation of covariance information which are essentially involved in the different steps of measurements, processing, evaluation and applications of nuclear data of importance to nuclear energy and non-energy (e.g., medical) applications, helping all researchers and young scholars involved in this activity.

Technical Committee for Theme Meeting

Invited Delegates

Project Manager
CERN-PH, Geneva,
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Research Interests : Big Data Management and Processing on Grid and Clouds, Radiation Transport in Matter via MonteCarlo Methods
Achievements : He has published more than 320 research papers in reputed national and international journals. He is the Project Manager at CERN · Physics Department (PH) · PH-SFT / Simulation, Switzerland · Geneve. He was Long term visiting scientist at Department of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology.
Raja Ramanna Fellow
Reactor Physics Design Division, Reactor Design and Development Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400085, India
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Research Interests : Reactor Physics Design and Associated Nuclear Data Science and Engineering of Thermal Reactor Systems, Fast Breeder Reactors, Accelerator Driven Systems and Fusion Reactors, Study of the Nuclear Physics Data Needs of Thorium Fuel Cycle
Achievements : S. Ganesan has been published more than 175 research articles and 4 books. He was privileged to have been involved in several first-time mile stone developments in Indian reactor physics and nuclear data physics activities. He was involved as founder member of the Nuclear Data Physics Centre of India (NDPCI) in 2009 for which he has consistently made ustained efforts from the early seventies. He has been credited with creation of the phenomenally successful Indian EXFOR workshops, India joining the NRDC (IAEA) network, proposal and start of projects on covariances in nuclear data science in India, creation of Indian criticality benchmarks, in India joining the CERN n_TOF experiments (Phase-2) and first time initiating interactions between nuclear reactor design physicists and the faculty in universities with creation of over a dozen nuclear data projects in various Universities across India in nuclear data science for advanced reactor applications. He has been involved in India joining the prestigious international reactor criticality benchmarking of the US DOE in 2005 and the Indian KAMINI (2005), PURNIMA-II (2008) and PURNIMA-I (2012) reactor criticality benchmarks for nuclear data and code validation studies were successfully published in the ICSBEP handbook by the US-DOE. During 1977-78, S. Ganesan was a visiting scientist in Nuclear Research Centre, Karlsruhe, Germany. During 1990-94, in the IAEA, he was successfully involved in creating the first-time international high quality fusion evaluated nuclear data library, FENDL-1, tailored for ITER and fusion applications. He was also involved in creation of WIMS Library Update Project for thermal reactors and implementation of several projects in IAEA member States.
"Department of Physics, School of Physical Sciences, North-Eastern Hill University Shillong 793022, India" Click for Abstracts
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Research Interests : Nuclear Physics
Achievements : She has more than 15 publications in national and international journals.
Reactor Physics Design Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre , Mumbai- 400085, India
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Research Interests : Radioactivity, Radiation Physics, Nuclear Science, Nuclear Safety
Achievements : She has more than 35 publications in national and international journals.
Associate Professor
Nuclear Data Section, Division of Physical & Chemical Sciences, Department of Nuclear Sciences & Applications, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna International Centre, PO Box 100, 1400 Vienna, Austria
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Research Interests : Nuclear Physics and Nuclear Data Evaluation, Nuclear Energy, Fusion and Medical Isotope Production
Achievements : Mr. Arjan Koning has been published more than 330 research articles and 15 books. He is the Section Head in Theoretical Nuclear Reactions, joined Section in 2015, involved in directing the activities of the IAEA Nuclear Data Section. He manages the international exchange and dissemination of atomic and nuclear data for applications, and organizes activities designed to satisfy the evolving data needs of Member States. Mr. Koning is an author of the TALYS code. Other accomplishments and interests include development of nuclear reaction models, the TENDL nuclear data library, uncertainty propagation and development of nuclear data for nuclear energy, fusion and medical isotope production.
Assistant Professor
Department of Physics, Mizoram University, Tanhril-796004, Aizawl, Mizoram, India Click for Abstracts
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Research Interests : Nuclear Physics, Accelerator Physics, Experimental Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Reactions, Low Energy Nuclear Reactions, Nuclear Astrophysics
Achievements : He has more than 30 publications in national and international journals. He has been organized various seminar, conferences etc.. He is the member of American Physical Society since 2010.
Faculty of Physics
Wiedner Hauptstraße 8-10,
A-1040 Vienna, Austria
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Research Interests : Theoretical Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Data for Science and Engineering, Inverse Problems, Neutron Physics
Achievements : He has more than 160 publications in international peer reviewed journals, more than 110 contributions to Conferences and workshops and more than 350 contributed talks and posters at Conferences and Workshops. He has supervised 14 PhD students and 26 Master students. He was a member of many scientific bodies such as CSTS-SPhN, solde and Neutron Time of Flight Committee (INTC), etc., and currently he is a member of Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austrian Represantitive in the Nuclear Science Committee, Nuclear Energy Agency/OECD.
Visiting Scientist
Department of Physics, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 702-701, Republic of Korea
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Research Interests : Nuclear Physics, Fission Reactions, Mass Yields
Achievements : Being a radiochemist himself, he has contributed number of publications in the field of science. Few among them are high performance liquid chromatographic seperation of 228, 229Th, of 232,233U and their estimation by alpha, gamma ray spectrometry, Measurements of the cross sections of 106m gAg, 105 gAg, and 104m gag from the nat, Ag(n, X) reactions induced by neutrons with the energies of 14-37 MeV, Detailed data sets related to covariance analysis of the measurement of cross section of 59Co(n, gamma)60Co, reaction relative to the cross section of 115In(n, gamma)116mIn etc.
Professor & Principal
VES Institute Of Technology,Hashu Advani Memorial Complex, Collecor Colony,Chembur, Mumbai-74, India
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Senior Scientist
Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tampere, FI-33014 University of Tampere, Finland Click for Abstracts
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Research Interests : Matrix methods in statistics, Generalized inverses, Canonical correlations
Achievements : He held teaching posts at the Department of Mathematical Sciences from 1967 to 1970; he was an acting lecturer in Statistics 1970 – 73 and 1974 – 80, and a senior assistant in 1973 – 74 and 1980 – 88. He was appointed lecturer in 1989, and in 1997 – 98 he was an Associate Professor at Tampere University. He also holds a Docentship at the University of Tampere (1988). Simo Puntanen has been a Senior Fellow at the Academy of Finland (autumn 1988 and 1993 – 1995), and in 1998 – 1999 he works as a Senior Scientist of the Academy. He has made several research visits to McGill University, Montreal and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In connection with his research interests he has made publications on Effect on the efficiency of ordinary least squares when one observation is omitted. Examples of the use of Survo in teaching regression concepts, Simplified matrix proofs related to the deletion of a set of observations in the general linear model, Difference between the BLUEs in two linear models, Comments on the Statistics education in Finland, Shorted matrices and their applications in linear statistical models, Some further remarks on the singular linear model e.t.c.
Scientific Officer
Reactor Physics Section, TSD, TTG, RFG, IGCAR, Kalpakkam, India-603102
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Research Interests : Radiation Detection, Monte Carlo Simulation, Radiation Physics, Nuclear Physics
Achievements : She has more than 10 publications in national and international journals.
Scientific Officer
Reactor Physics and Systems Behavior Laboratory, Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen, Switzerland
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Research Interests : Nuclear Simulations, Development, Monte Carlo simulations, uncertainty evaluations, nuclear data evaluations
Achievements : Associate physicist in brookaven national laboratory. Uncertainty propagation with CASMO/SIMULATE/SNF, Analysis of LWR irradiated samples, Decay heat analysis with SNF, Production of the TENDL library, Bayesian analysis for nuclear data, Core licensing. He was also a consultee in the Company Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group. He was an associate physicist in Brookhaven National Laboratory and holded a Post-doctoral position in the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Chairman & Managing Director
Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam, Ltd, Kalpakkam-600008, India
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Scientist (Robotics) & Chief Programme Co-ordinator
Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Govt. of India, Mumbai 400085, INDIA
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Research Interests : Robot Grippers, Gripper Sensors, Web-mediated Robotics, Flexible Manipulator, Underwater Robotics, Tele-manipulation
Achievements : He has been awarded by Best Technical Paper Prize at the 17th All India Manufacturing Technology, Design & Research Conference [January,1997]. He has been Honored by the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India, to be the technical evaluator of project proposals in the field of Robotics / Automation/ Integrated Manufacturing [Nov.,2000], National Centre for Software Technology (NCST), Mumbai to be a Referee in the field of Robotics & Knowledge-Based Intelligence for evaluating the technical papers in concerned areas of research [Since Dec., 2000], the managing committee of India International Friendship Society, New Delhi, India for distinguishing my accomplishment as a recipient of BHARAT JYOTI AWARD [September, 2001], the organizing committee of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics for the year 2005 (“ICAR 2005”, Seattle, WA, USA) to be the TUTORIAL SPEAKER, the organizing committee of the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics for the year 2005 (“ICAR 2005”, Seattle, WA, USA) to be the Selection Committee Member for BEST PAPER AWARD [June, 2005]. He is also honored by the selection committee of International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, U.K. to become a BIOGRAPHEE in the book, entitled, “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st. Century” [July 2007]. He was member of the International Programme Committee for the IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics (“ICAR 2005”), International Programme Committee for the IASTED International Conference on Robotics & Applications for the year 2005 (“RA 2005”). Currently he is Serving as the Member /Reviewer of the INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME COMMITEE for the annual IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice since 2002 (i.e. 9th., 10th., 11th. & 12th. M2VIP conferences respectively for the year 2002,2003,2004 & 2005). In 2007, he was nominated by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, U.K. as an “International Scientist of the Year”. Also, in 2007 he was awarded by the “21st. Century Award for Achievement” by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, U.K., “The Decree of Excellence in Education” by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, U.K.
Department of Physics, Jnanabharati campus, Banagalore University, Bangalore -560056, Karnataka State, India Click for Abstracts
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Research Interests : External Bremsstrahlung, Gamma Interaction, Fluid Dynamics, Nano Phosphor, Nano Ferrite, Nuclear Reaction Measurement and Nuclear Data Compilation
Achievements : He has more than 70 publications in national and international journals. He has 33 years of teaching and 23 years of research experience. He has been awarded by Nucleonix Best Paper award in 2012. He is a Life time Member of Indian society of Technical Education, New Delhi, India and Indian society for radiation Physics, Mumbai, India. He was the Member of International society for radiation Physics, London, United Kingdom during 2006-2008.
Scientific Officer (H+)
Nuclear Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai-400 085
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Research Interests : Fusion-fission reactions, angular distributions, mass distributions, charged particle emissions
Achievements : His work includes publications in International Journals of high impact factors with overall citations of 1013 and with h-index of 16 and i10 index of 30.
Scientific Officer
Retieseweg 111, B-2440 Geel, Belgium
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Research Interests : Capture and Total cross section measurements, neutron resonance analysis for non-intrusive elemental composition determinations
Achievements : He started his professional carrier at the Institute Lau Langevin where he was scientific responsible for gamma-ray spectrometers installed at the high flux reactors. In 1989 he joined the EC-JRC at Ispra. At the JRC Ispra he was scientific responsible for the development of measurement techniques for the Non Destructive Assay (NDA) of nuclear material based on active and passive neutron assay, gamma spectroscopy and calorimetry. Since 2001 he is working at the JRC in Geel where he is the scientific responsible and project leader for measurements at the time-of-flight facility GELINA and at the tandem generator MONNET. He is specialised in capture and total cross section measurements and the production of covariance data in the resonance region. One of the latest achievements is the development of a non-destructive analysis technique to determine the elemental and isotopic composition of materials and objects based on neutron resonance analysis.
Senior lecturer
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Division of Applied Nuclear Physics, Nuclear reactions group. Click for Abstracts
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Research Interests : Experimental, Computational and Theoretical Applied Nuclear Physics
Achievements : He has more than 50 Publications in refereed international journals. He was awarded the Technology Transfer Scholarship to work at JET. Currently he is a Project leader for the Uppsala university part of the TMC / TENDL project since February 2012. He has contributed to JEFF and the IAEA CRP: Primary Radiation Damage Cross Sections and Co-author to the ‘TALYS-based evaluated nuclear data library’ -TENDL: ( He was a board member of the Swedish Nuclear Society 2011-2014. His teaching experience range from teaching PhD-students and senior staff at the university in the Ph.D. course Modelling and Simulation for particle transport, and master students in the course Nuclear Power - Technology and Systems, to first year students in the introduction to engineering courses, and most levels in between. In addition, he has gained experience in teaching outside the academic sphere at different levels with commissioned courses, such as the Core-cooling courses at the Swedish nuclear power plant.
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Nuclear Physics Divison, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, 400085, India
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Research Interests : Gamma Spectrometry, Experimental Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Sciences
Achievements : Dr. Suryanarayana has published more than 60 research articles in national and international journals. He is the expertise in the field of Nuclear Physics, Accelerator Physics and Experimental Physics.

Other Delegates

S.No Name of the Delegate Affiliation
1 Jaimin R Acharya M.S.University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat., India
2 Vinay Arora Panjab University (PUSSGRC), India
3 Sylvia Badwar North Eastern Hill University, India
4 Vishal Dattatraya Bharud Savitiribai Phule Pune University, India
5 Abhishek Prakash Cherath India
6 Midhun CV University of Calicut, India
7 Rajaiah Dasari Osmania University, India
8 Pallavi Prateek Deshpande Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Technology, Chembur, Mumbai, India
9 Vidya Devi IET Bhaddal Ropar Punjab, India
10 Reetuparna Ghosh North Eastern Hill University, India
11 Lalremruata Hlawndo Mizoram University, Tanhril-796004, Aizawl, Mizoram., India
12 Meghna Raviraj Karkera Manipal University, Manipal, India
13 Rebecca Lalnuntluangi Mizoram University, India
14 Bioletty Lawriniang North Eastern Hill University, India
15 Eswaramoorthy M ACS College of Engineering, India
16 mohamed musthafa university of calicut, India
18 Bhawna Pandey G.B.Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, India
19 JYOTI PANDEY G.B Pant University Uttarakhand , India
20 Priyada Panikkath Manipal Centre for Natural Sciences, India
21 Siddharth Parashari M S University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujraat-390002, India
22 Imran Pasha Bangalore University, India
23 Sangeetha Prasanna Ram Vivekananand Education Society's Institute of Technology, India
24 Uttiyoarnab Saha HBNI, IGCAR, India
25 Y. Santhi Sheela Manipal University, Manipal, India
26 Ratankumar Singh The Maharaja Sayajirao University Of Baroda, India
27 Dipesh Narendra Solanki V.E.S. Institute of Technology, Chembur, Mumbai, India

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Last date for submission of abstract September 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance October 15, 2017