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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

Original research articles in the focus area of the conferences are invited for the possible publication in the special issue of the journal “Special Matrices”


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: http://www-nds.indcentre.org.in) 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:

List of Delegates

How to Register?

Delegates who wish to participate in the conference may register by filling the form available here.
Registration Process and Submission of abstracts will be done with same links available for the ICLAA 2017 delegates. Delegates will be distinguised for the Theme Meeting and ICLAA 2017 from the first item of the registration form.

There is no Registration Fee for the Theme Meeting!!!

Kindly avoid the message regarding payment which you will be getting at the time of registration.

Important Dates:

Last date for submission of application September 01, 2017
Last date for submission of abstract of talk September 30, 2017
Notification of Acceptance October 15, 2017

Guidelines for Submission of Abstract

  1. All abstracts must be submitted electronically by the appropriate deadlines using the tab “Submit Abstract” below.
  2. Submission of abstracts in TeX file is highly recommended. The format of abstract is given in template.pdf
  3. Among the authors, one author should be designated  as presenting author with
    • Contact details
    • E-mail address
    • Full postal address
  4. Keywords and subject classification should be included