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PNNL Strategic Goods Testbed: A Data Library for Illicit Nuclear Trafficking

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has put significant effort into nonproliferation activities as an institution, both in terms of the classical nuclear material focused approach and in the examination of other strategic goods necessary to implement a nuclear program. To assist in these efforts, several projects in the Analysis in Motion (AIM) and Signature Discovery (SDI) Initiatives at PNNL are developing machine learning methodology for human‐computer interaction in real time environments to assist analysts in this domain. All of these technical projects require access to data – whether it is in terms of detector data, shipping records, financial information, company relations, or other communications. The first question that mathematical and computational researchers come up with when asked to build analyst assist or automated tools is “What does the data look like?” They become frustrated when basic questions like this cannot be easily answered and this can have the effect of pushing researchers away from the nuclear trafficking domain, especially in strategic commodity and export control areas where data sets cannot easily be generated through standard experimental techniques.
Webster JB, VA Lewis, LE Erikson, and C Toomey. In Press. "PNNL Strategic Goods Testbed: A Data Library for Illicit Nuclear Trafficking." In INMM Information Analysis Technologies, Techniques and Methods for Safeguards, Nonproliferation and Arms Control Verification Workshop. PNNL-SA-102611, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington.
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