Networked Radiation Detection in Urban Environments

Dr. Ren Cooper
Staff Applied Physicist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Fri, 03/04/2022 - 3:00PM TO 4:00PM
Spring 2022 Colloquium Series

The ability to detect, identify, and localize illicit radiological/nuclear sources in urban environments is a key component of nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation efforts across the world. Recent advances in sensing, telecommunications, and edge and cloud computing have led to renewed interest in employing detector networks to provide enhanced detection performance and increased domain awareness. This presentation will describe efforts to exploit multi-sensor fusion and networked sensing towards the development of new capabilities for radiation detection in urban environments.

About the Speaker:

Ren Cooper is a Staff Applied Physicist and Deputy Head of the Applied Nuclear Physics Program in the Nuclear Science Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). He received B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Liverpool, UK and joined LBNL in November 2011 following three years of postdoctoral research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Ren specializes in the development of novel radiation detection and imaging systems and algorithms for fundamental physics, nuclear safeguards, nuclear safety, and nuclear security. He currently leads research projects that include the development of new High Purity Germanium (HPGe) detectors, the development of advanced technologies for vehicle-based radiation detection and imaging systems, and the exploration of new systems and methods for networked radiation detection.