Lets do a recap of CORTEX 2nd Annual Meeting at GRS

The CORTEX project had its second annual meeting at GRS, Munich, Germany, between October 22 and 24, 2018. All 18 European partners were present at the meeting. The meeting was also attended by the Japanese partner of CORTEX. In total, 47 persons participated to the meeting.

Short description of that 3 days meeting:
  1. The first day of the meeting was spent on giving an overview of the project as a whole and on giving a brief status of the progress made in each of the work packages.
  2. The second and third day were dedicated to technical presentations, during which each task/subtask leader gave an account of the work performed since the start of the project on September 1st, 2017.
  3. In the last part of the meeting, separate meetings of the Governing Board, of the Advisory End-User Group, and of the CORTEX Management Board were organized.

==> The project is well on track, with all deliverables to the European Commission and interactions between the various partners made according to plans.

The second year of the project will be a crucial year for CORTEX, during which further interactions between the different work packages and between different scientific communities will be occurring. For instance, the measurements made at the two research facilities (AKR-2 at TU Dresden and CROCUS at EPFL) will soon be released to the modellers, who will have the challenging task to reproduce the noise measurements.

Similarly, the early and very promising results based on machine learning for unfolding from plant signals possible anomalies and their location need to be adapted to the measurement data being collected from various commercial power reactors. Moreover, the range of the scenarios used to train the machine learning algorithms is being extended, based on the results of the simulations carried out during the first year of the project. The processing of the signals will also need to be “chained” to the machine learning techniques. Finally, the use of expert knowledge, so fundamental in the analysis of plant signals and data, will be integrated in the methods being developed.

All the above heavily relies on the different teams and scientific communities represented in CORTEX efficiently communicating between each other. Interactions will thus be particularly monitored in the months to come. I congratulate all CORTEX partners for the dedicated efforts spent during the first year of the project and for the very promising results obtained that far. Very exciting times are ahead of us.

Prof. Christophe Demazière – CORTEX coordinator

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Prof. Christophe Demazière – CORTEX coordinator

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