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2023 ANS Annual Meeting
June 11–14, 2023
Indianapolis, IN|Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
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NRC issues strategic plan for reviewing AI in nuclear applications
To help plan and prepare for new technologies involving artificial intelligence, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released its Artificial Intelligence Strategic Plan (NUREG-2261) for fiscal years 2023–2027.
The NRC said that it expects license applications that include the use of AI technologies to be submitted to the agency for review and approval within the next few years. The strategic plan is meant to help ensure that NRC staff are prepared to review and evaluate such applications.
In the foreword, the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research director Raymond Furstenau introduces the strategic plan, writing, “We recognize that interest in AI is growing rapidly in both the public and private sectors. As such, I think [it] is important to lay the groundwork needed to ensure the safe and secure use of AI in NRC-regulated activities.”
May 7–11, 2023
Powering the Next Era of Space Exploration
Idaho Falls, ID|Snake River Event Center
Thank you for participating in Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2023)!
The Proceedings of NETS 2023 are now available to all who registered for the conference. Access to the Proceedings is linked to the account you used to register for the meeting.
You can also access the Proceedings by logging in to the ANS website.
We look forward to hosting NETS in May 2023. The venue for this conference is on the west bank of the Snake River, which is one of America's great river systems. For those unfamiliar with Idaho Falls, it is a city of ~60,000 in eastern Idaho. This city has an airport serviced by Delta, American, United and Alaskan with approximately 10-12 flights daily to Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Dallas and Phoenix. NETS 2023 will have a particular focus in a few different areas. One plenary session will be devoted to a historical look at the missions that were nuclear-enabled such as Voyager, New Horizons, Mars 2020, and with an eye towards the future, Dragon Fly. Another plenary session will focus on the future with a closer look at nuclear reactors such as the Advanced Test Reactor and the Transient Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory and the reactor test bed being established for testing small modular and micro-reactors in the next few years. For those who wish to come early or stay an extra day or two to explore nature, two of the greatest national parks (Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP) are within a 2-hour drive and may be tempting. Come and experience Idaho Falls with exciting NETS 2023 involvement!
Enhance your visibility at the Nuclear and Emerging Technologies for Space (NETS 2023) by becoming a sponsor or exhibitor. Sponsors and exhibitors are recognized on the meeting website and the mobile app. All sponsors will also be acknowledged at the Opening Plenary, in promotional communications, and on signage displayed throughout the meeting. Sponsorship packages are limited, so reserve your package early. View our prospectus for more information.