A complex facility's individual monitoring and control systems, including equipment, infrastructure, and human system can be integrated for resiliency


Idaho National Laboratory's Monitoring and Decision Systems Laboratory develops specialized technologies for the modeling, analysis, and deployment of sensor, control, monitoring, and decision systems specifically for advanced energy systems and national security.

Significance of Introduced Technologies

  • Novel modeling and simulation (M&S) capability to analyze complex process systems for planning and training, supporting both defense (e.g., resilient) and offense (e.g., functional defeat) objectives and missions

  • Innovative system-centric, multi-sensor approach and associated model-based technologies for Nuclear Operations Accountability to strengthen safeguards measures in complex modern nuclear systems

  • Sensor, communication, and interdiction networks for enhanced physical protection and threat reduction

  • Advanced on-line predictive condition monitoring and control (CMC) and health assessment technologies to significantly improve the reliability, availability, maintainability, and safety (RAMS) of critical infrastructure systems

  • Passive control strategies to significantly improve safety in nuclear reactor operations

Main R&D Areas

  • Systems theories and applications; systems modeling, simulation, analysis, monitoring, control, optimization, and integration; supervisory control; decentralized architectures

  • Distributed Modeling and Simulation; High Level Architectures

  • Modeling, synthesis, and optimization of observation platforms, sensor systems/networks

  • Online predictive condition monitoring, diagnosis, prognostics, supervision

  • Safeguards and nonproliferation technologies; energy conversion systems

  • Nuclear reactor - Balance-of-Plant integration; Advanced I&C; control systems security

  • Sensor and interdiction networks; advanced surveillance and knowledge systems

  • Fault/Attack- detection, mitigation, reconfiguration, survivability, and recovery

  • Computational intelligence and agent-based technologies; stability and statistical analysis

  • Production and operations management techniques; continual process improvements

Current Projects

  • Process-Infrastructure Integrated Simulation and Analysis

  • Sensors Systems for Nuclear Proliferation Detection and Interpretation

  • Process Monitoring & Event Detection for Advanced Safeguards

  • Threat Reduction via Optimized Sensor & Interdiction Networks

  • Integrated Safeguards Technologies for Advanced Fuel Cycle Facilities

  • Predictive Condition Monitoring & Control

  • Local and Global Health Assessment of System Conditions

  • Online Process Monitoring using Computational Intelligence Methods

  • Passive Control of Nuclear Reactors

  • Modeling and Hierarchical Hybrid Control of Complex Processes

  • Process Control Systems Security

  • Model-based Design for Advanced Safeguards and Proliferation Detection

  • Online Statistical Process Control & Operational Performance Monitoring Systems

  • Operations Modeling and Analysis of Nuclear Processes and Facilities

Demonstration Facilities

  • INL Machine Condition Monitoring (MCM)

  • Numerous Computer-Aided Development Platforms​