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64th IAEA General Conference

21 – 25 September 2020, Vienna International Centre, Vienna


The Future of Atoms: Artificial Intelligence for Nuclear Applications

The side event will showcase the ways in which Artificial Intelligence-based approaches in nuclear science have the potential to advance cancer staging in nuclear medicine and cancer treatment through radiotherapy; accelerate progress in nuclear fusion research; as well as help protect the environment, in particular global water resources from overexploitation and contamination. It will also seek to envision future application of AI in nuclear science and possible collaborative and coordinated research that can be conducted under the stewardship of the IAEA.


Ms Najat Mokhtar, Deputy Director General, IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications (NA)


Ms Melissa Denecke, IAEA
Ms May Abdel-Wahab, IAEA


14:45-15:00     AI in Health Care: Support for Diagnosis and Treatment of Disease

Mr Jan Seuntjens, Professor, McGill University, Canada

Jan Seuntjens will highlight the potential of AI for supporting physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer through better image interpretation, improved treatment plans and contouring as well as allowing efficient adaptive radiotherapy. The generation and analysis of big data can be aided by AI for rapid analysis and interpretation to allow action and improve effectiveness and efficiency of medical processes.

15:00-15:15     AI for Large-scale Mapping of Hydrological and Environmental Processes

Mr Clement Bataille, Assistant Professor, Ottawa University, Canada

Clement Bataille will talk about the potential of AI for using big data in isotope geochemistry with implications for managing environmental, hydrological and ecological resources. As isotope science is entering the big data realm thanks to global collection networks and repositories (e.g., IAEA), using AI is becoming critical to obtain interpretable results and enhance our understanding of environmental/hydrological processes. This emerging field is full of potential to solve large-scale issues ranging from groundwater sustainability to atmospheric pollution.

15:15-15:30     Advancing Fusion Research with AI

Mr David Humphreys, Principal Scientist, General Atomics, USA

David Humphreys will highlight the potential of AI for enabling prediction and control solutions necessary for sustained, safe, and efficient future fusion power plant operation, as well as the opportunities and associated needs in AI areas that would help address challenges in nuclear fusion research through targeted collaborations.

15:30-15:45     Ethical Aspects and Challenges of AI

Ms Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem, Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem will discuss the ethical aspects and challenges of AI, the implications for education, and the role of AI in shaping human futures.

COVID-19 info

Arrangements for GC(64) in view of COVID-19 restrictions
Following a series of Member States' consultations conducted by the IAEA Secretariat on the arrangements for the 64th regular session of the General Conference, Member States have agreed on arrangements so that the General Conference can pursue its work in the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. The arrangements provide the framework for the conduct of the General Conference and are accessible here.


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