Project Alpha supports the IAEA in developing new approaches to make IAEA safeguards more effective.
Project Alpha has a task through the UK Support Program to the IAEA to develop new tools and techniques for trade analysis. Trade analysis is an important aspect of IAEA safeguards as it is one of the few sources available to the IAEA that can reveal the presence of undeclared nuclear activity in a state.
Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Project Alpha also undertakes broader development of tools and techniques with utility in open source analysis. Open Source information, of which trade data is one type, includes everything from academic publications to social media content. The focus of Project Alpha’s work in recent years has been in developing tools to systematically mine and process such data to reveal proliferation-relevant insights that should be reviewed by a human analyst.
It was this work that led to the development of Alpha-POST, Project Alpha’s big data platform. Under this theme, Project Alpha is currently focusing on refining machine learning models to identify safeguards-relevant data.