Faculty Profile

Clair Julia Sullivan

Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering
Clair Julia Sullivan
Clair Julia Sullivan
Assistant Professor
(217) 300-0197

Primary Research Area

  • Radiological Science

Education

  • PhD, Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, 2002
  • MS, Nuclear Engineering, University of Michigan, 1998
  • BS, Physics, University of Michigan, 1997
  • BS, Astronomy, University of Michigan, 1997

Academic Positions

  • Faculty Affiliate, University of Illinois, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 2016 - present
  • Faculty Affiliate, University of Illinois, Department of Informatics, 2015 - present
  • Faculty Affiliate, University of Illinois, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, 2014 - present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, 2012 - present

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Research Interests

  • Radiation detection and measurements; data science; gamma-ray spectroscopy; automated isotope identification algorithms; nuclear forensics; nuclear security; nuclear nonproliferation; sensor networks; big data; new materials for radiation detection

Research Areas

  • Big data analytics for radiation sensor networks
  • Next generation thermal neutron detectors
  • Novel isotope identification algorithms
  • Radiological Science

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • W.H. Casson, C.J. Sullivan, J.M Blackadar, R.P. Paternoster, J.L. Matzke, M. Rawool-Sullivan, Nuclear Reachback Reference Manual, Department of Homeland Security, LA-UR-06-0504, 2006.

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

  • M.H. Jeong, Y. Cai, C.J. Sullivan, S. Wang, "Data depth based clustering analysis," Proceedings of the 24th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems, (29) 1-10, 2016. (doi: 10.1145/2996913.2996984)
  • M. Kamuda, J. Stinnett, and C.J. Sullivan, "Automated Isotope Identification Algorithm Using Artificial Neural Networks," IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, accepted for publication, DOI: 10.1109/TNS.2017.2693152.
  • J. Stinnett, M.M. Watson, C.J. Sullivan, H. Xiong, "Feature Extraction and Isotope Identification on NaI Gamma-Ray Spectra," IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, accepted for publication, in revision.
  • C.J. Sullivan and J. Stinnett, "Validation of a Bayesian-based isotope identification algorithm," Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 784 (2014) 298-305.
  • C.J. Sullivan, S.E. Garner, K.B. Blagoev, D.L. Weiss, “Generation of customized wavelets for the analysis of gamma-ray spectra,” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 579 (2007) 275-278.
  • Y. Feng, J.E. Baciak, C. Sullivan, G. Gardner, “A pixilated design of high pressure xenon gamma-ray spectrometer,” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 579 (2007) 54-57.
  • C.J. Sullivan, M.E. Martinez, S.E. Garner, ￿Wavelet analysis of sodium iodide spectra,￿ IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 53 (5) (2006) 2916-2922.
  • C.J. Sullivan, Z. He, G.F. Knoll, G. Tepper, D.K. Wehe, “A high pressure xenon gamma-ray spectrometer using a coplanar anode configuration,” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 505 (2003) 238-241.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • M.-H. Jeong, S. Wang, and C. J. Sullivan. Density maps based on data. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on CyberGIS and Geospatial Data Science, 2016.
  • J. Stinnett, C.J. Sullivan "Automated Isotope Identification with Bayesian Classifiers," IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, (2015).
  • Y. Liu, C.J. Sullivan, F. d'Errico, "Superheated Droplets Detector for Thermal Neutron Detection," IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, (2015).
  • M-H Jeong,￿C.J. Sullivan, S. Wang, "Complex radiation sensor network analysis with big data analytics,"￿IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, (2015).
  • S.A. Pozzi, S.D. Clarke, D.K. Wehe, Z. He, K. Kearfott, J.C. Lee, A. Hero, M. Flaska, A. DiFulvio, R. Lanza, S. Kemp, J. Fischer, A. Danagoulian, A. Glaser, F. von Hippel, P. Richards, J.K. Mattingly, M. Garces, I. Jovanovic, L. Carin, P. Wilson, J. Baciak, A. Enqvist, A. Farsoni, F. d'Errico,￿C.J. Sullivan, "Consortium for Verification Technology Research Activities,"￿Proceedings of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management, (2015).
  • J.B. Stinnett, C.J. Sullivan, "Automated Isotope Identification of Single-Source and Mixed-Sources," IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, (2014).
  • C.J. Sullivan, "Nuclear Forensics Driven by Geographic Information Systems and Big Data Analytics," Conference Proceedings of the Institute for Nuclear Materials Management on Information Analysis Technologies, Techniques and Methods for Safeguards,￿Nonproliferation and Arms Control Verification Workshop, (2014) 273-286.
  • C.J. Sullivan, J. Lu, "Automated Photopeak Detection and Analysis in Low Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectra for Isotope Identification," IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, (2013).
  • J. Stinnett, C.J. Sullivan, "An Automated Isotope Identification Algorithm Using Bayesian Statistics," IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, (2013).
  • K. Weichman, K. Schoemaker, B. Russell, J. Rehal, C.J. Sullivan, "SEE RADS platform: social, every day, and emergency radiation detection system," American Nuclear Society Student Conference Record, (2013)
  • C.J. Sullivan, S.E. Garner, M. Lombardi, K.B. Butterfield, “Evaluation of key detector parameters for isotope identification,” IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2 (2007) 1181-1184.
  • C.J. Sullivan, M.E. Martinez, S.E. Garner, “Wavelet analysis of sodium iodide spectra,” IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 1 (2005) 302-306.
  • C.J. Sullivan, S.E. Garner, K.B. Butterfield, “Wavelet analysis of gamma-ray spectra,” IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 1 (2004) 281-286.
  • J.M. Blackadar, C.J. Sullivan, B.G. Rees, S. Garner, D.J. Mercer, “Continuing evaluation of isotopic identifiers,” Proceedings of the 45th Annual INMM Meeting, (2004) LA-UR-03-2742.
  • J.M. Blackadar, J.A. Bounds, P.A. Hypes, D.J. Mercer, C.J. Sullivan, “Evaluation of handheld isotope identifiers,” Proceedings of the INMM Southwest Section Meeting, (2003) LA-UR-03-2742.

Journal Editorships

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Sciences: 2012-2015

Professional Societies

  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2000 - present

Honors

  • Mary Jane Oestmann Professional Women's Achievement Award (2015)
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (2014)

Teaching Honors

  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015)
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising (2015)
  • Collins Fellow (2013)
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2013)

Improvement Activities

  • Scholar, The Data Incubator, Washington, DC, 2015