Defining and Retrieving Themes in Nuclear Regulations

by Nicolas Sannier, Benoit Baudry
Abstract:
Safety systems in nuclear industry must conform to an increasing set of regulatory requirements. These requirements are scattered throughout multiple documents expressing different levels of requirements or different kinds of requirements. Consequently, when licensees want to extract the set of regulations related to a specific concern, they lack explicit traces between all regulation documents and mostly get lost while attempting to compare two different regulatory corpora. This paper presents the regulatory landscape in the context of digital Instrumentation and Command systems in nuclear power plants. To cope with this complexity, we define and discuss challenges toward an approach based on information retrieval techniques to first narrow the regulatory research space into themes and then assist the recovery of these traceability links.
Reference:
Defining and Retrieving Themes in Nuclear Regulations (Nicolas Sannier, Benoit Baudry), In Proceedings of the Requirements Engineering and Law workshop (RELAW’12) at RE’12, 2012.
Bibtex Entry:
@inproceedings{Sannier12b,
    	Abstract = {Safety systems in nuclear industry must conform to an
        increasing set of regulatory requirements. These requirements are
        scattered throughout multiple documents expressing different
        levels of requirements or different kinds of requirements.
        Consequently, when licensees want to extract the set of regulations
        related to a specific concern, they lack explicit traces between all
        regulation documents and mostly get lost while attempting to
        compare two different regulatory corpora.
        This paper presents the regulatory landscape in the context of
        digital Instrumentation and Command systems in nuclear power
        plants. To cope with this complexity, we define and discuss
        challenges toward an approach based on information retrieval
        techniques to first narrow the regulatory research space into
        themes and then assist the recovery of these traceability links.},
    	Address = {Chicago, USA},
    	keywords = {MDE, RE},
    	Author = {Sannier, Nicolas and Baudry, Benoit},
    	Booktitle = {Proceedings of the Requirements Engineering and Law workshop (RELAW'12) at RE'12},
    	Month = sep,
    	Title = {Defining and Retrieving Themes in Nuclear Regulations},
    	X-Country = {USA},
    	X-International-Audience = {yes},
    	X-Language = {EN},
    	X-Proceedings = {yes},
    	x-abbrv = {RELAW},
    	pages = {-},
    	url = {http://hal.inria.fr/docs/00/72/18/26/PDF/RELAW2012_Sannier_Baudry-cr.pdf},
    	Year = {2012}}