News & Events

ALERT Awarded Two New Task Orders November 29, 2018

ALERT received two new task orders from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) to mature and operationalize algorithms being developed to improve the checkpoint. Find out more about the work ALERT is doing on the “Maturation and Validation of Dielectric Characterization Algorithms” and “Correlation of Luggage and Specific Passengers Algorithm Maturation and Deployment” task orders.

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Spring 2019: Upcoming ALERT Events November 29, 2018

Throughout the year, ALERT offers events that provide great networking, training, and technology opportunities to you, our center stakeholders. Check out the events ALERT is hosting in Spring 2019 at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) with the intention of engaging students, faculty, industry, and government on issues relevant to the Homeland Security Enterprise.

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Highlights from the 2018 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting November 29, 2018

ALERT held its annual Industrial Advisory Board Meeting at the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security on October 15th in Burlington, MA. The agenda brought together many of ALERT’s Industrial members, representatives from ALERT’s DHS Office of University Program (OUP) customers, and members of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. Discussion focused on technology maturation, testing in realistic environments, and technology transition.

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ADSA19 Workshop Brings Academia, Industry, and Government Together November 29, 2018

The Nineteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA19) Workshop occurred on October 16-17, 2018 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Close to 150 participants from academia, industry, and government gathered to engage in dialogue related to the theme of the workshop: “Rapid Response to an Adapting Adversary.” Over the course of two days, subject matter experts and leaders from the Homeland Security Enterprise delivered presentations and participated in panel discussions on the topic of collecting and using metadata.

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Job Opportunity: United States Coast Guard November 29, 2018

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) Research and Development Center (RDC) is looking for a qualified candidate to fill the job opening of “Interdisciplinary Position: General Research Engineer/ Physical Research Scientist/Operations Research Analyst” in New London, Connecticut. The deadline to apply for this position is December 6, 2018.

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CBP-ADEPT-02 October 30, 2018

27-28 Mar 2019

The second workshop on Advanced Developments Encompassing Processes and Technologies for Customs and Border Protection (CBP-ADEPT-02) will be held March 27-28, 2019, at Northeastern University in Boston.

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ALERT Researchers Awarded Best Paper at 2018 ICDSC Conference September 27, 2018

Dr. Octavia Camps (Project R4-A.1; Northeastern University), Dr. Richard Radke (Project R4-A.3; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and their research team received the Best Paper Award at the 2018 International Conference on Distributed Smart Cameras (ICDSC) in Eindhoven, Netherlands on September 3-4, 2018. The paper, titled “Correlating Belongings with Passengers in a Simulated Airport Security Checkpoint,” is co-authored by Ashraful Islam, Yuexi Zhang, Dong Yin, Octavia Camps and Richard Radke. The research for this paper was done using data collected for CLASP (Correlating Luggage and Specific Passengers) project at ALERT’s Video Analytics Lab located at the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University.

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ALERT REUs Deliver Final Presentations September 27, 2018

Summer is a time for soaking up the sun, but for seven ambitious undergraduate students who participated in ALERT’s 10-week long Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program, this summer was dedicated to ALERT research! Find out more about the ALERT REU Final Presentations that took place at Northeastern University on August 9th.

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ALERT Leads Trace Detection Seminar for Industrial Partner September 27, 2018

ALERT Thrust R2 Lead, Dr. Steve Beaudoin (Purdue University) led a seminar on Trace Detection at Rapiscan Systems in Andover, Massachusetts on August 17, 2018. Rapiscan Systems, an ALERT Industrial Partner, specializes in providing state-of-the-art products, solutions, and services to meet the threat detection needs at airports, border crossings, railway stations, government and military installations, and high-risk facilities around the world.

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ALERT Phase 2 Year 5 Annual Report Available Online! September 27, 2018

ALERT is proud to announce that the Phase 2 Year 5 Annual Report is now available online! Learn more about the most recent ALERT research and accomplishments!

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