Application to Advanced Imaging Technology (Whole Body Imaging)
ADSA03

The final report for this workshop is available at:

https://myfiles.neu.edu/groups/ALERT/strategic_studies/ADSA03_final_report.pdf.

The purpose of ADSA03 was to discuss how third parties could participate in the development of algorithms for advanced imaging technology, which is also known as whole body imaging. The format of the workshop was as follows:

  • Review existing technologies and general TSA concept of operations
  • Identify areas where advanced algorithms¬† are required
  • Identify efforts in which third parties could play a role in these improvements
  • Establish a roadmap for going forward

The following technologies were addressed:

  • Millimeter-wave scattering ¬†(MMW)
  • X-ray backscatter (XBS)
  • X-ray transmission (TRX)
  • Infrared sensing (IR)
  • THz imaging and spectroscopy (THZ)
  • Nuclear Quadrupole resonance (NQR)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance / Magnetic Resonance Imaging (NMR/NMI)
  • Acoustic

The following applications for advanced algorithms were addressed:

  • Concept of operations for using sensors
  • Modeling of sensors, probe interactions with targets, and clutter sources
  • Reconstruction algorithms
  • Automated threat recognition (ATR)
  • Sensor and data fusion of multi-sensor systems, including adaptive processing
  • Advanced display including privacy filters

Workshop Outcomes

  • One scanning technology alone will not satisfy all of the TSA requirements. Therefore, a system of systems, which is also known as a fused system, will be required.
  • TSA should increase its purchase price for AIT so that additional hardware and software could be deployed.
  • Application programming interfaces (API) should be developed so that systems can be interconnected.
  • DICOS should be extended to handle AIT so that images and the results of ATR can be shared between systems.
  • Simulations should be performed to optimize posing to maximize detection.