Hardware Design for “Stand-off” and “On-the-Move” Detection of Security Threats
R3-B.1

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Project Description

Overview and Significance

As the problem of identifying suicide bombers wearing explosives concealed under clothing becomes increasingly important, it becomes essential to detect suspicious individuals at a distance. Systems which employ multiple sensors to determine the presence of explosives on people are being developed. Their functions include observing and following individuals with intelligent video, identifying explosive residues or heat signatures on the outer surface of their clothing, and characterizing explosives using penetrating X-rays terahertz waves, neutron analysis or nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR).

At present, radar is the only modality that can both penetrate and sense beneath clothing at a distance of 2 to 50 meters without causing physical harm. The objective of this project is the hardware development and evaluation of an inexpensive, high-resolution radar that can distinguish security threats hidden on individuals at mid-ranges (2-10 meters) using an “on-the-move” configuration and at standoff-ranges (10-40 meters) using a “van-based” configuration.

As recently pointed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), being able to detect security threats without interrupting the motion of the person under test will be one of the most valuable features of the next generation personnel screening systems.
Phase 2 Year 2 Annual Report
Project Leader
  • Jose A.Martinez-Lorenzo
    Research Professor
    Northeastern University
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Faculty and Staff Currently Involved in Project
  • Juan Heredia Juesas
    Post-Doc
    NEU
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Students Currently Involved in Project
  • Galia Ghazi
    Northeastern university
  • Luis Tirado
    Northeastern
  • Anthony Bisculco
    NEU
  • Chang Liu
    NEU
  • Ali Molaei
    NEU
  • Richard Obermeier
    Northeastern University
  • Weite Zhang
    NEU
  • Alexis Costales
    NEU
  • Christopher Gehrke
    NEU
  • Katherine Graham
    NEU
  • Diego Cachay
    Boston Latin School
  • Joseph Von Holten
    NEU
  • Diego Rojas
    NEU
  • Nabil Kebichi
    Lexington High School
  • Liane Xu
    Boston Latin School
  • Alex Zhu
    Wayland High School