Collection and Use of Metadata for Improving Aviation Security Systems

The Eighteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA18) Workshop  will be held on May 15-16, 2018 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The theme of the workshop is “Collection and Use of Metadata for Improving Aviation Security Systems.”

The ADSA workshops are convened by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence (COE) for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) at Northeastern University. ALERT is supported by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate through the DHS Office of University Programs.

The workshop will address the topic of collecting and using metadata. Specific topics that will be addressed include:

  • Why does metadata need to be collected?
  • What metadata needs to be collected?
  • How should the metadata be used?
  • Who can collect the metadata?
  • How is the metadata disseminated?
  • Passenger compliance to supplying and using metadata
  • Legal and privacy issues

In addition, there will be presentations on the following topics:

  • Behavior detection
  • Grand challenges
  • Cybersecurity
  • Standards (DICOS)
  • Comparison of different funding methods

These workshops are by invitation only. Please contact Melanie Smith at if you are interested in attending.

Workshop Information

Date and Time: The ADSA18 Workshop will take place on Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16.

Location: 17th Floor Event Space, East Village, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Street Address: 291 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115).

Map: East Village is #82 on the Northeastern Campus Map.

Participants: By invitation only. Registration fees apply.

Agenda: ADSA18 Agenda [DRAFT 4.22.2018]

The final reports for all previous ADSA workshops can be found at:

Parking and Other Transportation

MBTA Subway

  • MBTA Green Line/Heath Street Stop: “Northeastern University.”
  • MBTA Orange Line Stop: “Ruggles Station.”

Northeastern University Parking

  • Closest NU Garage: Gainsborough Parking Garage (#45 on the campus map), located at 10 Gainsborough Street, Boston.
  • Additional NU Parking: Renaissance Parking Garage (#62 on the campus map), located at 835 Columbus Avenue, Boston.

Campus Map:

Parking will be validated – please remember to bring your garage ticket with you to the workshop.


A Hotel Room Block will be reserved for the nights of May 14 and 15, 2018 at the Inn at Longwood Medical and the Colonnade Hotel. 

Inn at Longwood Information:

  • The rate for the room block is $209 + taxes.
  • Room block code: ADSA0514
  • To book, visit the hotel website (click here) or call the hotel at 617-731-4700 or 1-800-468-2378.
  • This block will expire on April 20, 2018.

Colonnade Hotel Information:

  • The rate for the room block is $303.
  • Hotel website location and accommodation information (click here).
  • For information on how to book, contact Tiffany Lam at or 617-373-5110.
  • This block will expire on April 24, 2018.

Other suggested hotels nearby:

Registration Fees

Each attendee will be prompted for secure payment prior to the completion of their registration. Fee rates are based on attendee affiliation:

  • Government Agency, National Labs and Academia: $100 per person.
  • Industry (Mid-Large Business): $500 per person.
  • Industry (Small Business*): $250 per person.
  • ALERT University Partners, ADSA18 Speakers, and ALERT/Gordon-CenSSIS Industry Members are exempt from registration fees.

*Small businesses are defined as having fewer than 500 employees.

Reimbursements – *Available for Academic Speakers Only*

Please see reimbursement guidelines (click here) for instructions, cost limitations, and other information. In order to submit your expenses, you must complete the expense reimbursement form and submit a signed copy along with all original receipts within 10 days of the completion of your trip.

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