Ribbon-​​Cutting for the Home­land Secu­rity Center of Excel­lence for Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​Related Threats on Thursday, October 30

BOSTON – October 27, 2008 – North­eastern Uni­ver­sity will inau­gu­rate the Center for Aware­ness and Local­iza­tion of Explosives-​​Related Threats (ALERT) on Thursday, October 30, 2008. ALERT, a new research Center of Excel­lence for Explo­sives Detec­tion, Mit­i­ga­tion & Response, is funded by the Depart­ment of Home­land Security.

(Image: An example of video analysis used to detect anom­alous behav­iors such as poten­tial sui­cide bombers and other terrorists)

The cer­e­mony will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Raytheon Amphithe­atre, located in Northeastern’s Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston. (For a campus map, click on the fol­lowing link: http://​www​.north​eastern​.edu/​c​a​m​p​u​s​m​ap/). North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun will make the opening remarks, fol­lowed by Jay M. Cohen, Under­sec­re­tary for Sci­ence & Tech­nology for the Depart­ment of Home­land Security.

State-​​of-​​the-​​art home­land secu­rity tech­nolo­gies that are cur­rently being devel­oped by ALERT indus­trial part­ners, including Ana­logic, Gen­eral Elec­tric, Raytheon, Siemens, Amer­ican Sci­ence & Engi­neering and Zomega, will be show­cased from 10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The ALERT inau­gu­ra­tion will take place during the annual two-​​day Research & Indus­trial Col­lab­o­ra­tion Con­fer­ence (RICC), hosted by another Northeastern-​​led research center, the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Sub­sur­face Sensing and Imaging Sys­tems (Gordon-​​CenSSIS).

The ALERT team rep­re­sents leaders of industry and acad­emia, and I am con­fi­dent that the research done by ALERT will be trans­lated into highly-​​effective methods of pre­venting ter­rorist attacks,” says North­eastern Pro­fessor Michael Sile­vitch, co-​​Director of ALERT.

About the ALERT Center

Co-​​led by North­eastern and the Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Island, ALERT is a part­ner­ship between leaders in acad­emia, industry and lab­o­ra­to­ries that are col­lab­o­rating on research projects that will lead to the devel­op­ment of cutting-​​edge tech­nology to pro­tect the United States from explosive-​​related threats. ALERT research focuses on the long-​​range needs of home­land secu­rity, including devel­oping an ultra-​​reliable pas­senger and cargo screening method, the neu­tral­iza­tion of newly impro­vised explo­sives, detec­tion of sui­cide bombers at ranges as great as a foot­ball field using infrared or radar tech­nology and the design of blast resis­tant com­posite materials.

About the Gordon-​​CenSSIS Research & Indus­trial Col­lab­o­ra­tion Conference

Northeastern’s Bernard M. Gordon Center for Sub­sur­face Sensing & Imaging Sys­tems (Gordon-​​CenSSIS), a National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Engi­neering Research Center, will host the 9th annual RICC on Wednesday and Thursday, October 29 and 30, 2008. The two-​​day con­fer­ence will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions and work­shops by mem­bers of industry, acad­emia and gov­ern­ment and will pro­vide the oppor­tu­nity for atten­dees to talk about ways in which they can col­lab­o­rate. The focus this year will be on advanced sensing and imaging technologies.

On Wednesday, October 29, there will be a series of talks focusing on advanced home­land secu­rity and bio­med­ical tech­nolo­gies. Fol­lowing these talks, lunch will be served and stu­dents will present their research in a poster ses­sion. In addi­tion, there will be a cel­e­bra­tion of ALERT with speakers from the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity (DHS) and state government.

On Thursday, October 30, the ses­sions will focus on ter­a­hertz wave imaging and spec­troscopy and it’s appli­ca­tions in med­i­cine, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals and biology. Pre­sen­ta­tions will be made by experts from insti­tu­tions such as the DHS, the Uni­ver­sity of Liv­er­pool, the Naval Sur­face War­fare Center, Nagoya Uni­ver­sity and MIT.

For a full schedule of events and ses­sions, please click on the fol­lowing link: http://​www​.censsis​.neu​.edu/​R​I​C​C​/​2​0​08/

For more infor­ma­tion about the Research and Indus­trial Col­lab­o­ra­tion Con­fer­ence, please con­tact Mariah Nobrega at (617) 373‑3031 or via email at m.​nobrega@​neu.​edu. For more infor­ma­tion about CenSSIS or ALERT, please con­tact Jenny Eriksen at (617) 373‑2802 or via email at j.​eriksen@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.