7:45 – 8:30 Registration (Ballroom Lobby) 

Continental Breakfast (Indoor Quad)

8:30 – 8:50 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Ballroom) 

  • Michael B. Silevitch, Robert D. Black Professor of Engineering, Northeastern University,  co-Director, ALERT, Research Translation Core Leader, PROTECT, and Director, Gordon-CenSSIS
  • David Luzzi, Dean of Engineering, Northeastern University
  • Mel Bernstein, Vice Provost for Research, Northeastern University


8:50 – 10:10 Plenaries (Ballroom) 

  • DHS Research and Development to Deployment
    Eric Houser, Director, Explosives Division, Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
  • NIH and EPA Efforts in Fostering the Development of Innovative Environmental Technologies
    Heather Henry: Program Administrator, Superfund Research Program, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    - & -
    Jeff Heimerman, Acting Director, Technology Innovation and Field Services Division, Environmental Protection Agency
10:10 – 10:30 Break 

  • Refreshments served in Indoor Quad
10:30 – 1:05 Application-Oriented Parallel Sessions 


Homeland Security and Defense Applications – Advanced Processing for Explosives Detection 

Moderator: David A. Castañón, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University, ALERT Thrust Leader

Location: 4th Floor Suites (444 CSC)

Homeland Security and Defense Applications – New Sensor Concepts for Explosives Detection 

Moderator: Carey M. Rappaport, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, ALERT Deputy Director and Thrust Leader

Location:  Ballroom

Environmental Health Applications – Research Transition to Technology and Policy 

Moderator: Thomas C. Sheahan, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, PROTECT Training Leader

Location: Senate (333 CSC)

10:30  – 11:05 Compressive Information Extraction for Video Analytics 

Researcher: Octavia Camps, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Northeastern University

Realist: Michael Young, Federal Security Director, Cleveland (OH) Transportation Security Administration

Advanced Sensor Technologies for Next-Generation UAVs 

Researcher: Vince Harris, William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Northeastern University

Realist: Anthony Marinilli, Chief Hardware Engineer, Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance, Raytheon Company

Nanotechnology for Mercury Capture and Sequestration 

Researcher: Robert Hurt, Professor and Director, Institute for Molecular and Nanoscale Innovation, Brown University

Realist: Katherine Gordon, Managing Director, Technology Ventures Office, Brown University

11:10 – 11:45 Emerging Methods in Model-Based Reconstruction for Security Screening 

Researcher: Charles Bouman, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Realist: Matthew Merzbacher, Manager of Machine Vision and Innovation, Morpho Detection

Thermodynamic Based Sensors for the Detection of Explosives and Explosive Precursors 

Researcher: Otto Gregory, Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island

Realist: Michael Curran, President and CEO, Sensor Tech Inc.

Evaluation of Potential Strategies for the Effective Remediation of Arsenic-Contaminated Superfund Sites 

Researcher: Benjamin Bostick, Lamont Associate Research Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University

Realist: Michael J. Webster, Principal, GeoInsight Inc.

11:50 – 12:25 Real-Time Airport Security Checkpoint Surveillance Using a Camera Network 

Researcher: Richard Radke, Associate Professor, Electrical, Computer & Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Realist: John Pearson, Manager of Government Programs, Siemens Corporate Research

Recent development of terahertz science and technology for national security applications

Researcher: Xi-Cheng Zhang, J. Erik Jonsson ’22 Distinguished Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Center for Terahertz Research Director

Realist: David Hurley, Distinguished Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering Department, Idaho National Laboratory

Solar powered remediation of contaminated groundwater 

Researcher: Akram Alshawabkeh, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University, PROTECT Director

Realist: Michael Miller, Principal/Environmental Chemist/Remedial Technologies Sub-Discipline Leader, CDM Inc.

12:30-1:05 Recent Results in Machine Learning with Applications to Homeland Security

Researcher: David A. Castañón, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University, ALERT Thrust Leader

Realist: Richard Bijjani, Chief Technology Officer, Reveal Imaging Technologies

Improved Concealed Body-worn Explosives Detection with Multi-static Millimeter-Wave Radar 

Researcher: Carey Rappaport, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, ALERT  Deputy Director

Realist: Kristofer Roe, Director of Security and Inspection Technology, Smiths Detection

Spatial Optimization for Sampling and Monitoring 

Researcher: Christopher Barr, Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health

Realist: Joseph Cattafe, CDM Inc.


1:05 – 2:45 Lunch Buffet (Indoor Quad)
sponsored by Siemens Corporate Research -
1:10 – 2:10 Research Poster Preview (Ballroom)
- sponsored by Raytheon Company - 

  • 1:10-1:40 Homeland Security and Defense Poster Preview
  • 1:40-2:10 Environmental Health Poster Preview
2:10– 5:00 Research Poster Presentations (McLeod Suites)  

  • Coffee and Pastries available 3:00 – 5:00 in McLeod
5:00 Student Poster Awards Announced (McLeod Suites)
5:15 Adjourn