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DHS Science and Technology Directorate's science conference: 'Catastrophes and Complex Systems'

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate's Fifth Annual University Summit will be held at the Washington DC Renaissance Hotel March 30-April 1 2011. This event is DHS's flagship research meeting and is well attended by university scientists, government officials and industry.

The Summit will connect university scientists working on DHS high-priority research areas with DHS components, industry, first responders, state/local officials, lawmakers, and policymakers.

Attendance is free, but registration is required. To register, go to the Summit website at

Approximately 1,000 attendees are anticipated. The event is open to the media.

This year's event is titled "Catastrophes and Complex Systems: Transportation." It will focus on research and development solutions that address:

  • The security of complex transportation systems and their connecting infrastructure; and
  • Ways in which these systems can best be leveraged in mitigating, responding, and recovering from disasters.

During the Summit, competitively selected researchers from around the world will take part in interactive panel sessions to address homeland security challenges. Researchers and directors from the DHS Centers of Excellence (COEs), DHS program managers, subject matter experts, and other attendees will participate in the panel sessions to reveal solutions to homeland security challenges and help shape future university-based homeland security R&D.

Confirmed speakers include DHS leadership, S&T leadership and world-renowned terrorism experts from outside the United States.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Under Secretary Tara O'Toole;
  • DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano;
  • TSA Administrator John Pistole;
  • NFL Director of Strategic Security Jeff Miller;
  • Professor Boaz Ganor, Executive Director of the International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism in Israel;
  • Neil Stansfield, Deputy Director of the UK Home Office, Security and Counter Terrorism; and
  • CBP Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar.

All three days of the Summit will feature the DHS Centers of Excellence (COE) Innovation Showcase (, where attendees will see demonstrations of tools and technologies and be informed of current COE research projects, educational programs, training opportunities, and other available resources for first responders, prospective students, private industry, potential research partners, and anyone else interested in homeland security science and technology.

Showcase schedule:
Open daily, March 30th through April 1st, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Renaissance Grand Ballroom East

Research Innovation Showcase Reception, sponsored by the Centers of Excellence, March 30th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Renaissance Grand Ballroom East

The following tools, educational programs and projects will be demonstrated or highlighted at the DHS Centers of Excellence Research Innovation Showcase:

  • Autonomous Power Station
  • AVATAR Kiosk (Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time)
  • Bus Operator Behavior Awareness Training (BOARD)
  • CAMRA wiki
  • Coastal Radars
  • Communities Advancing Resilience Toolkit (CART)
  • CrimeMap
  • Curriculum Materials on terrorism
  • Electronic Mass Casualty Assessment and Planning Scenarios (EMCAPS)
  • Electro-Optics Surveillance
  • Emergency Response Support System (ERSS)
  • Evacuation Planning Tool (EPT)
  • FASTeggs
  • Food & Agriculture Sector Criticality Assessment Tool (FAS-CAT)
  • Gang Graffiti Analysis tool
  • Geovisual Analytics for Spatiotemporal Crime Analysis (GeoVISTA CrimeViz)
  • GeoXray tool
  • Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
  • Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis
  • Harbor Acoustic Monitoring
  • High Speed Rail Security
  • Homeland Security Summer Scholar's Academy
  • Hyperspectral Image Analysis Toolbox (HIAT)
  • In situ Scour Evaluation Probe (ISEP)
  • Large-Scale Evacuation Traffic Models
  • Latest Generation in Coastal Hazard Modeling
  • Layered Maritime Domain Awareness
  • Maritime Domain Awareness
  • Education and Training Program
  • Minorities at Risk for Organizational Behavior (MAROB) dataset
  • Modeling of Explosive Devices on the Human Body
  • MTI Database on Terrorist and Serious Criminal Attacks against Public Surface Transportation
  • On-Line Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security Analysis
  • Pedestrian Tracking for Video Surveillance
  • Port Operations Modeling for Security Risk Management and Resource Allocation (PortSec)
  • QMRA wiki
  • Rift Valley Fever (RVF) research (vaccines, detection and epidemiology/modeling)
  • Risk Communication Best Practices for the food industry
  • Smart Randomized Monitoring
  • Social Vulnerability Index (SoVI)
  • Society for Disaster Health
  • Software tools for natural language processing
  • Supply Chain Benchmarking Diagnostic Tool
  • Supporting Secure and Resilient Inland Waterways
  • Terrorism & Preparedness Data Resource Center (TPDRC)
  • Terrorism Studies Undergraduate Minor Program
  • Terrorist Organization Profiles (TOPs) dataset
  • Unbiased pathogen detection methods
  • Unmanned Port Security Vessel (UPSV)
  • Visual Analytics Law Enforcement
  • Participating Centers of Excellence and university partners:
  • Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA)
  • Center for Maritime, Island and Remote and Extreme Environment Security (MIREES)
  • Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
  • Center of Excellence in Command, Control and Interoperability (C2I)
  • Center of Excellence for Awareness & Location of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT)
  • Center of Excellence for Zoonotic and Animal Disease Defense (ZADD)
  • Coast Hazards Center of Excellence (CHC)
  • Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protection Program (KCI)
  • National Center for Border Security and Immigration (NCBSI)
  • National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD)
  • National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER)
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
  • National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCOE)
  • Southeast Region Research Initiative (SERRI)


Contact: John Verrico
US Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology

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