Navigation Links
UC San Diego researchers could help US military thwart explosive threats
Date:7/18/2008

Researchers at UC San Diego are using statistical pattern recognition and image processing to help the U.S. military better detect hidden roadside explosives.

Under a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the National Science Foundation, UC San Diego structural engineering professor Francesco Lanza di Scalea is working on an imagery-based surveillance technique which uses visible and infrared images, analyzed by statistical pattern recognition algorithms to detect and classify suspicious objects such as camouflaged bombs placed at roadside and in airports. Lanza di Scalea is one of a handful of researchers in the United States who was awarded the one-time, three-year NSF grant.

The goal of the NSF program, called "Explosives and Related Threats: Frontiers in Prediction and Detection," is to advance fundamental knowledge in new technologies for sensors and sensor networks, and in the use of sensor data in control and decision making, particularly in relation to the prediction and detection of explosives and related threats. The NSF describes this research as critical to the nation's ability to deploy effective homeland security measures to protect civilians and U.S. military forces around the world.

"What we hope to do is use image processing and monitor different wavelengths of an object to detect a certain shape of an outside container, and to also determine whether it is empty, or if it has some metal inside," Lanza di Scalea said. "We are focusing on trying to detect or identify improvised explosive device (IED) camouflages such as cardboard boxes and cigarette cartons found in Iraq and Afghanistan."

According to the Defense Department, improvised explosive devices account for 50 percent of all daily attacks in Iraq. Of the three types of IEDs (roadside bombs, vehicle-born bombs and suicide bombs), roadside bombs are responsible for the most casualties. The most common IED camouflages in Iraq includ
'/>"/>

Contact: Andrea Siedsma
asiedsma@soe.ucsd.edu
858-822-0899
University of California - San Diego
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. UC San Diego physicists tackle knotty puzzle
2. UC-San Diego Engineering Honor Society wins most outstanding chapter award
3. Experimental Biology 2008 meets in San Diego April 5-9
4. UC San Diego begins trading greenhouse gas credits on Chicago Climate Exchange
5. San Diego Harbor Police Deploy BIO-key(R) Automated Vehicle Location System
6. Biologists at UC San Diego identify key protein in cells self-eating function
7. UC San Diego researchers eliminate drug discovery bottleneck
8. Glowing films developed by UC San Diego chemists reveal traces of explosives
9. UC San Diego researchers identify potential new drug candidates to combat bird flu
10. UC San Diego launches Institute of Engineering in Medicine to accelerate health care tech
11. Researchers identify proteins involved in new neurodegenerative syndrome
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/11/2014)... release is available in German . ... a method that uses the refraction of X-rays through ... images produced with this method are often of much ... in the team of Prof. Franz Pfeiffer are particularly ... and therapy including X-ray phase-contrast imaging. One main ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) need ... effectively, they often prove that necessity is truly ... recently for M. Lorna De Leoz and Stephen ... of glycomics. Glycomics is the study of the ... attached to proteins and lipids and influence cellular ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... July 3, 2014, Shenzhen, China Researchers from Salk ... for the first time evaluated the safety and ... and successfully developed a new method, TALEN-HDAdV, which ... pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC). This study published online ... important theoretical foundation for stem cell-based gene therapy. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):New simple setup for X-ray phase contrast 2A new genome editing method brings the possibility of gene therapies closer to reality 2
... the focus of the Society for Nutrition Education,s 2009 ... small step in fighting world hunger. Food security remains ... attention in order to combat the issues of poverty, ... Education (SNE) encourages its members and the public to ...
... SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 9 Synaptics(R),Incorporated (Nasdaq: ... interface,solutions for mobile computing, communications, and entertainment devices,announced ... the first quarter,of fiscal 2009 on Thursday, October ... will host a corresponding conference call for analysts ...
... Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) have ... developmental blueprint of a vertebrate. With a newly developed ... cells for the first 24 hours in the life ... three-dimensional, digital representation of the embryo. The study, published ...
Cached Biology News:World Food Day brings attention to food security around the globe 2Synaptics to Report First Quarter Results on October 23 2Digital zebrafish embryo provides the first complete developmental blueprint of a vertebrate 2
(Date:7/10/2014)... On July 9 Prime Minister ... Russia,s first national "Industry" award ... is developing a unique project called MabNext . ... number of innovative drugs based on monoclonal antibodies for ... place at the International Exhibition "Innoprom 2014" in Ekaterinburg. ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ... terrorists acquiring sufficient quantities of plutonium or highly ... explosive device. The IAEA also notes that most ... quantities, which can be challenging to detect with ... study appearing this week in the Journal ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... quantum Hall effect in bilayer graphene and shown that ... an electric field. , The fractional quantum Hall ... sheets are exposed to large magnetic fields, is a ... electrons behave as a single system. However, while the ... details of this collective behavior remain not well understood, ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... The new alliance will see the two universities and ... working with business and industry and their complementary academic ... will help to shape the scientific priorities of the ... train up to 300 high-calibre PhD students, will provide ... at NPL, the potential of the Laboratory will be ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Dmitry Medvedev Presented BIOCAD the First National "Industry" Award 2Sensitive detection method may help impede illicit nuclear trafficking 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 3Universities of Surrey and Strathclyde selected as strategic partners in the future operation of the National Physical Laboratory 2Universities of Surrey and Strathclyde selected as strategic partners in the future operation of the National Physical Laboratory 3
... Gen-Probe Incorporated,(Nasdaq: GPRO ) announced today that ... and chief operating officer, effective March 1, 2008., ... of 2007 as executive vice,president and chief operating ... research and development, manufacturing, and,sales and marketing., ...
... be held on Thursday, February 21, 2008 at 5:00 ... (Eastern) / 9:00 pm (Beijing/Hong Kong), SHENYANG, China, ... biotechnology company focused on researching,developing, manufacturing and marketing biopharmaceutical ... for the fourth,quarter and full year ended December 31, ...
... Products,Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: TKER), a manufacturer and ... today,reported that it has installed its equipment to ... new plant operated by one of the,top 10 ... test of the,application to gauge its effectiveness, during ...
Cached Biology Technology:Carl Hull Named President and Chief Operating Officer of Gen-Probe 2Carl Hull Named President and Chief Operating Officer of Gen-Probe 33SBio Inc. Schedules 2007 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Earnings Release on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 2Tasker Products Installs Scalder Application at New Poultry Processor's Facility 2Tasker Products Installs Scalder Application at New Poultry Processor's Facility 3
Recombinant Equine IL-6...
... two highly efficient methods of identifying recombinant ... By using the large-scale screen method in ... is to transfer partial colonies of E. ... into the solutions provided by the kits ...
... Fernandez and G. Butcher (1998). • The ... much research in the immunology area. There ... MHC proteins and in their function as ... faced with the prospect of tackling biochemical ...
actin from rabbit muscle Cell Biology Cytoskeletal Probes Actin and Actin Probes...
Biology Products: