ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats) is a multi-university Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence (COE).

One of 9 Centers of Excellence across the country, ALERT is a multi-university, multi-institution, partnership that conducts transformational research, technology and educational development for effective response to explosives-related threats.

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News & Events

April 23, 2024
CBP-ADEPT Workshop 6: Seaport of the Future

Customs and Border Protection – Advanced Developments Encompassing Processes (CBP-ADEPT) Workshop 6: Seaport of the Future, is being held to understand U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) needs for enhanced technologies and processes to interdict contraband for future seaports.

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August 24, 2023
CBP-ADEPT-05 Workshop on Advanced Developments Encompassing Processes and Technologies for Customs and Border Protection

ALERT convened the annual Customs and Border Protection Advanced Developments Encompassing Processes and Technologies (CBP-ADEPT05) workshop on July 25 and 26, 2023 at Northeastern University. Participants were welcomed by ALERT’s Founding Director, Michael Silevitch, who is also the Director of current DHS COE, Soft Target Engineering to Neutralize the Threat Reality (SENTRY). Opening remarks were […]

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December 16, 2021
ALERT Transitions to a DHS S&T Emeritus Center of Excellence

In our latest video, ALERT Director Michael Silevitch discusses ALERT’s impact over the years, including but not limited to, the test beds and task orders that have been ushering ALERT technology into the field and into industrial partnerships.

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Innovation Fast Track

EXCLUSIVE TO CENTER MEMBERS: Log in to explore your Innovation Fast Track, an online portal that gives you one-stop access to center researchers, funding opportunities, exclusive events and more.

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Student Central

Students, get connected with Industry Partners, find out about research and volunteer opportunities within ALERT, or get advice on how to best showcase your work at Student Central.

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The Partnership

ALERT is led by Northeastern University (NEU) and includes three key academic strategic partners: Boston University, Purdue University, and University of Rhode Island (URI).

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