ADSA Workshops

Advanced Development for Security Applications

ALERT has developed the “Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA)” workshop series. Formerly named the “Algorithm Development for Security Applications” workshop series, the name was changed in 2014 after the ADSA10 to reflect the fact that the scope of these workshops expanded well beyond algorithms as the series progressed. For example, the following topics for development are now being addressed in these workshops: energy sources (e.g., X-ray, neutrons), sensors (e.g., photon counting X-ray detectors, trace), concept of operations, hardening, deterrence, simulants and testing.

Our Next Workshop:

ADSA27 – Implementation and Deployment of Situational Awareness Strategies for Protecting Soft Targets [links externally to the SENTRY website]

Past Workshops

ADSA01 – Application to the Integrated Checkpoint

ADSA02 – Implementing a Grand Challenge for Segmenting Volumetric CT Data

ADSA03 – Development of Advanced Algorithms for Advanced Imaging Technology

ADSA04 – Advanced Reconstruction Algorithms for CT Scanning

ADSA05 – Fusing Orthogonal Technologies for Detecting Explosives

ADSA06 – Fusing Orthogonal Technologies for Screening Explosives

ADSA07 – Reconstruction Algorithms for CT-based Explosion Detection Systems

ADSA08 – Automated Threat Recognition (ATR)

ADSA09 – New Methods for Explosive Detection for Aviation Security

ADSA10 – Explosives Detection in Air Cargo

ADSA11 – Explosives Detection in Air Cargo – Part II

ADSA12 – Personnel and Divested Items Screening at the Checkpoint

ADSA13 – Screening of Personnel and Divested Items at the Checkpoint – Part II

ADSA14 – Development and Deployment of Fusible Technologies for the Checkpoint

ADSA15 – Next Generation Screening Technologies and Processes for the Checkpoint

ADSA16 – Addressing the Requirements for Different Stakeholders in Transportation Security

ADSA17 – Systems Engineering of Aviation Security Systems

ADSA18 – Collection and Use of Metadata for Improving Aviation Security Systems

ADSA19 – Rapid Response to an Adapting Adversary

ADSA20 – Design, Development, Testing, Deployment and Operation of Effective Systems

ADSA21 – Effective Integrated Systems For Aviation Security

ADSA22 – Reducing Operator Cognitive Load in Aviation Security Equipment

ADSA23 – Autonomous Security Systems

ADSA24 – Advancing Collaboration for Enhanced Security

ADSA25 – Protecting Surface Transportation and Other Soft Targets

ADSA26 – Reducing the Lethality of Attacks on Soft Targets

Workshop Objectives

These workshops are convened by Professor Michael B. Silevitch (Northeastern University) and coordinated by Carl Crawford (Csuptwo). Attendees include people from vendors, academia, DHS, TSA and National Labs. The common objectives for all the workshops include the following topics:

  1. Exposing third parties to problems that need to be solved in the aviation security field
  2. Understanding what third parties need to participate in the aviation field including access to funding and problem statements
  3. Developing databases that can be used by third parties
  4. Dealing with classified information and export control restrictions
  5. Protecting intellectual property
  6. Protecting the business interests of incumbent vendors
  7. Publishing results
  8. Identifying promising emerging technologies
  9. Deploying advances made by third parties
  10. Training students to work in industry
  11. Creating a community in which people can share ideas and information
  12. Reducing the barriers for industry working with third parties

Each workshop features presentations from experts in the field, along with in-depth discussions both during and after the presentations. Final reports written for each workshop include an overview of the workshop, recommendations, and slides presented.

Final Reports

Additional information on each workshop including selected presentations, posters and final reports can be found online at:

The DHS Enterprise, Industry and Researchers participate in the ADSA Workshop Series

The ADSA Workshop provides a valuable opportunity for end users, researchers, government and industry to collectively develop solutions for security applications.

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