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Screening of Personnel and Divested Items at the Checkpoint

May 12 – 13, 2015, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts The Twelfth Advanced Development for Security Applications Workshop (ADSA12) will be held on May 12th and 13th, 2015 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The title of the workshop will be, “Screening of Personnel and Divested Items at the Checkpoint.” The workshop is being convened by the DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT). This workshop is by invitation only. Registration will close on May 5th, 2015 or once capacity has been reached.

Workshop Information

Date and Time: This spring’s ADSA was held on on Tuesday, May 12th, from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm & Wednesday, May 13th, from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Check-in will start at 7:30am on both days.

Location: Northeastern University, Raytheon Room, Egan Research Center, Boston, MA (Street Address: 120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA 02115).

Map: The Egan Research Center is #60 on the Northeastern Campus Map.

Participants: By invitation only.

Agenda: Click Here to View the Latest Workshop Agenda.

Topics Addressed:

Emerging hardware

      •  X-ray and millimeter wave imaging, Terahertz, metal detectors
      • Personnel, divested object and shoe scanners
      •  Emerging algorithms and processes

Reconstruction and automated threat detection

      • Concept of operations, secondary alarm resolution
      • Computer simulations of scanners, objects and testing

Improving the passenger experience

      • Improving throughput and reducing divestiture
      • Integration at the checkpoint
      • Managed inclusion and exclusion

Assessing and using risk

      • Game theory, deterrence, hardening
      • Over- versus under-screening

The final reports for all previous ADSA workshops can be found at:

Registration Fees

ALERT has instituted new registration fees. Each attendee will be prompted for secure payment prior to the completion of their registration. Fee rates are based on attendee affiliation: Government Agency, National Labs and Academia: $100 per person. Industry (Mid-Large Business): $500 per person. Industry (Small Business*): $250 per person. ALERT University Partners, ADSA12 Speakers, and ALERT/Gordon-CenSSIS Industry Members are exempt from registration fees. *Small businesses are defined as having fewer than 500 employees. Registration will close on May 5th, 2015 or once capacity has been reached.

Lodging (Please note: all hotel blocks for a discounted rate have expired).

Hotel Room Blocks have been reserved at the following two Boston hotels for both the ADSA12 for the nights of May 11th and 12th.  Booking information and rates are listed below: The Colonnade Hotel: Room block group code: “NEU ALERT”. Room block rate: $292/night + tax. Please note: the room block will expire on April 20th, 2015.  To book a room at The Colonnade Hotel, please visit their booking link here, or call (617) 424-700. Inn at Longwood Medical: Room block group code: “ADSA0515”. Room block rate: $209/night + tax. Please note: the room block will expire on April 19th, 2015.   To book a room at the Inn at Longwood, please visit their booking link here, or call (617) 731-4700.

Directions and Parking

A Campus map and directions are available online at Northeastern University has two paid campus garages with parking: Renaissance Parking Garage (#62 on the campus map), located at 835 Columbus Avenue, Boston and Gainsborough Parking Garage (#45 on the campus map), located at 10 Gainsborough Street, Boston. Parking tickets will be validated at the workshop.

Reimbursements – Available for ADSA12 Academic Speakers Only

Please see reimbursement guidelines for instructions and information, and please complete our expense reimbursement form and submit along with original receipts (please make photocopies for your records) at the address below. Please include your home address if you would like the reimbursement made to your attention. Reimbursements requests must be submitted no later than 10 days following the completion of the trip or of incurring the expense.

Topics at the ADSA12 in May will relate to Screening at the Checkpoint

In the photo above, Doug Pearl facilitates the Economic Incentives in Air Cargo Screening Panel at ADSA11.

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