Collection and Use of Metadata for Improving Aviation Security Systems

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The Eighteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA18) Workshop was held on May 15-16, 2018 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The theme of the workshop was “Collection and Use of Metadata for Improving Aviation Security Systems.”

The ADSA workshops are convened by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence (COE) for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) at Northeastern University. ALERT is supported by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate through the DHS Office of University Programs. The workshop addressed the topic of collecting and using metadata. Specific topics addressed included:

  • Why does metadata need to be collected?
  • What metadata needs to be collected?
  • How should the metadata be used?
  • Who can collect the metadata?
  • How is the metadata disseminated?
  • Passenger compliance to supplying and using metadata
  • Legal and privacy issues

In addition, presentations were given on the following topics:

  • Behavior detection
  • Grand challenges
  • Cybersecurity
  • Standards (DICOS)
  • Comparison of different funding methods

These workshops are by invitation only. Please contact Tiffany Lam at [email protected] if you are interested in attending.

Workshop Information

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16. Location: 17th Floor Event Space, East Village, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Street Address: 291 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115). Map: East Village is #82 on the Northeastern Campus Map. Participants: By invitation only. Registration fees apply. Agenda: ADSA18_Agenda [DRAFT 05.10.2018] The final reports for all previous ADSA workshops can be found at:

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