Rapid Response to an Adapting Adversary

ADSA19 Presentations are now available to view.

The Nineteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA19) Workshop was held on October 16-17, 2018 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The theme of the workshop was “Rapid Response to an Adapting Adversary.”

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 that was addressed included:

  • Characterization of emerging threats
  • Development and deployment of automated threat recognition (ATR) algorithms
  • Metrics for assessing adaptability
  • Operator involvement
  • Third-parties, open-architectures
  • Fused algorithms and systems
  • Deterrence and dynamics systems
  • Machine learning, simulants and simulated datasets
  • Networking and cybersecurity
  • Displacement
  • Detecting the terrorist versus the threat
  • Risk based screening using video tracking of passengers and divested objects
  • Biometrics
  • Air cargo
  • Automation of concept of operations (automated screening lanes)
  • Checkpoint CT and prohibited items

In addition, there was presentations on the following topics.

  • Human factors
  • Funding mechanisms and return on investment
  • Passenger experience

Workshop Information

Date and Time: Tuesday, October 16 – Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

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: ADSA19 Agenda [10.11.2018]

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

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