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

ADSA20 Presentations are now available to view.

The twentieth Workshop for Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA20) was held on May 15 and 16, 2019, at Northeastern University in Boston. The workshop addressed the topic of the design, development, testing, deployment and operation of effective 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.

Specific topics that will be addressed include:

  • Defining effective
  • Effectiveness for other stakeholders: airlines and passengers
  • Effectiveness for other venues: subway, rail, and cargo
  • Human in the loop
  • Positive predictive value improvement
  • Detection versus deterrence versus displacement
  • Role of interconnectivity with open architectures
  • Correct operating point on the receiver operator characteristic curve
  • Application of metadata
  • Rapid response to an adapting adversary
  • Managing the threat list
  • Dealing with imperfect equipment
  • Role of Artificial intelligence
  • Statistical significance of tests and influence of limited training data
  • Application of simulants
  • True versus auto-detection
  • Data augmentation
  • Transition – particularly from academia
  • Reducing time to market
  • Role of third parties

The ADSA20 Workshop was held in conjunction with the ALERT Technology Showcase which was held May 14, 2019 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. For more information on the ALERT Technology Showcase, please visit the ALERT Showcase event page.

Workshop Information

Date and Time: The ADSA20 Workshop was held on Wednesday, May 15 and Thursday, 16, 2019.

Location: Raytheon Amphitheater (Room 240), Egan Research Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Street Address: 120 Forsyth Street, Boston, MA 02115).

Map: Raytheon is #60 on the Northeastern Campus Map.

Participants: By invitation only. Registration fees apply.

Agenda: Agenda as of 05/20/19

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

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