Protecting Surface Transportation and Other Soft Targets

Workshop Information

Presentations from ADSA25 are now available here

Date and Time: ADSA25 occurred on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 from 9:00am to 6:00pm ET and Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 from 8:00am to 4:00pm ET both in-person in Boston and an option to participate virtually.

Participants: By invitation only.

Agenda: Agenda as of 04/28/2022

Attendee List: ADSA25 Attendee List

Speaker Bio: Speaker Bio as of 05/09/2022

Location: 17th Floor Event Space, East Village Building, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (Street Address: 291 Saint Botolph Street, Boston, MA 02115), and virtually online.

Fees: There will be a $100 registration fee to defray the costs of hosting the in-person event and supporting the virtual event. The registration fee will be waived for presenters and people associated with ALERT and SENTRY.


Inn at Longwood ($209/night): Book your reservations now through the Hotel’s reservations line at 1 (800) 468-2378 or (617) 731-4700 by asking for group code NEUA0522  by  4/15/2022  or use the following link: 

The Colonnade ($269/night): Book your reservations now by 4/11/2022 through this link: 

ADSA25 will address the topic of Protecting Surface Transportation and Other Soft Targets.” Additional topics that will be covered include:

  • Detecting people with malicious intent and their weapons
  • Hardening venues
  • Rapid response to events
  • System integrity, transparency and bias in AI/ML algorithms
  • Emerging technologies
  • Protection case studies

If you have any comments on ADSA, would like to present or attend, or believe additional people should be invited to register, please contact the following people, who are organizing the workshop:

The final reports and presentations for previous ADSA workshops can be found at the following link:

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Tiffany Lam at [email protected].

The ADSA workshops are convened by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Emeritus Center of Excellence (COE) for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT) at Northeastern University (NU). This workshop will also be convened by NU’s new DHS Center of Excellence entitled Soft target Engineering to Neutralize the Threat RealitY (SENTRY), which will address protecting soft targets.

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