Workshop Information

The fourth workshop on Advanced Developments Encompassing Processes and Technologies for Customs and Border Protection (CBP-ADEPT-04) will be held August 17th and 18th 2022, in person at Northeastern University in Boston. There will be an option to attend virtually. The workshop will focus on the following case studies for enhancing the interdiction of contraband as follows.

  • Inspecting sea containers at seaports for multiple types of contraband
  • Inspecting trucks at land border crossings for multiple types of contraband
  • Interdicting fentanyl in postal mail
  • Developing algorithms for automatic threat recognition (ATR)

In addition, there will presentations in the following areas.

  • Stakeholder perspectives (CBP, DHS, operators of ports of entry, industry)
  • Emerging technologies

The workshop is 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.

Please note that participation in the workshop is by invitation only. If you have any comments on the workshop, would like to present at the workshop, or believe additional people should be invited to register, please contact the following people, who are organizing the workshop:

Northeastern University recently received funding for a new DHS Center of Excellence entitled SENTRY (Soft target Engineering to Neutralize the Threat Reality) for protecting soft targets and crowded places (press announcement). The ADSA workshops, which are used to support TSA and used as an example for the ADEPT workshops, have been expanded to address protecting soft targets and crowded spaces.

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