ADSA10 Agenda


DAY ONE – May 6, 2014

Workshop location: Raytheon, Egan Research Center, Northeastern University

7:30 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome – ALERT Michael B. Silevitch,
Director of ALERT, Robert D. Black Professor of Engineering,
Northeastern University

8:35 AM Welcome – DHS Laura Parker,
Program Manager, Explosives Division, Science & Technology Directorate,
Department of Homeland Security

8:40 AM Introduction Carl Crawford,
Setting the Stage
9:00 AM DHS Activities in Cargo Inspection Steve Surko,
Department of Homeland Security

9:25 AM Photon and Neutron Interrogation Techniques for Chemical Explosives Detection in Air Cargo: A Critical Review Tim White,
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

10:00 AM What’s the Problem with Neutrons for Explosive Detection? Harry Martz,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
10:25 AM Break
10:50 AM Hurdles to the Adoption of New Methods II:          The Regulators Strike Back Tim Rayner,
Multix Detection

11:15 AM Air Cargo Explosives Detection Pilot Project – Overview Doug Bauer,
Department of Homeland Security (Retired)

11:25 AM Air Cargo Explosives Detection Pilot Project –  Details Amy Waters,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

11:50 AM SPAC:  CT Scanning of Palletized Air Cargo & Security Challenges for Overnight Cargo Walter Garms,
Morpho Detection

12:15 PM Lunch
Advanced Technologies
1:00 PM Neutron Resonance Radiography Dave Perticone,
L-3 Communications

1:25 PM Two Particle Correlations in Low Efficiency    Detector Systems Ed Hartouni,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

1:50 PM Using Neutrons Richard Lanza,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:15 PM Hardened Unit Load Device (HULD) –           Research and Development History Nelson Carey,
Department of Homeland Security

2:40 PM DHS Applications of  PaX Source Rajiv Gupta,
Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard

3:05 PM Databases and Algorithms for Mass Spec Roderick Kunz,
MIT Lincoln Lab

3:30 PM Reconstruction from Few Projections Stefan Moser,
Fraunhofer Institute for high-speed Dynamics

Emerging Technologies
3:55 PM DNDO’s Integrated Threat Detection Platform Kevin Cronk,
Department of Homeland Security

4:20 PM Signature Discovery Initiative Mark Tardiff,
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

4:45 PM “Big Data” Machine Learning for Prediction and Classification Daniel Acuna,      Northwestern University
Reception, Student Posters, and Networking
5:10 PM ALERT Student Poster Session / Reception
Sponsored by Csuptwo
ALERT Students,
Carl Crawford, Csuptwo
6:40 PM Adjourn Carl Crawford,


DAY TWO – May 7, 2014


7:30 AM Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM Call to Order/ADSA10 Carl Crawford,
Advanced Technologies
8:10 AM Cargo Scanning with X-rays and Neutrons  and the Challenge of Effective Detection Nick Cutmore,
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

8:35 AM Coded source neutron imaging Jens Gregor,
University of Tennessee
9:00 AM From Steady State to Pulsed: A Review of Neutron Interrogation Techniques for Explosives Detection Dan Strellis,
Emerging Technologies
9:25 AM Sparse View CT Synho Do,
Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard

9:50 AM Radar Threat Detection Dana Wheeler,
Radio Physics Solutions
10:15 AM Break
10:40 AM Femtosecond Laser Based Truck Mounted Trace Detection Ted Goodson,
University of Michigan
11:05 AM Interior Tomography and Spectral CT Ge Wang,
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
11:30 AM Lunch
Vendor perspectives
12:15 PM Misc. Topics Ed Morton,
12:40 PM Challenges and Solutions of Air Cargo Screening Kris Roe,
Smiths Detection
1:05 PM Passport’s Explosive Detection Technology Steve Korbly,
1:30 PM L-3 Commercial Offerings Mike Gildea,
L-3 Communications
1:55 PM MVCTC Simon Bedford,
2:20 PM A Mobile X-Ray/Neutron Cargo System for Aviation Security Seth Van Liew,
Wrap Up
2:45 PM Next Steps Harry Martz,
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

3:50 PM Closing Remarks – ALERT Michael Silevitch,
Northeastern University / ALERT
3:55 PM Closing Remarks – DHS Laura Parker,
4:00 PM Adjourn Carl Crawford,
Northeastern Hosts ADSA10

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