April 2021
Bringing Together Stakeholders for a Virtual Tech Showcase
Like many events scheduled for 2020, the ALERT Technology Showcase had to be postponed due to the pandemic. As operations shifted online, ALERT leadership saw an opportunity to expand upon the ALERT Technology Showcase to better demonstrate the impact and transition of its research to the homeland security enterprise.

Leading up to the showcase, ALERT launched the SPARC (Seminars to Promote ALERT Research and Collaboration) webinar series—giving attendees a preview and deep-dive into some of the Center’s technology solutions—and shifted the ALERT Technology Showcase, which is typically held in person, to a fully virtual format.

The newly imagined two-day event was successfully held on April 21 and 22 and brought together 137 stakeholders from across academia, industry, and government for presentations, demonstrations, and panel discussions that highlighted ALERT’s many research accomplishments, technologies, and collaborations.

May 4, 11 & 25, 2021
The ADSA23 Workshop will continue to be held virtually due to COVID-19, occurring on the Tuesdays of May 4, 11 (11:00am - 1:30pm EDT), and 25 (11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT).

The workshop will address the topic of "Autonomous Security Systems," including specific discussions on automated passenger screening, detection of new threats and reduction of false alarms, and testing/quality assurance; applications of interoperability, machine learning, and artificial intelligence; and best practices from other fields using autonomous systems.
REGISTER: U.S. DHS Centers of Excellence Summit 2021
May 17 - 21, 2021 (Virtual)

Hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Centers of Excellence (COE), this summit is a unique opportunity for COE researchers to connect and network with DHS components, federal, state, and local stakeholders, and industry partners on current and emerging solutions to threats and challenges faced by DHS and the Homeland Security enterprise.

DHS COE Summit Panel: COE Models of Public/Private Partnerships
May 19, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. EDT
Are you attending the virtual DHS COE Summit this year? Join us for this ALERT-led panel "Centers of Excellence Models for Public/Private Partnerships" on May 19 at 1:00 p.m. EDT moderated by Michael Silevitch (Director, ALERT) and featuring Joseph Downing (Senior Advisor, John Adams Innovation Institute, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative), Rear Admiral George Naccara (U.S. Coast Guard, Retired), and Andrew Morrow (Technology Licensing Officer, University of Minnesota).
AI Jumpstart: Improving MA Businesses with Artificial Intelligence
Application Deadline: May 3, 2021
The Innovation Institute at MassTech has awarded Northeastern University a $2.2 million grant to fund AI Jumpstarta new program that will allow small- and medium-sized businesses in Massachusetts the ability to deploy cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) tools and techniques to help enhance their business and drive product development. Northeastern, which is managing the program in partnership with Tufts University and Boston University, will provide $2 million in matching support for the state's capital investment, bringing the total project total to $4.2 million. 

Businesses currently operating in Massachusetts that are seeking to introduce, upgrade, or advance their use of data-based computing solutions to improve competitiveness and profitability are encouraged to apply to AI Jumpstart by May 3, 2021.

ALERT Director, Michael Silevitch is leading the AI Jumpstart program. Among the program's leadership team is also Carey Rappaport, ALERT Deputy Director and Bulk Sensors and Sensor Systems Lead.

"The AI Jumpstart program is a powerful model of collaboration between industry, academia and the Mass Tech/John Adams Innovation Institute. It will begin with an AI focus but can ultimately expand to encompass other transformative areas of technology," said Silevitch.

Rapiscan/OSI Systems Internships
Paid Internships for College Students
Rapiscan/OSI Systems, an ALERT industry partner, is seeking qualified college students for the following paid internships:

ALERT is supported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate through the DHS Office of University Programs.