July 2017 - In This Issue:

Video Analytics Lab Hosts First CLASP Exercises 
Developing Data Sets for the Video Analytics Community 

The newly launched ALERT Video Analytics Laboratory at Northeastern University's Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security (KRI) hosted the first exercises related to the Correlating Luggage and Specific Passengers (CLASP) research project, which is funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These exercises were conducted as a means of collecting video data of passengers moving through a mock airport security checkpoint that simulates real-world conditions. 

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NEWS & EVENTS
Airlines for America Visit ALERT 
A4A Representatives Tour ALERT Labs at Northeastern
 
ALERT recently hosted Airlines for America (A4A), a trade association based in Washington, D.C. A4A member airlines and their affiliates transport more than 90% of U.S. passenger and cargo traffic. A4A's stated purpose is to "foster a business and regulatory environment that ensures safe and secure air transportation and enables U.S. airlines to flourish, stimulating economic growth." As such, A4A's support is critical to ALERT's mission and developing closer ties is of strategic importance to our researchers and our industrial partners.  

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Patents Awarded to ALERT PI
Dr. Rinaldi Awarded Two Patents for Resonators
 
Dr. Matteo Rinaldi, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University and principal investigator for Project R2-B.3, has been awarded two patents for his work on nano- and microelectromechanical resonators. Dr. Rinaldi's research proposes to develop innovative Nano-Electro-Opto-Mechanical (NEOM) sensing technology platforms for the chemical analysis of trace explosives residues. This work contributed to the creation of the novel resonators patented earlier this month. Congratulations to Dr. Rinaldi and his research team for this exciting achievement! 
 
Industry Spotlight
Srikrishna Karanam (RPI, MS '14, PhD '17)

Former ALERT student researcher, Dr. Srikrishna Karanam, reflects on his time with ALERT and how it prepared him for working in the Homeland Security Enterprise. Srikrishna  joined ALERT in 2013 as a graduate student working with Prof. Richard J. Radke at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on video analytics problems in camera networks. At RPI, he earned his MS in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Computer and Systems Engineering. Srikrishna is now working as a Research Scientist at Siemens Corporate Research, focusing on computer vision and machine learning. 
  
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Summer REU Students Working at NU and UPRM 

This summer, ALERT is hosting three undergraduate students to participate in the 10-week Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Northeastern University (NU), as well as two REU students at  the University of Puerto Rico Mayag├╝ez (UPRM). 

ADSA17 Workshop Announced 
October 17-18, 2017 at Northeastern University

The Seventeenth Advanced Development for Security Applications  (ADSA17)  Workshop  will be held on October 17th and 18th at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The title of the ADSA17 workshop is "Systems Engineering of Aviation Security Systems."  The ADSA workshops are convened by the DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT).  These workshops are by invitation only.

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ALERT recently joined Facebook! Follow us online and keep up to date on ALERT's research and education programs, as well as upcoming events and opportunities. Search @alertcoe on Facebook for ALERT updates. 



ALERT Publications
Recent Research from ALERT 

Keep up to date on ALERT research via our online collection of journal articles, conference proceedings, and other publications.

STUDENT & RESEARCHER OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities at Raytheon Company  
Search Over 200 Open Positions

Raytheon Company has over 200 open engineering positions for recent graduates seeking full-time employment, as well as opportunities for students seeking co-ops and internships. Positions are available throughout the country and internationally. For detailed job information and information on how to apply, visit their website linked below! 

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Pathways to Science 
Funding Opportunities for STEM Students  

The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) Pathways to Science project supports pathways to the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) by connecting students to programs such as REUs, graduate fellowships, and postdoctoral positions. Students can sign up online to automatically receive information on research, funding, and professional development opportunities customized to their interests.

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ALERT Core Partner Institutions

Northeastern University (lead)
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