March 2019
Making Connections at ASPIRE 2019
This week, STEM students from ALERT’s academic partner institutions, and representatives from ALERT’s Industrial Members (American Science & Engineering, Rapiscan Systems, Raytheon, Smiths Detection) and government (Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection) gathered together at Northeastern University for the Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE 2019). The aim of the ASPIRE series is to connect members of the industrial and government communities with qualified STEM students looking for internships, co-ops, and full-time jobs related to homeland security. 
ALERT and Astrophysics Collaborate on Algorithm Development for Multi-View CT
Astrophysics, Inc. announced the introduction of its Multi-View CT cargo system for screening medium-to-high density cargo. ALERT is proud to have collaborated on the development of the system's 3D CT reconstruction algorithms. The Multi-View CT is a disruptive technology that combines multi-view radiographic (X-ray) transmission with 3D computed tomography (CT) to examine complex and cluttered pallets, resulting in reduced labor costs and increased productivity. Photo: Multi-View CT X-ray Image (Astrophysics, Inc.) Multi-View CT X-ray Image
ALERT Technology Showcase (May 14th)
ALERT is hosting a Technology Showcase on May 14, 2019 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. This event will feature presentations, posters, and technology demonstrations of ALERT research and tools. The objective of the Technology Showcase is to demonstrate the impact and transition of ALERT’s work on Department of Homeland Security components such as the Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as well as its impact on the homeland security enterprise as a whole. The ALERT Technology Showcase will be held in conjunction with the ADSA20 Workshop, which will be held on the following two days (May 15-16).
ADSA20 Workshop (May 15th - 16th)
The twentieth  Advanced Development for Security Applications Workshop (ADSA20) will be held May 15-16, 2019 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. The title of the workshop will be "Design, Development, Testing, Deployment and Operation of Effective Systems." The ADSA20 Workshop will be held in conjunction with the ALERT Technology Showcase which will be held the previous day on (May 14).
Save the Date for COE Summit 2019 (July 30th - August 1st)!
The Centers of Excellence Summit 2019 will be held July 30th - August 1st at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). The event is sponsored by the national network of university-led U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence The COE network is an extended consortium of hundreds of universities conducting research and education to address a host of priority homeland security challenges. The theme for COE Summit 2019 is "Homeland Security Challenges: Evolving Threats and Dynamic Solutions." Mark your calendar - Registration for COE Summit 2019 opens in April!
DHS S&T and Israeli Partners Announce Call for Proposals for Advanced Technologies in Homeland Security
The Israel - U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation is seeking proposals for collaborative projects to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission. The BIRD Homeland Security (HLS) program is a joint initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS).

The call for proposals includes six areas for U.S. and Israeli collaboration: advanced first responder technologies, border protection (including maritime security), law enforcement-supporting technologies to combat cyber crime, technologies and methods to secure critical infrastructure and public facilities, safe and secure cities, and unmanned aerial systems.The deadline for submission of Executive Summaries for the Homeland Security Program is April 3, 2019. Projects will be awarded in July 2019.
Conference on Modern Challenges in Imaging (August 5-9 at Tufts University)
Tufts University, an ALERT partner university, will be hosting the Conference on Modern Challenges in Imaging: In the Footsteps of Allan MacLeod Cormack on August 5-9, 2019. Cormack was a Tufts University professor from 1957 to 1995. During this time, his work provided the mathematical foundations of computed tomography (CT), making it possible to “see into” an object without physically breaking it open. Cormack won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for this work. 40 years later, the international conference on Modern Challenges in Imaging will honor the achievements of Tufts University's only Nobel Laureate and keep his thriving legacy up by gathering top international researchers in mathematics, engineering, science, and medicine.
ALERT is supported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate through the DHS Office of University Programs.