May 2018 - In This Issue:

TSA Administrator Visits ALERT
Top U.S. Airport Security Official, David Pekoske, Visits ALERT to Tour Labs and Discuss Technology Solutions for Aviation Security

ALERT and Northeastern University welcomed TSA Administrator David Pekoske on Friday, May 18th. The visit began with opening remarks from James Bean, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Nadine Aubry, Dean of the College of Engineering, followed by introductions and an overview of ALERT's research presented by Michael Silevitch, ALERT Director. Afterward, Pekoske toured two ALERT labs: Professor Carey Rappaport's Advanced Imaging Technology Lab and Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo's Multi-wave Sensing, Imaging, Control, and Actuation (SICA) Lab. In both labs, ALERT researchers and students presented demos on ALERT technology being developed to make security checkpoints safer. 

"ALERT has a good reputation as a research center that looks at technology solutions in the near term and far term," said Pekoske. "If we see technology and like it, we'll try to find ways to rapidly implement it at our checkpoints."
Read more about the TSA Administrator's visit in News@Northeastern
ALERT Research Highlight
The Largest and Most Systematic Re-identification Benchmark to Date

ALERT researchers, Professor Camps (Northeastern University) and Professor Radke (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and their students, Srikrishna Karanam, Mengran Gou, Ziyan Wu, and Angels Rates-Borras, were recently published in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) monthly journal, Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence. The paper, "A Systematic Evaluation and Benchmark for Person Re-Identification: Features, Metrics, and Datasets," provides an extensive review and performance evaluation of existing person re-identification algorithms.  The research team evaluated 276 algorithm combinations on 10 single-shot re-id datasets and 646 algorithm combinations on 7 multi-shot re-id datasets, making the proposed study the largest and most systematic re-id benchmark to date. 

Networking Opportunity for Students, Industry, and Government
The Annual Student Pipeline Industry Roundtable Event (ASPIRE) was held on April 26, 2018 at Northeastern University. Each year, ASPIRE, hosted by ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS (The Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems), brings together members of the academic, industrial, and government communities to engage in dialogue, and provides networking opportunities for ALERT and Gordon-CenSSIS students looking for internships, co-op opportunities, and employment.
ADSA18 Workshop Addresses Metadata
Academia, Industry, and Government Gather to Discuss the Relationship Between Metadata and Aviation Security 
The Eighteenth Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA18) Workshop was held on May 15-16, 2018 at Northeastern University. About 150 participants from academia, industry, and government gathered to engage in dialogue related to the theme of the ADSA18 Workshop: " Collection and Use of Metadata for Improving Aviation Security Systems ." The ADSA18 Workshop featured more than thirty presentations, including two panel discussions, from subject matter experts and leaders from industry and government over the course of two days. Specific topics discussed included the collection, use, and dissemination of metadata, passenger compliance to supplying and using metadata, and legal and privacy issues related to the topic.

DHS S&T Facebook #TechTalk 
Dr. Laura Parker Discusses Explosives Trace Detection
Explosive threats are a major concern in aviation security and across the Homeland Security Enterprise. In a recent DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Facebook #TechTalk, Dr. Laura Parker (DHS Program Manager for ALERT) discusses Explosives Trace Detectors (ETDs) and how they are deployed as a secondary screening method for explosives detection and why research and development in this field continues to be important to aviation security and other security checkpoints. 

Announcing ALERT's Newest Workshop!
Advanced Development for Security Applications for Customs and Border Protection Workshop (ADSA-CBP-01)
The first Advanced Development for Security Applications for Customs and Border Protection Workshop (ADSA-CBP-01) will be held June 20-21, 2018 at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. This workshop stems from the original ALERT  ADSA Workshop series. The ADSA-CBP-01 Workshop will address problem solving for the following venues, threats, and stakeholders:
  • Ports of entry: mail, parcel, airports, ships, rails and land crossing
  • Transportation: aircraft, rail, cars, trucks, ships and pedestrians
  • Threats: persons and/or contraband (narcotics, agriculture products and intellectual property)
  • Stakeholders: DHS-CBP, industry, academia and national labs
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.

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)

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