May 2019
ALERT Hosts Technology Showcase & ADSA20
Earlier this month, the ALERT Center of Excellence hosted the ALERT Technology Showcase (May 14th) in conjunction with the ADSA20 Workshop (May 15th & 16th) at Northeastern University. The ALERT Technology Showcase featured presentations, posters, and technology demonstrations of the Center’s research and tools and highlighted the Center’s collaborative work with industry and government stakeholders. The twentieth workshop for Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA20) addressed the theme of “design, development, testing, deployment, and operation of effective systems.” More than 160 attendees from academia, industry, and government participated in the ALERT Technology Showcase and ADSA20 Workshop, resulting in two of the most engaging events ALERT has hosted yet. 

Photo: K9 Figaro waits patiently to participate in a demo of TEAS (Trace Explosives Aids for Scent), which ALERT developed in collaboration with DetectaChem, and showcased at the recent ALERT Technology Showcase as an example of safer training aids for explosives detection canines and first responders. 
Newest Industrial Partners: 908 Devices and Rigaku Analytical Devices
This spring, the ALERT Center of Excellence welcomed 908 Devices and Rigaku Analytical Devices as the Center’s newest industrial members thanks to their generous donations of equipment to further ALERT research efforts at the University of Rhode Island (URI).
Researcher Spotlight: Joel Greenberg (Video)
Watch the newest ALERT Researcher Spotlight video on Joel Greenberg, Associate Research Professor at Duke University and Principal Investigator on ALERT Project R1-C.3, and the research he is conducting on computational sensing and its application to aviation security.
ALERT Researchers Awarded Patent
ALERT researchers, Professor Carey Rappaport and Professor Jose Martinez-Lorenzo of Northeastern University were awarded a patent for an “On-the-Move Millimeter Wave Interrogation System with a Hallway of Multiple Transmitters and Receivers” on May 21, 2019. Find out more about how their patented system could improve screening at the checkpoint.
Registration is Open for the 2019 COE Summit (July 30th - August 1st)!
ALERT is pleased to invite you to the 2019 Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence Summit, which will be held July 30th - August 1st at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). This year’s summit theme is “Homeland Security Challenges: Evolving Threats and Dynamic Solutions." This event is sponsored by the national network of university-led U.S. Department of Homeland Security Centers of Excellence (COEs), an extended consortium of hundreds of universities conducting research and education to address homeland security challenges. Space is limited, so register today!
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.