September 2017 - In This Issue:

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Wig 
Northeastern University, Electrical Engineering, B.S.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Wig, a Northeastern University (NU) Electrical Engineering undergraduate conducting ALERT research, for receiving the Society of Women Engineers GE Women's Network Scholarship! Elizabeth will receive this award, which comes with a $5,000 stipend, in October 2017 at the SWE Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. Elizabeth has been working with ALERT R3 Thrust Leader, Professor Carey Rappaport since Summer 2016, conducting research on "Computational Models & Algorithms for Millimeter Wave Whole Body Scanning for AIT," in collaboration with Smiths Detection (Project R3-A.2). 

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ALERT Phase 2 Year 4 Annual Report 
Available Online
ALERT is proud to announce that the Phase 2 Year 4 Annual Report  is now available for download online. This report details ALERT's continued research and includes a full bibliography of peer-reviewed publications and presentations conducted under ALERT support, as well as descriptions of the efforts of the following components: Research and Transition, Education, Strategic Studies, Safety, Information Protection Program, and Industrial and Government Partnerships.

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Video: ALERT Undergrads in the AIT Lab
Hear from NU Undergrads on their ALERT Summer Research Experiences
Engineering undergraduates at Northeastern University, Jacob Londa, Daniel Castle, and Nikhil Phatak, describe their experience this summer working on the ALERT AIT (Advanced Imaging Technology) project, which is led by ALERT Deputy Director, Prof. Carey Rappaport, a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Northeastern University. 

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Dr. Rinaldi Designs "Sleeping" Sensors
ALERT Researcher Receives DARPA Grant 
Dr. Matteo Rinaldi, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University has been awarded a DARPA grant to build a new type of sensor that consumes no power whatsoever in standby mode. Dr. Rinaldi's sensor would allow DARPA and other organizations to deploy large networks of sensors that continuously monitor the environment, without consuming any power in standby mode. This could make warzones or other hazardous locations much safer, and the sensors would be less expensive to maintain than current sensors.
2017 Industrial Advisory Board Meeting
October 16, 2017 

ALERT is hosting its annual Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) meeting at the  Kostas Research Institute ( Burlington, MA). The  event will include many of ALERT's industrial members, representatives from ALERT's DHS OUP customers and other DHS components, such as DHS S&T, FEMA, and CBP, as well as representatives from OSHA.  ALERT's annual IAB Meeting, and other members-only events give industrial members the opportunity to network with other members, faculty from ALERT's partner institutions, and local, state, and federal representatives.
Research Awards & Accomplishments
Professors Bouman, Martinez-Lorenzo, and Gregory

Prof. Bouman of Purdue University has been nominated for an ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Gordon Bell Prize (Project R4-B.1). Prof. Martinez-Lorenzo of Northeastern University was awarded a $546K Department of Energy (DOE) grant (Projects R3-B.1 & R3-B.2). Prof. Gregory of the University of Rhode Island was granted a patent for "Systems and Methods for the Detection of Compounds" on September 12, 2017. Read more about their awards and accomplishments!
ADSA17 Workshop Approaching
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.

Video Analytics Dataset Available
Reflects Airport Re-identification Problem

As part of the ALERT video analytics effort, researchers at Northeastern University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute developed an annotated dataset that accurately reflects the real-world person re-identification problem. The dataset was constructed using video data from the six cameras installed post central security checkpoint at an active commercial airport within the United States.

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ALERT is now on 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.

ALERT Professional Development Award
Deadline Extended Until October 20th 

ALERT Students: The deadline for the ALERT Professional Development Award has been extended to Friday, October 20, 2017 This award provides up to three students with financial support ($1500 stipend) to attend a conference or visit an ALERT or DHS affiliated lab as part of their research experience. The Professional Development Award is intended to encourage ALERT students to participate in professional development activities throughout the year and to facilitate their future participation in networking and career development opportunities. Apply today! 

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Postdoctoral Position Available at Tufts University
Starting in October 2017

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Tufts Information and Networked Systems (TINS) lab in collaboration with the recently established Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences (CABCS) at Tufts University and the  U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center  at Natick, MA. This appointment would be for 12-18 months with an estimated start date of October 2017.

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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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