Notes from the Editor (DHS Student Papers)

Supplement: DHS Centers of Excellence Science and Technology Student Papers Download the full issue. On March 30-April 1, 2011 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Office of University Programs (OUP) hosted the Fifth Annual DHS University Summit at the Washington, DC. Renaissance Hotel. The Summit theme was “Transportation: Catastrophes and

Consequence Assessment for Complex Food Transportation Systems Facing Catastrophic Disruptions

Supplement: DHS Centers of Excellence Science and Technology Student Papers Yu Zhang and Alan Erera ABSTRACT: This white paper describes our research on vulnerability assessment for complex transportation system facing catastrophic disruptions. The proposed methods attempt to understand the consequences of disruptions to major freight transportation systems, where the consequences are measured here in the

Optimal Defensive Allocations in the Face of Uncertain Terrorist Preferences, with an Emphasis on Transportation

Supplement: DHS Centers of Excellence Science and Technology Student Papers Chen Wang and Vicki M. Bier ABSTRACT: This paper extends a game-theoretic model for identifying optimal defensive resource allocations to the case of realistic multi-attribute terrorist objective functions. In particular, we compare the optimal defensive resource allocations to ten major US urban areas in the

Decision Learning Algorithm for Acoustic Vessel Classification

Supplement: DHS Centers of Excellence Science and Technology Student Papers Talmor Meir, Mikhail Tsionskiy, Alexander Sutin, and Hady Salloum ABSTRACT: Detection, tracking and classifying vessels of all sizes approaching ports and harbors is an imperative aspect to the security of complex maritime systems. This case study is an application of the passive acoustic method for

Vibration Based Damage Detections of Scour in Coastal Bridges

Supplement: DHS Centers of Excellence Science and Technology Student Papers Adel H. Elsaid and Rudolf Seracino ABSTRACT: The ability to ensure the resiliency and to predict the future performance of coastal bridges is very dependent on identifying damages in critical components of the bridge rapidly after an event. Traditional vibration based damage detection efforts focused

Vocal Analysis Software for Security Screening: Validity and Deception Detection Potential

Supplement: DHS Centers of Excellence Science and Technology Student Papers Aaron C. Elkins, Judee Burgoon, and Jay Nunamaker ABSTRACT: Our voices are encoded with emotional information. While it is complex and difficult to develop software to classify emotion and deception from the voice, it is possible. Using experimental methods, this research examines current commercial vocal