Explosives-detection research for airport security is topic of DHS briefings next month in D.C.

WASHINGTON, 14 July 2013. Explosives-detection experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will brief industry on research efforts in explosives-detection equipment and strategies of finding explosives hidden in checked baggage and carried by airline passengers at airport checkpoint screening systems next month in Washington.

Posted by John Keller
Posted by John Keller

WASHINGTON, 14 July 2013.Explosives-detection experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will brief industry on research efforts in explosives-detection equipment and strategies of finding explosives hidden in checked baggage and carried by airline passengers at airport security checkpoint screening systems next month in Washington.

The DHS Science & Technology branch will conduct the explosive detection industry briefings from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on 15 and 16 Aug. 2013 at the William J. Cohen Building, 330 C St. S.W., in Washington.

These briefings closely follow industry-day presentations that DHS will conduct on advanced imaging technology (AIT) for aviation security checkpoint and people screening on 13 and 14 Aug. in the same location.

The explosives-detection industry briefings will provide updated project and technology overviews, including mathematical foundations, algorithms, architectures, and hardware, as well as experimental results and future research.

Technical areas related to adaptive compressive measurement and the DARPA Knowledge Enhanced Compressive Measurement (KECoM) program technology will also be included.

This two-day event will have presentations and poster sessions from sponsored researchers. A panel discussion with audience questions is included. Expected government attendees will include staff from DHS S&T Explosives Division (EXD), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and other agencies.

Others attending will be from companies in the aviation security business, companies pursuing the aviation security business, companies and organizations with applicable technology including federal labs, universities, and third parties.

DHS is pursuing several research projects to improve explosives-detection capabilities with X-rays. The research seeks to identify novel signatures in different ways from conventional X-ray computed tomography systems and multi-view, dual energy projection scans.

The focus is to enhance capability and probability of improvised explosive threat detection by reducing false alarm rates on several different kinds of improvised explosive threats, while increasing screening throughput, supporting TSA risk-based screening, and reducing equipment life-cycle costs.

Resulting DHS research is expected to define enabling technologies for future screening systems, architectures, components, and detection-and-classification algorithms.

Those who would like to attend should register online no later than 15 July 2013 at www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=AVIA10E. If there are problems registering email DHS's Veronica Leftwich at veronica.leftwich@associates.hq.dhs.gov.

More information is online at https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DHS/OCPO/DHS-OCPO/15-16August2013_Industry_Day/listing.html.

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