Special Event – New Directions: Data Science for Homeland Security

The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Command, Control & Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis

May 18 – 19, 2017 at Howard University in Washington DC

the Howard motto:  Veritas et Utilitas – “Truth and Service”

Source: howard.edu

2017 CCICADA ANNUAL MEETING – May 18-19, 2017

What: Annual CCICADA Retreat. Calling all members of the CCICADA research community!

When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 (starting at 2:30 pm) through Friday, May 19, 2017 (ending at 3:50 pm)

Where: Howard University, Washington DC

Call for Participation
(send us an abstract for presentations and/or posters to be considered for this event)

Register for the Retreat (Be sure to register by Friday, April 14, 2017. Space is limited.)

Retreat Organizing Committee

Retreat Program

Holiday Inn Reagan National Airport at Crystal City
2650 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202
T: 888-294-5059 / 703-684-7200
F: 703-684-3217

About the 2017 Annual Meeting

Members of the CCICADA research and partnership communities are cordially invited to the ninth CCICADA-wide Annual Meeting, which will be hosted by and held at Howard University in beautiful and historic Washington DC.  We encourage all researchers, research specialists, post-doctoral associates, and affiliated students from across all partner institutions working on CCICADA projects to share their experiences and perspectives at this exciting gathering.  We also find great value in the attendance and engagement of our government and other Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) partners in the annual event and its program activities. CCICADA Excellent!

The goal of the 2017 Annual Meeting is to bring together the numerous and diverse members of the CCICADA research and HSE partner communities who are currently engaged in the center’s research, technology development, deployment and use of that technology, and education projects and other activities.  This year’s event will also focus on CCICADA ‘looking forward’, a strategic road map to the future through the fostering of new HSE relationships, addressing emerging problem and HSE priority areas and developing a broader range of applied and theoretical research expertise and collaborations.

At this year’s annual meeting, CCICADA will explore and relate how its research and education activities over the past eight years have and will continue to serve as a platform for addressing crucial research questions about homeland security and how this research can advance the homeland security mission space.  Within its rich research/technology transfer portfolio, CCICADA has pioneered the integration of rigorous analytics with techniques of elicitation, interviewing and focus group research. This combination ensures that those rigorous analytics are answering the right questions, to advance the HSE goals and successful outcomes.

Again, this year’s program will be held at CCICADA partner Howard University in Washington DC, and will feature both recent research/education discussions and panels including researchers and key policy/decision-makers in the US Government and the private sector.  As always, the CCICADA Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for all CCICADA researchers to share their work through talks, poster presentations and technology demonstrations as part of the event program.   The program schedule will also be designed to include time to promote, networking interaction and discussion.  The meeting will include dinner on May 18th with a to-be-determined invited speaker, panel or discussion.  The agenda will continue on May 19th concluding late that afternoon.

Call for Participation

We strongly encourage anyone who has worked with CCICADA, including all CCICADA affiliated researchers, research associates, post-doctoral associates and students, to submit abstracts for talks, posters or demonstrations for consideration and possible inclusion in the program. Please submit your abstract by NO LATER THAN Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Abstracts submitted after April 19th  may not be selected, in spite of merit.

If you are interested in participating in the Retreat program in one of the ways described above, we ask you to please complete the form below and follow the instructions to upload your abstract.

Presentation Proposal Instructions

1. Complete abstract submission form below. Fields marked with an "*" are required.
2. Upload your abstract, which must contain at least two paragraphs describing your talk, demo and/or poster.
3. Be sure to click on "Send" button when you are done.

Your Name (*)

Your Email (*)

Re-enter your email address(*)


Primary Phone(*)


Title of my contribution: talk/presentationposterdemo

Project Type: applicationresearcheducationtechnology transitionoutreach

I would like to (check all that apply):

participate in a panelpresent a short talkpresent a demo (possibly with a poster)present a poster alone

Any additional comments in support of your proposal:

Click on "Choose File" to upload your abstract here (Word, PDF, PPT files accepted):

Don't forget to register for this event if you haven't already done so.

The 2017 Annual Organizing Committee will review the submitted abstracts and will notify applicants of their decision by Friday, April 28, 2017. In addition, the Organizing Committee will be happy to consider suggestions for the Meeting that you may have.

And please, do not forget to register for this event if you have not already done so.

Please contact the PI/your faculty advisor at your institution for assistance with travel expenses.

Whether or not you submit a presentation or if your proposed talk is selected, we hope that you will attend this great CCICADA event. The Annual Meeting is a stimulating, interesting and fun event, and you reconnect with colleagues from our many partner institutions. You will play an active role in what CCICADA and its priorities look like in the future. We look forward to seeing you.

Annual Meeting Organizing Committee

Fred S. Roberts, CCICADA- Rutgers University

Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, CCICADA-Howard University

Katharine Gurski, CCICADA-Howard University

Mugizi Robert Rwebangira, CCICADA-Howard University

Talitha M. Washington, CCICADA-Howard University

Eduard Hovy, CCICADA-Carnegie Mellon University

Midge Cozzens, CCICADA-Rutgers University

Paul Kantor, CCICADA-Rutgers University

Retreat Program**subject to revision **

Thursday, May 18, 2017 – DAY 1

Location: Holiday Inn, Crystal City

 3:00pm – 3:30pm   Check-in and Event Registration

 3:30pm – 3:45pm   WELCOME
Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, CCICADA-Howard University, Local Chair
Fred S. Roberts, Director of CCICADA
Peter Freeman, Chair, CCICADA Board

3:45pm – 4:35pm   PANEL No. 1: Cyber Security
Moderator: Peter Freeman, Chair, CCICADA Board

Dennis Egan (Rutgers),
Ryan Manning (USCG CG-FAC) (C)
Scott Tousley (DHS S&T Cyber Security Division)
Robin Dillon-Merrill (Georgetown)

4:35pm –  5:25pm   PANEL No. 2: Modeling and Simulation
Moderator: TBN

Kostas Bekris (Rutgers)
Hao Tang (BMCC)
Zhigang Zhu (CCNY)
Syed Mohammad (DHS S&T)
Carey Schwartz (DARPA)

 5:25pm – 5:45pm   Invited Talk: Anthony Kassekert (USCIS) on immigration data research challenges

 5:45pm – 6:00pm   CONTRIBUTED TALK

 6:00pm – 6:45pm   RECEPTION       

 6:45pm – 7:45pm    DINNER and Introductions of Participants                         

 7:45pm – 7:55pm    BREAK

 7:55pm – 8:30pm   Featured Talk: Speaker TBN

 8:30pm                      End of DAY 1

Friday, May 19, 2017 – DAY 2

Location: Howard University

8:00am – 8:30am   Remaining Registration/Coffee

8:30am – 8:40am   OPENING REMARKS
Abdul-Aziz Yakubu
, Howard University, Local Chair
Fred S. Roberts, Director of CCICADA
Bernard Mair, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Howard University (C)
Matthew Clark, Director, Office of University Programs, DHS

 8:40am – 9:25am   PANEL No. 3: Open Source Intelligence (Hoax Calls, Human Trafficking, Social Media)
Moderator: TBN

Ed Hovy  (CMU)
Marty Martinez (USCG CGIS)
Russell Holmes (USCG)
more TBN

 9:25am –  9:55am  Invited Talk: Marty Martinez, Special Agent-in-Charge, US Coast Guard Investigative Service, Chesapeake Region: hoax calls

 9:55am – 10:15am  BREAK – POSTER/DEMO Setup

10:15am – 11:30am   Panel No. 4:  Large Venue/Infrastructure Security
Moderator: Fred Roberts (Rutgers)

Bruce Davidson (OSAI)
Terri Adams-Fuller (Howard)
Richard Fenton (Ilitch Holdings)
Joe Borkoski, Sr. (Regal Decision Systems)
Daniel DeLorenzi (MetLife Stadium)
Sly Servance (Washington Nationals)
Kyle Wolf (DHS PSA)

11:30am – 12:00pm   Invited Talk: Richard Fenton, Vice President of Corporate Security, Ilitch Holdings: designing a new arena for safety and security

12:00pm – 12:45pm  LUNCH and POSTER AND DEMO SESSION

12:45pm – 1:30pm  PANEL No. 5: Education
Moderator: Midge Cozzens (Rutgers)

Asamoah Nkwanta  (Morgan State)
Talitha Washington (Howard)
Martene Stanberry (Tenn. State)
Moussa Doumbia (Howard)
Omoikhefe Eboreime (TSU) (C)
Dexter Harris (Morgan State) (C)

1:30pm – 2:00pm   CONTRIBUTED TALKS or Invited Talks

2:00pm – 2:30pm   Invited Talk: Lewis Roach (CBP) (tentative)

2:30pm – 2:45pm   BREAK       

2:45pm – 3:35pm   PANEL No. 6: Decision Support and Resource Allocation
Moderator: Paul Kantor, (Rutgers)

Al Wallace (RPI)
Endre Boros (Rutgers)
Lewis Roach (CBP)
Arch Turner (DHS S&T)(tentative)
Robert O’Connor (NSF)
Mark Montezemolo (USCIS) (tentative)

3:35pm – 4:00pm   Invited Talk: Abdul-Aziz Yakubu (Howard) on Disease Modeling

4:00pm                     Closing Remarks

4:05pm                     The 2017 Annual Meeting Concludes


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