CCICADA Homeland Security News, October 2015

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Editors’ Note:

We are pleased to send you the October 2015 issue of CCICADA’s Homeland Security News.

We lead off with a feature story on the work of US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fellow Richard Garrett, who is on the inside track of research efforts to better understand the complicated logistics of responding to large oil spills in the Arctic Ocean.

We also present a report on the work of two students participating in our 2015 Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. They tested the reliability of 3 different walkthrough metal detectors (WTMDs) and made some key findings that are leading to further national research on WTMD operating standards.

Both of these stories underscore the fine work being done by CCICADA to train the next generation of homeland security researchers and scientists, a DHS mandate we take seriously. (cont’d below)


  1. DHS Fellow Garrett Observes Refugio Oil Spill Response
  2. Undergraduates Test Reliability of Walkthrough Metal Detectors
  3. CCICADA Releases New Homeland-Security Teaching Modules
  4. CCICADA Delivers Boat Sharing Solution to Coast Guard
  5. CCICADA Receives Homeland Security Best Paper Award
  6. Cyber Identity Workshop Delivers 30 Research Outlines to DHS’s Cyber Division
  7. CCICADA Contributes to Maritime Cyber Strategy Research Ideas
  8. Morgan State’s Ahlam Tannouri Receives Education Award

On the topic of education, CCICADA has released three new math-based teaching modules for teachers and faculty who wish to give homeland-security-related instruction to students in high school and college. We also report on an education award presented to Prof. Ahlam Tannouri at Morgan State University, one of CCICADA’s 17 partner institutions.

There’s more!

You will find a news story on a boat-sharing solution called Boat Allocation Module II, which CCICADA recently delivered to the US Coast Guard to help it make optimal use of its fleet of vessels amid tight budgets. We proudly accepted a homeland-security “best paper” award for this work at the 2015 Institute of Industrial Engineering Conference and Expo.

In the field of cyber security, we organized with the DHS a “CyDentity Sandpit” workshop, which produced 30 research outlines for the DHS Division of Cyber Security. We also organized a US Coast Guard Summit and as a result helped to develop key areas of research needed to improve the nation’s Maritime Cyber Security.

If you are with one of CCICADA’s 17 partner institutions, we encourage you to contribute a story about your work to a future issue. Please contact Managing Director Jim Wojtowicz if you wish to make a submission.

We encourage you to read our entire newsletter, and to share it with your colleagues or professional network if you think they might be interested.



Margaret (Midge) Cozzens, CCICADA Education and Communications Director
James Wojtowicz, CCICADA Managing Director



The Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA) is one of several University Centers of Excellence within the US Department of Homeland Security.

The researchers at our 17 partner institutions use advanced data analysis, mathematical modeling and other sophisticated tools to help homeland-security agencies and private organizations do a more effective job of protecting American citizens from natural and terrorist threats. We also have a strong education program, which is focused on training the next generation of homeland security experts.

We count among our partners the US Coast Guard, law enforcement agencies such as the FBI and the NJ Department of Homeland Security, sports stadium owners and operators, the Port Authority of NY/NJ and many others. Learn more

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