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.)

Meeting Organizing Committee

Meeting Program

Accommodations, Travel & Parking

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.

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    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

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    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

    Midge Cozzens, CCICADA/Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

    Katharine Gurski, CCICADA/Howard University

    Eduard Hovy, CCICADA/Carnegie Mellon University

    Paul Kantor, CCICADA/Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

    Fred S. Roberts, CCICADA/Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

    Mugizi Robert Rwebangira, CCICADA/Howard University

    Talitha M. Washington, CCICADA/Howard University

    James Wojtowicz, CCICADA/Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

    Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, CCICADA/Howard University

    Meeting Program
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    Thursday, May 18, 2017 – DAY 1

    12:30pm – 2:00pm   Pre-Meeting Tour and Briefing: TSA Transportation Security Testing Facilities (Reagan National Airport).
    Attendance limited to 25 people by sign-up

    Location:  Holiday Inn Reagan National Airport at Crystal City
    2650 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202

    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)
    Scott Tousley (DHS S&T Cyber Security Division)
    Robin Dillon-Merrill (Georgetown)

    4:35pm –  5:25pm   PANEL No. 2: Modeling and Simulation with Applications to Large Gathering Places
    Moderator: James Wojtowicz (Rutgers)

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

     5:25pm – 5:45pm   Invited Talk: Anthony Kassekert (USCIS)
    Immigration Data Science Challenges at DHS

    5:45pm – 6:00pm   Short Talk: Jie Gong (Rutgers)
    A Systems Framework for Using Remotely Sensed Data in Damage Assessment during Large-Scale Extreme Event

     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: Nawar Shora (Senior Advisor, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, TSA, moving to National Targeting Center, Counter Terrorism Division, CBP)
    Cultural Demystification within Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) – Arab & Muslim Communities: Communication + Understanding = Trust?

     8:30pm                      End of DAY 1

    Friday, May 19, 2017 – DAY 2

    Location: Howard University
    Downing Hall Auditorium
    First floor of L.K. Downing Hall (Engineering Building)
    2300 6th Street NW

    8:00am – 8:30am   Remaining Registration/Coffee/Poster Set-up

    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: From Data to Insight – Information Sharing, Data from Many Media, Applications to Hoax Calls, Human Trafficking, etc.)
    Moderator: Georges Grinstein (UMASS)

    Stephen Dennis (DHS S&T)
    Ed Hovy  (CMU)
    Marty Martinez (USCG CGIS)
    Russell Holmes (USCG)
    Victor Harrison (Object Management Group)

     9:25am –  9:55am  Invited Talk: Marty Martinez, Special Agent-in-Charge, US Coast Guard Investigative Service, Chesapeake Region
    Combating Search and Rescue (SAR) 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)
    Moises Grimes (Monumental Sports & Entertainment)

    11:30am – 12:00pm   Invited Talk: Richard Fenton, Vice President of Corporate Security, Ilitch Holdings
    CCICADA Best Practices Resource Guide & BPATS in Developing SAFETY Act Applications: Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers), Little Caesars Arena (Detroit Red Wings & Detroit Pistons)

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

    Climate and Malaria Transmission Incidences in the United States, 1970-2004
    Richard Damoah,  Morgan State University

    Walk-Through Metal Detectors and Stadium Contraband
    Omoikhefe (Efe) Eboreime, Texas Southern University

    Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Using Principal Component Analysis (PCA)
    Christian Emiyah, Morgan State University

    Risk Information System (IRIS) Viewer
    Jie Gong & Mengyang Guo, Rutgers University

    A Deep Learning Approach with Focus of Attention for Facial Action Unit Detection
    Wei Li, City College of New York

    Garda – Robust Gesture-Based Authentication for Mobile Systems
    Can Liu, Rutgers University

    Stadium Simulator
    Kevin McInerny, Rutgers University

    Randomization and Stadium Security
    Christie Nelson, Rutgers University

    Inference of a Dyadic Measure and its Simplicial Geometry from Binary Feature Data and Application to Data Quality
    Linda Ness, Rutgers University

    Name Variation in Community Question Answering Systems
    Mugizi Robert Rwebangira, Howard University

    MetricVis: A Visualization Tool to Identify Officer Experience
    Chittayong Surakitbanharn, VACCINE – Purdue University

    Interactive Graphical Illustrations of Processed Data
    Alham and Sam Tannouri, Morgan State University

    Mitigating the Perception of Bias in Security Protocol and Enforcement
    Shannell Thomas, Howard University

    Randomization Incentives and Satisfaction of the Patrons
    Sevincgul Ulu, Rutgers University

    Fidelity of Counter-terrorism Best Practices: the Importance of Adhering to Theoretical Foundations in the Absence of Evidence
    James Wojtowicz, Rutgers University

    An Efficient Acceleration of Solving Heat and Mass Transfer Equations with the Third Kind Boundary Conditions in Solid Cylinder Using Programmable Graphics Hardware
    Fan Wu, Tuskegee University

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

    Asamoah Nkwanta  (Morgan State)
    Talitha Washington (Howard)
    Martene Stanberry (Tenn. State)
    Oluseyi Adekanye (Howard)
    Moussa Doumbia (Howard)
    Omoikhefe Eboreime (TSU)
    Dexter Harris (Morgan State)
    Aaron Rowen (RPI)

    1:30pm – 2:30pm   Short Talks
    Zhigang Zhu (CCNY)
    Learning and Utilization of Crowd Analytics for Security and Navigation with 3D Semantic Models

    Georges Grinstein (UMASS)
    Modern Visual Analytics: Interactive Visualization and Machine Learning in Service of Each Other

    Endre Boros (Rutgers)
    Justifiable Learning

    Paul Kantor (Rutgers)
    Estimating Detector Effectiveness in Operational Settings; A Bayesian Approach

    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)
    Arch Turner (DHS S&T)(tentative)
    Robert O’Connor (NSF)
    Mark Montezemolo (USCIS)

    3:35pm – 4:00pm   Invited Talk: Abdul-Aziz Yakubu (Howard)
    Mathematical Models and Emerging Infectious Diseases

    4:00pm                     Closing Remarks

    4:05pm                     The 2017 Annual Meeting Concludes


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