Welcome to Booster!
Volume 22  December  2014
Letter from the Director
As we approach the end of the year, we would like to thank all of our partners and supporters.  We especially wish to thank our public safety, law enforcement, and DHS partners for continued support while they perform such critical jobs for our communities and country. We are inspired by their dedication and important work that provide the opportunity for us to develop technology to help them in their important jobs. Our team is committed to exploring new technology and software to assist our partners.  We hope everyone has a safe and successful end to the year and a great beginning to 2015.
VACCINE Part of Port Resilience Decision Framework, Data Flows, and Critical Systems Study 
The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) researchers composed of Jim Rice and Kai Trepte of MIT, and Jeffrey Nickerson and Grace Python of Stevens Institute of Technology, together with Rick Luettich of the University of North Carolina and Kaethe Beck, Managing Director of the VACCINE Center at Purdue University, have recently completed a year-long study sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard Research (USCG) Research and Development Center (RDC) to assess the processes, data sources and decision support systems used by the USCG Captain of the Port in planning for and responding to disruptions to port operations. 
The team's study included visits to the Ports of New York and New Jersey, Houston and San Francisco, where they conducted interviews with USCG leadership and personnel in mission areas ranging from search and rescue operations to salvage and recovery.  The team's research approach focused on the following five tasks: 1. Define and Prioritize Port Resiliency Decisions; 2. Identify Information Requirements for the Selected Critical Decisions; 3. Identify Present Sources of Information Requirements; 4. Identify Existing Information Gaps, and 5. Document the Results and Approach.
The research team's observations and data gathered resulted in two white papers entitled Port Resilience Decision Process Framework and Port Resilience Decision Data Flows and Critical Systems. The papers are intended to provide the USCG R&D Center with a high-level outline on the current state of practice and needs for Captains of the Port for port resilience decision-making and support.  
(courtesy of Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce)
VACCINE Research Presented at IEEE VIS 2014
VACCINE research was presented at IEEE VIS 2014 in Paris, France in November. IEEE VIS 2014 is the premier forum for advances in visualization. Dr. David Ebert and Dr. Niklas Elmqvist both presented “VASA: Interactive Computational Steering of Large Asynchronous Simulation Pipelines for Societal Infrastructure.” Abish Malik presented “Proactive Spatiotemporal Resource Allocation and Predictive Visual Analytics for Community Policing and Law Enforcement.” Yun Jang presented “Analyzing High-dimensional Multivariate Network Links with Integrated Anomaly Detection, Highlighting and Exploration.”
The event brings together researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry to explore their shared interests in tools, techniques, and technology. A full complement of research presentations, tutorials, workshops, panels, demonstrations, posters, and exhibitions make this conference one of the largest and most important gatherings of researchers and professionals who specialize in the visual analysis of data. 
Pictured above: Dr. Niklas Elmqvist and Dr. David Ebert address the audience at IEEE VIS 2014 in Paris, France.
VACCINE Joins IIAD 10th Anniversary Celebration
VACCINE joined fellow DHS Center of Excellence, IIAD (Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases), in celebrating its 10th anniversary at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX on November 13th, 2014. VACCINE Engagement and Transition Manager, Heather Connell, and Program Outreach Specialist, Jen Christopher, attended the event and also conducted demonstrations on two of VACCINE’s software tools: SMART (Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit), and GARI (Gang Graffiti Automatic Recognition and Interpretation.) Congratulations to Dr. Tammy Beckham, Director, as well as her faculty, staff, and students on reaching this milestone.
Pictured above: VACCINE provides demonstrations of its SMART (social media analytics) and GARI (gang graffiti recognition) tools at the IIAD 10th Anniversary Celebration in College Station, Texas.
- VACCINE Staff Participate in Fifth Annual Maritime Risk Symposium
VACCINE participated in the Fifth Annual Maritime Risk Symposium on November 18th-19th, 2014 at the CREATE (National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events) Center of Excellence at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
VACCINE Managing Director, Kaethe Beck, and Research Scientist, Abish Malik, attended the symposium.
The theme for this year's symposium was “Worldwide Chokepoints and Maritime Risks.” Chokepoint is a common military strategy term that refers to any enclosed space, corridor, or area where large numbers of personnel and/or resources are forced to pass through, with no reasonable alternate routes. Within the maritime environment, geographical features such as a strait or canal are considered chokepoints. In the current maritime operating environment, chokepoints are important elements to consider for strategic and risk-based decisions
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions Now Accepting Applications 
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program. This program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will engage in research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers. Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Centers of Excellence and DHS. 
The application Deadline: December 15, 2014. 
All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances. U.S. citizenship required.
The 10-week research experiences are offered at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).
Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more.  Additional information regarding DHS Areas of Research may be found on the program website.
DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us at DHSed@orau.org.
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