Rutgers Selected to Co-Lead Homeland Security Research Center

Rutgers Selected to Co-Lead Homeland Security Research Center

Six-year grant worth up to $30 million awarded to Rutgers- and Purdue-led partnerships; covers research in information technologies to protect nation

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The United States Department of Homeland Security
(DHS) has selected Rutgers
University as the co-lead
for a new DHS Center of Excellence to conduct research into the technological
issues involved with maintaining homeland security.

Rutgers and its co-lead, Purdue University,
will together receive up to $5 million per year over a period of six years, for
an anticipated total of as much as $30 million.

The center is formally known as the DHS Center of Excellence
for Command, Control, and Interoperability (CCI). It will conduct research and
develop technologies, tools and advanced methods for information analysis,
situational awareness, decision support, information sharing and cyber
infrastructure protection.

Rutgers will be the lead
institution for research in the data sciences, and Purdue will be the lead for
research in the visualization sciences. Leading the Rutgers
effort is the university’s Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical
Computer Science (DIMACS).

"Homeland Security’s selection of Rutgers for the new grant
was the result of an intensive competition and evaluation process.” said Fred
Roberts, professor of mathematics, head of DIMACS and the Rutgers
principal investigator for the CCI Center of Excellence. “It speaks to our
expertise in critical, multidisciplinary areas of research and to our
innovative educational programs.”

Roberts noted that Rutgers
will lead a team of partner institutions participating in the new center’s data
analysis activities.

In 2006, DHS awarded Rutgers a $3 million grant to lead a
research consortium to develop computing technologies that find patterns and
relationships in public data that could quickly identify emerging diseases,
indicate possible terrorist activity, lead to more efficient inspection
procedures at ports or help prepare for natural disasters. At the same time,
DHS also asked Rutgers to coordinate a team of
four university-based centers managing $10 million in grants covering a range
of information analysis and computational technologies to protect the
nation.

After that, the National Science Foundation and DHS awarded Rutgers two grants to lead research on detecting smuggled
nuclear materials. DHS also has awarded Rutgers
two grants to provide fellowships to graduate students planning careers related
to homeland security.

The new grant to Rutgers
will continue the work begun under the 2006 grants. In its award notification,
DHS said the Center
of Excellence “will
create the scientific basis and enduring technologies needed to analyze massive
amounts of information from multiple sources to more reliably detect threats to
the security of the nation and its infrastructures, and to the health and
welfare of its populace.”

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