CAOE Quarterly Newsletter - July 2019

July 30, 2019
CAOE project working to improve airport checkpoints


Innovations in Transportation Security

The Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) was honored to host the continuation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Symposium, now in its 5th year. The two-day, by-invitation event, Innovations in Transportation Security held at ASU Tempe Campus, featured keynote speakers and distinguished expert panelists representing thought leaders and senior executives from across TSA, academia and industry.

5th annual TSA - CAOE Symposium


The Symposium launched with an opening keynote address by TSA Executive Assistant Administrator, Security Operations, Darby LaJoye, followed by a keynote from ASU Executive Vice President Knowledge Enterprise, Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan. These opening keynotes set the tone for two days of interactive discussions focused on how TSA, academia and industry can work together to support a culture of innovation to solve challenging and dynamic homeland security issues. READ MORE

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Photos: Darby LaJoye, Executive Assistant Administrator, Security Operations, TSA; Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, Executive Vice President, ASU Knowledge Enterprise; Laura Parker, Program Manager, OUP S&T Directorate, DHS; Michelle “Mickey” Mancenido, Assistant Professor, School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, ASU; Lauren Beyer, Vice President, Security and Facilitation, Airlines for America (A4A); Joseph Chang, Senior Physical Scientist, HSOAC; Col. Jake Graham, USMC (Ret.), Professor of Practice, Pennsylvania State University; Scott Mulligan, Assistant Administrator, Inspections, TSA; Jerry Agnew, Region 6 Director, TSA; Jerry Booker, Director, Enterprise Performance and Risk, Strategy, Policy Coordination & Innovation, TSA; James Bennett, A.A.E, Director of Aviation Services, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport; Alexis Long, Chief Innovation Officer, TSA; Bruce Schneier, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.

Summer Research Experience at UNLV

CAOE developed a customized hands-on summer workshop for select students from University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), a Minority Serving Institution (MSI). The program, an extension of the TSA Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Staffing Analysis project, sponsored by ASU Principal Investigators, Dr. Jorge Sefair and Dr. Ronald Askin, along with Dr. Kelvin Cheu, University of Texas El Paso, attracted twelve students from diverse backgrounds with varied educational goals, all representing interests in homeland security and data analytics. Their major fields of study included Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, and Business Administration.

The four-week summer workshop was conducted from June 3 through June 28, 2019, in partnership with McCarran International Airport Clark County Department of Aviation and TSA Las Vegas. Dr. Sefair led the summer workshop which included a research project and classroom modules on data-driven information systems analysis methods, as well as fieldwork at McCarran International Airport with support from UNLV faculty, Dr. Brendan Morris, and teaching associates, Cristian Arteaga and Kemil Herath. Dr. Daniel McCarville and Dr. Ted Pavlic, both of ASU, provided additional instruction. READ MORE



Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

CAOE hosted two summer researchers from The University of Central Florida (UCF) as part of the DHS Summer Research Team Program (SRT), Dr. Adan Vela, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, and student researcher, Gabriela Coccaro, a senior from Miami pursuing her B.S. in Industrial Engineering. The purpose of the SRT Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. Vela and Coccaro worked with CAOE Chief Scientist, Dr. Pitu Mirchandani, and CAOE researchers on research related to Dr. Mirchandani’s project, Enhancing Preparations and Response for Natural Disasters and National Emergencies. They concluded their tenure here with a seminar showcasing their research entitled “Forecasting and Assessing the Impact of Severe Weather on Electrical Networks”.

  • Faculty Team Member: Dr. Adan Vela, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • Undergraduate Student Team Member: Gabriela Coccaro, University of Central Florida (UCF)
Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

Cabriela Coccaro, visiting undergraduate student; Ross Maciejewski,CAOE Director; Adan Vela, visiting faculty; and Dan McCarville, CAOE Associate Director of Education.


Distinguished Speaker Seminar - Dr. Daniel Keim

Dr. Daniel Keim

In May, CAOE had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Daniel A. Keim, distinguished professor and head of the Information Visualization and Data Analysis Research Group in the Computer and Information Science Department at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Dr. Keim presented on the potential of visual analytics and discussed the role of automated versus interactive visual techniques in dealing with big data. A variety of application examples ranging from customer feedback analysis over network security to sports analytics were presented to illustrate the exciting potential of visual analysis techniques as well as its current limitations.

Please follow the CAOE events page for information on Distinguished Speaker Seminars and other events scheduled for this spring.


Award-Winning Research

“Northern Triangle and Mexican News Media Perspectives on the Migration Crisis: Strategic Narrative and the Identification of Good Action" has been accepted for presentation at the National Communication Association's 105th annual conference.

The National Communication Association (NCA) Conference is one of the longest running and most recognized gatherings of communication and media scholars in the world:

This year's conference theme, "Communication for Survival" offers an ideal venue to discuss migration-related research. Dr. Skye Cooley, Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University, is the principal CAOE-affiliated researcher on this study co-authored by Dr. Robert Hinck, Ph.D. Oklahoma State University and Ethan Sample, Research Assistant, Oklahoma State University. Their research questions address two specific areas of concern: first, how NT and Mexican media narratives on migration confront violence, institutional failures of state systems, and incentives for migration. READ MORE

Institutional and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration to Prepare for Natural Disasters

Institutional and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration to Prepare for Natural Disasters

Preparing for a hurricane is difficult given the quickly shifting projections of storms and the cascading effects before and after the disaster. The researchers at CAOE are creating real-time decision response tools that will provide first responders better information to proactively respond when disaster hits.

Led by Principal Investigator Dr. Pitu Mirchandani, the project Real-time Decision Support Systems for Proactive Response under Uncertain Cascading Emergencies, is creating a real-time decision system (RTDS) that will assist emergency responders - federal, state and local - to coordinate and proactively respond to disasters and emergencies (D&E) that are cascading in a highly uncertain manner. READ MORE

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