May 18, 2020

CAOE responds to COVID-19
Note from Center Director Ross Maciejewski 

CAOE realizes that this is a challenging time for us all. During this time, I would like to assure you that the valuable research, education and outreach of CAOE are continuing. Although some of the efforts have been modified to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as transitioning our staff, researchers and students to remote work and moving our education and outreach to online platforms whenever possible, our efforts to accelerate operational efficiency for homeland security continues to advance. 

As discussed further in this newsletter, CAOE has added two new projects to study the economic impact of COVID-19 and we have adjusted an ongoing project on disaster response to focus specifically on the challenges of this pandemic. As the challenges of COVID-19 evolve, CAOE will continue to proactively adapt our efforts as required.
Please know that CAOE is fully functioning at this time and please reach out to me or any of our center staff with questions or concerns.

 Ross Maciejewski


Leveraging ongoing work in disaster response

CAOE researchers pivot focus to address COVID-19 

Over the last few years, CAOE researchers Pitu Mirchandani, David Morton and Lauren Davis have been working on projects to enhance preparations and response for natural disasters and national emergencies.  These projects focused on developing decision support systems for emergency command-and-control and repair and recovery of vital transportation and diesel fuel supply chains using a combination of available data, forecasts, and expert opinion.  In the past, this research has focused primarily on hurricane preparedness. Read more


New projects to look at economic complexity of COVID-19

COVID-19 will have significant impacts on the U.S. economy. These will arise from not only the illness and death caused by the disease itself, but also from government public health policy responses such as quarantining; individual behavioral responses such as crowd avoidance; commodity shortages; supply chain impacts; and workforce shortages. CAOE has two projects researching both the short- and longer-term economic effects of the pandemic. Read More


CAOE researcher studies de-escalation behaviors in law enforcement settings

A new CAOE project led by William Terrill, an ASU Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, is researching both verbal and behavioral indicators of de-escalation and escalation in real-life law enforcement situations. Working with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), the research team is identifying patterns of behavior that produce both positive and negative outcomes in field situations. By using a coding model developed by Terrill, the research team is analyzing past video footage from several law enforcement agencies to uncover verbal and behavioral indications from both suspects and law enforcement that cause de-escalation or escalation. 

Terrill explains,”We are looking at certain kinds of behaviors, words or postures that work to keep the situation calm or that seem to escalate the situation. Are there commands or directions issued that change the situation for the better?” Based on this analysis, the research team will develop statistical models that help identify patterns and possible indicators that can change the course of interactions for positive outcomes such as lowering officer force, reducing citizen resistant levels and increasing citizen compliance and cooperation. 

This project aims to incorporate these valuable findings into future training tor federal, state, and local law enforcement to teach methods of de-escalating situations for greater safety of both citizens and law enforcement agents. 

CAOE 2019 annual report

Our 2019 annual report is now available for download. There are a limited number of printed copies available. If you would like a printed copy, please send a request to caoe@asu.edu. 


Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

CAOE is happy to remotely host two summer researchers from Texas State University as part of the DHS Summer Research Team (SRT) Program. Dr. Eduardo Perez, Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering and student researcher, Logan Taunton, who is pursuing a BS in industrial engineering with a minor in applied mathematics will be working with CAOE starting this June. 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. Perez and Taunton will be working with Dr. Jorge Sefair and other CAOE researchers on the project “Dynamic Workforce Management at a Network of Screening Facilities." At the end of the summer, Perez and Taunton will present a seminar showcasing their summer research.

CAOE Student Worker Highlight
Jacob Mosier recently joined our CAOE team as a Financial Aid working closely with Amy Bennett, Project Manager for the center. He is one of our outstanding students who is learning about the financial and project management operations of a DHS Center of Excellence. Jacob is in his second year at ASU W.P. Carey School of Business with a dual major in Finance and Business (law).
Earlier this year, Mosier was in New York with the ASU chapter of the Financial Management Association (FMA) to attend the 2020 Finance Leader’s Challenge. Jacob toured S&P Global on Wall Street and had the opportunity to meet with the next generation of leaders working at S&P Global Market Intelligence. The ASU group visited additional businesses for networking sessions and professional development presentations.  As the world’s financial capital, this was a very great opportunity to see the reality of the industry that I want to be in. I also came away with some new connections, both students and in business,” said Mosier.
CAOE is happy to welcome Mosier to the team. 

COVID-19 Information

How To Navigate The Corona virus Misinformation Explosion
Nadya Bliss, Executive Director of the Global Security Initiative at ASU recently joined The Show to talk about misinformation related to the outbreak and how to differentiate between fact and fiction.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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