February 13, 2020


TSA Manager Jason Lim discusses TSA plans for biometrics use in ID verification

Jason Lim, Identity Management Capability Manager, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), met with CAOE leadership, ASU faculty and local Phoenix TSA administrators to discuss the working plan for enhancing ID verification capability at TSA checkpoints.

In Lim's discussions with CAOE leadership, he highlighted the importance of the overall COE program and the work by CAOE researchers evaluating the interplay between AI and human performance. Lim met with CAOE researcher Mickey Mancenido to discuss the current project, Evaluating human-AI team performance , which looks at the joint performance of a human-AI system in real-world use cases to improve prediction performance and accountable decision making with AI-human teaming. Lim said, The CAOE is doing an incredible job helping TSA understand how to build trust and working relationships between humans and AI, so the whole system works more efficiently.
Lim also gave a comprehensive presentation on the plans TSA has for incorporating biometrics in ID verification at TSA checkpoints. If you would like to view the full presentation please contact caoe@asu.edu to request a link to the video.

CAOE is seeking project proposals for FY 2021

CAOE is seeking white papers sketching research ideas intended to address research questions/challenges that CAOE, DHS, or its federal partners have posed.The purpose of a white paper is to convey the essential problem area, demonstrate knowledge of prior art, and identify a research gap.  The center is especially interested in proposals on the challenge area of Economic Analysis for FY 2021.

Topics of interest include:
  • Developing methods and measures for assessing consequences and costs of homeland security threats and hazards focusing on the direct and indirect effects of terrorist attacks and natural disasters. DHS seeks tools/methods to assess overall economic costs, emergency management and likelihood for repeat occurrences.
  • Methods to quantify complex policy problems and provide benefit estimation for policies addressing homeland security threats and hazards, specifically focusing on quantifiable methods to assess whether a policy or process improvement is effective.
  • Economic and decision models of terrorist organizations, focusing on modeling and predicting terrorist group attacks, behaviors and preferences to mitigate threats and decrease vulnerability.
A formal proposal review process, including evaluation by external subject matter experts will be conducted to select those for which a grant award will be offered.  Please click here to download the complete proposal process. Specific questions about this request for white papers should be addressed in writing to Ross Maciejewski, Director of the CAOE, at caoe@asu.edu.

TSA - CAOE Symposium scheduled in D.C. for June 2020

We are excited to announce the 6th annual TSA-CAOE Symposium. This will be the CAOE’s second year hosting the event in partnership with DHS S&T, RAND and the DHS COE network. The event will be held at Georgetown University in D.C. June 2-3, 2020. This is an invitation-only event and our attendance is limited to ensure an interactive and productive experience. If you are interested in more information, please contact CAOE Communications Manager, Dawn Janssen at Dawn.Janssen@asu.edu.

SMA CAOE webinar series, The Age of Disruption - Great Power Competition Implications for Homeland Security continues through March 

 “The Age of Disruption - Great Power Competition Implications for Homeland Security” is a webinar series co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) and the CAOE, and is part of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment program. This lecture series explores emerging threats to homeland security based on changes in global competition. Read more

CAOE researchers lead new NSF and Amazon project on AI fairness 

Ross Maciejewski, CAOE Director, is teaming with Hanghang Tong, CAOE researcher and computer science professor at the University of Illinois, on the National Science Foundation and Amazon’s Fairness in Artificial Intelligence program, which aims to create trustworthy AI systems that can devise solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are increasingly becoming parts of everyday life. AI is being used in the systems that we use for work, for commerce, even for navigation. NSF and Amazon are partnering in this program to support research that focuses on the transparency of AI and machine learning systems and how explainable the operations of those systems are to users and to the people whose lives they affect. Read more 

Project in Depth - Improving detection of threats at border operations 

The U.S. government is making substantial investments in infrastructure to improve their capacity to prevent illegal smuggling and trafficking between Ports of Entry (POEs). This virtual infrastructure includes a layered placement of sensors and cameras in known migration pathways in remote areas that remain a risk for smuggling. 

Researchers at CAOE are developing new strategies and tools allowing for improved resource allocation and offering information on return-on-investment of tactical and surveillance infrastructure. The effort supports the National Border Geospatial Intelligence Strategy, providing new methods for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to measure the impact of their operations on potential smuggling routes. Read more

Researcher Jun Zhuang recognized as Buffalo Business First 40 under 40

Jun Zhuang, a lead researcher for CAOE’s year-3 funding, was recently honored by the Buffalo Business First Journal as a rising leader for his professional success and community involvement. For the CAOE, Jun Zhuang leads a new project on quantifying threats and consequences of northern border risks. Zhuang has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and is an engineering professor at the University of Buffalo. Read More


Upcoming Events

Devils Invent: Drone Defense Hackathon March 27-29
CAOE will be hosting a hackathon at ASU to examine the use of drones for homeland security challenges.  This 3-day event will host students from different disciplines to compete for cash prizes.   For more information on getting involved in the event, please contact caoe@asu.edu.
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