"Good afternoon, Chairman Wu, Congressman Smith, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee. I am honored to appear before you today to report on the progress of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T Directorate) in advancing technological solutions to protect the American people and the critical infrastructures our society depends upon."
At 3 p.m. on a Saturday in June 2007, an SUV loaded with propane canisters was deliberately driven into the glass entrance doors of the main airport terminal at Scotland's Glasgow International Airport and set ablaze. The canisters did not detonate, and security bollards outside the entrance prevented the vehicle from entering the terminal.
Computer programs that randomize scheduling of security activity, proven at LAX, will expand role
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is the latest government protective agency to investigate for operational use a sophisticated system that makes security operations impossible for terrorists or criminals to predict.
A research group led by Milind Tambe of the USC Viterbi School Department of Computer Science developed the system, known as "ARMOR" in the version now in use at Los...
Computer Software Prepares First Responders for Disaster
While disaster planning may not keep an event from occurring, it can mitigate its effects. Effective disaster planning depends not only
on accurate and timely data but also on the ability to make the data meaningful. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a free risk-assessment software program to
help emergency planners contend with natural disasters. The program, Hazards U.S. Multi- Hazard (HAZUS-MH), harnesses the power of geographic information systems (GIS) to estimate the probability and potential...
CREATE-funded software credited with numerous arrests
The Los Angeles World Airport Police gave special commendations from the city of Los Angeles to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering creators of the ARMOR security scheduling system, and to the two officers who put it to effective day-to-day use. At a morning meeting of leaders of the force, Chief George Centeno began the program with the awards to Professor of Computer Science Milind Tambe, four USC students, Lt. Tyrone Tavin and Sgt. Ernest Cruz.