Summer Research Institute - 2014

The Center held its fifth annual Summer Research Institute, from June 2 to July 25, 2014, at the Stevens Institute of Technology campus in Hoboken, NJ.  This summer's program included 18 students representing Stevens Institute of Technology, New York City College of Technology (CITY Tech), Rutgers University and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM).  For a complete list of this year's student participants and their research projects, please click here:  SRI 2014 Student Participants and Research Project List

This summer's curriculum built upon prior SRI initiatives and current Center research to advance the innovative capabilities and functionality of the center's existing and evolving tools and technologies for transition to end-users (e.g. USCG). Student projects included hands-on, multidisciplinary research activities to maximize the situational awareness, emergency response, and maritime surveillance capabilities of first responders and emergency management personnel.  Students were encouraged to develop creative solutions and new maritime security applications, leveraging the Center's tools and technologies.

Students engaged in lectures by Center researchers as well as industry and government homeland security practitioners, to develop an understanding of the complex issues in maritime domain awareness, the Marine Transportation System, emergency response, maritime system resilience, and the sensor tools and technologies that can used to enhance situational awareness and surveillance capabilities.

Students were assigned to one of the following four research teams: (To download a copy of the student's final presentation slides, please click the respective links below.)

Acoustic Vessel Signature Analysis for Automated Vessel Classification
Magello Emergency Response Tool: End-user Test and Evaluation
Maritime Incident Scenario Development and LNG Safety and Security 
Technology Integration and Synergies: Radar, Optics and AIS

SRI 2014 Guest Speakers and Field visits:
Students received real-world insight into the state and practice of maritime security and the Marine Transportation System through presentations and lectures by Center researchers and maritime industry and homeland security experts.  This past summer's guest speakers included: Gerhardt Mueller, President, SanSail Institute, and Rae Zimmerman, Professor of Planning and Public Administration, NYU.
Field visits and interactions with industry practitioners are a key facet of the Summer Research Institute.  Visits and discussions with practitioners provide students with a contextual framework and practical insight into the real-world implications of their SRI projects and research.  During the eight-week program, students had the unique opportunity to participate in field visits to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Port of New York/Newark, the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory in NYC, and the Office of Emergency Management, Brooklyn, NY. The students also participated in a Port Awareness and Prevention course hosted by the NYPD-Counterterrorism Division.