Research & Innovation

New Marine Technology Findings from Stevens Institute of Technology Published

Hoboken, NJ – New marine technology findings from the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR) at Stevens Institute of Technology is described in the most recent issue of the Marine Technology Society Journal.
"The research being conducted in the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce, a Department of Homeland Security National Center of Excellence for Port Security, examines some basic science issues and emerging technologies to improve the security of ports and inland waterways as well as coastal and offshore operations. This research follows a layered approach, utilizing above-water and underwater surveillance techniques," scientists writing in the Marine Technology Society Journal report.

"The investigated layers include satellite-based wide-area surveillance, high-frequency radar systems providing over-the-horizon monitoring, and nearshore and harbor passive acoustic surveillance. In this paper, we present a brief review of the Stevens research in passive acoustics aimed at achieving underwater and surface targets detection, classification, and tracking. The passive acoustic data were combined with satellite imagery provided by the University of Miami CSTARS facility’s electro-optical and synthetic aperture radar satellite imaging capabilities," wrote Dr. Michael Bruno, Director of the CSR and Dean of the Schaefer School of Engineering and Science at Stevens, and his colleagues. 

The researchers concluded: "Advantages of concurrent use of satellite imaging and passive acoustics for maritime domain awareness are analyzed." 

Dr. Bruno and colleagues published their study in Marine Technology Society Journal (Satellite Imaging and Passive Acoustics in Layered Approach for Small Boat Detection and Classification. Marine Technology Society Journal, 2011;45(3):77-87). 

About The National Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce
Stevens Institute of Technology was in 2008 named by the US Department of Homeland Security as one of five national Centers of Excellence and was selected to lead a national research effort to address Port Security. Stevens was one of 11 universities to partner with DHS in its efforts. The Department’s partners serve as important team members for conducting multi-disciplinary research and creating innovative learning environments for critical homeland security missions.
The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), along with the University of Hawaii’s National Center for Islands, Maritime, and Extreme Environments Security (CIMES), are the US Department of Homeland Security’s National Center of Excellence for Maritime, Island and Extreme/Remote Environment Security (MIREES). The two Centers have parallel objectives and complementary expertise and their close coordination enhances the capabilities of each. The Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce at Stevens focuses on sensors, modeling and analysis to improve Maritime Domain Awareness. The center also addresses the question: can the United States Marine Transportation System be designed to be resilient to man-made and natural threats?
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at and