2016 SRI participants represent seven universities nationwide

MSC held its 7th Annual Summer Research Institute, from June 6 to July 29, 2016, at the Stevens Institute of Technology campus in Hoboken, NJ.

Student Participants

This summer's program included 13 students representing seven U.S. universities including: Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Alaska-Anchorage, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Capitol Technology University, American Military University, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and Texas Southern University.

Research Projects and Outcomes

This summer's research projects included:

Maritime Cybersecurity Threats and Vulnerabilities

Description: The Maritime Cyber team was organized to understand the unique attributes of the maritime cyber system that set it apart from other critical infrastructure systems. The team was then challenged to assess cybersecurity vulnerabilities from both a port side and shipboard perspective and to conduct risk assessments based on cyber threat scenarios.  

Environmental and Urban Noise Acoustics

Description: The Environmental Acoustics team was challenged to conduct noise measurements from a range of urban noise, paying particular attention to noise sources that can be used for classification of those sources.  The implications of understanding discrete sound identification and the development of algorithms to isolate a single sound source has implications in threat detection and anomalies to a specific soundscape.

Underwater Acoustics - Effects of Buoy Noise on Underwater Passive Acoustic Detection Systems

Description: The "Buoy Noise" team conducted research to profile noise created by navigational buoys to determine its impacts on underwater passive acoustic systems used for vessel detection and security purposes.

Outcomes from the student research teams included a research report and a presentation to MSC research PI's and invited homeland security guests.  The student team reports and presentation slides can be reviewed below.

SRI 2016 Student Research Team Report Presentation
Environmental and Urban Noise Acoustics  Team Report  Slides
Underwater Acoustics - Effects of Buoy Noise on Underwater Passive Acoustic Detection Systems  Team Report  Slides


Field Visits and Stakeholder Engagement

Students engaged in lectures by MSC researchers and Stevens Institute of Technology faculty, as well as industry and government homeland security practitioners, to develop an understanding of complex security issues in the maritime domain. Students participated in a field-visit to Customs and Border Protection Tactical Operations Division at the Port of New York/Newark and attended a Port Awareness and Response Training hosted by the New York Police Department. 

Student research experiments were held at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, Madison Square Garden/Penn Plaza Pavillion in NY and in the Hudson River adjacent to the Stevens Institute of Technology campus.