ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats) is a multi-university Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence (COE).

One of 9 Centers of Excellence across the country, ALERT is a multi-university, multi-institution, partnership that conducts transformational research, technology and educational development for effective response to explosives-related threats.

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News & Events

January 12, 2021
ALERT Technology Showcase 2021

ALERT’s Technology Showcase will be held on April 21-22, 2021. This event will feature technology demonstrations and panel discussions of ALERT research and tools.

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December 17, 2020
Virtual ADSA22: Improve Aviation Security by Reducing Operator Cognitive Load

Unlike previous workshops in the Advanced Development for Security Applications (ADSA) series, this fall’s ADSA22 workshop, “Reducing Operator Cognitive Load in Aviation Security Equipment” was fully virtual and held over the course of four sessions (Nov. 17, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, and Dec. 8).

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December 17, 2020
ALERT Awarded Two New Homeland Security Task Orders

ALERT has received two new research and development task orders from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHSS&T).

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Innovation Fast Track

EXCLUSIVE TO CENTER MEMBERS: Log in to explore your Innovation Fast Track, an online portal that gives you one-stop access to center researchers, funding opportunities, exclusive events and more.

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Student Central

Students, get connected with Industry Partners, find out about research and volunteer opportunities within ALERT, or get advice on how to best showcase your work at Student Central.

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The Partnership

ALERT is led by Northeastern University (NEU) and includes three key academic strategic partners: Boston University, Purdue University, and University of Rhode Island (URI).

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