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Purdue, Rutgers Will Lead $30 Million ­U.S. Homeland Security Research Center

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Purdue professor of electrical and computer engineering David Ebert

Purdue University

Purdue University and Rutgers University will lead an international research and education group in a six-year, $30 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security project dedicated to creating methods and tools for the analysis and management of massive amounts of information generated by missions in all areas of homeland security. Homeland Security's new Center of Excellence in Command, Control, and Interoperability will include Purdue and Rutgers teams, which will contribute to developing new methods to assist Homeland Security personnel in preparing for, detecting, preventing, responding to, and recovering from terrorist attacks and natural and man-made disasters.

Purdue and 14 other universities will focus on visualization sciences, and Rutgers will explore data sciences. Already the center has formed partnerships with local, state, and national groups to provide university researchers with real-world examples to test and refine technology. Purdue professor and center director David Ebert (pictured) says turning vast amounts of data into manageable information is vital to homeland security. "For example, in the event of a catastrophe such as a chemical spill, natural disaster, disease outbreak or a terrorist attack, information will be coming from many sources, including camera images, data from sensors and simulations, and text documents from police and health-care agencies," he says. "The amount of information gathered during a crisis can be crushing if not managed correctly." Ebert says his team will expand on previous work by the Purdue University Regional Visualization and Analytics Center.

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