2013 IEEE International Conference on

Technologies for Homeland Security

12-14 November 2013, Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA

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About the IEEE HST '13 Conference

Boston Skyline

The 13th annual IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST ’13), will be held 12 - 14 November in Greater Boston, Massachusetts. This conference brings together innovators from leading academic, industry, business, Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, and government programs to provide a forum to discuss ideas, concepts, and experimental results.

Produced by IEEE with technical support from DHS S&T, IEEE Boston Section,  IEEE Biometrics Council, and IEEE-USA and organizational support from MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Raytheon, Battelle, and MITRE, this year’s event will once again showcase selected technical paper and posters highlighting emerging technologies in the areas of:

  • Cyber Security,
  • Attack and Disaster Preparation, Recovery, and Response,
  • Land and Maritime Border Security
  • Biometrics & Forensics.

Attend a Great Conference

Please join us for the leading science and technology conference devoted to homeland security. We have an outstanding program of plenaries, technical papers, poster sessions and tutorial session. Presentations will cover strategy and threat characterization, CONOPs, risk analysis, modeling, simulation, experimentation, and training, and test beds, standards and evaluations.

This is a conference that you cannot afford to miss.

HST History and Reputation

The IEEE Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (IEEE HST) is the leading international conference addressing the challenges of homeland security technology innovation gaps. Since conception, this annual conference has gained prominence and recognition for bringing together science and technology leaders from around the world.


Register on-line here.

Sponsorship and Exhibit Information

For more detailed information on Sponsorship and Exhibit opportunities, email: information@ieee-hst.org.



On-line Registration

Registration is now available here

2013 HST Conference Agenda

Conference Program Overview is now available here

Best Paper Awards

The IEEE HST ’13 committee will review technical paper submissions and select best papers for presentation at this conference. Best Paper Awards for each technical track will be announced at the conference.

First Plenary Session

Dr. Daniel M. Gerstein PhotoDr. Daniel M. Gerstein

Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology, Department of Homeland Security

Radio Interview

Dr. Daniel M. Gerstein has served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Science & Technology in the Department of Homeland Security since August 2011. He is also an Adjunct Professor at American University in Washington, DC. Dr. Gerstein has extensive experience in the security and defense sectors in a variety of positions while serving as a Senior Executive Service (SES) government civilian, in uniform, and in industry. Before joining DHS, he served as the Principal Director for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy). In uniform, he served on four different continents participating in homeland security and counterterrorism, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance, and combat in addition to serving for over a decade in the Pentagon in various high level staff assignments. Following retirement from active duty, Dr. Gerstein joined L-3 Communications as Vice President for Homeland Security Services. Dr. Gerstein also has extensive experience in international negotiations including having served on the Holbrooke Delegation that negotiated the peace settlement in Bosnia. He has been awarded numerous foreign, military and civilian awards including the Department of State’s Distinguished Service Award and the U.S. Army Soldiers Medal for heroism. He has published numerous books and articles on national security, biological warfare, and information technology including most recently National Security and Arms Control in the Age of Biotechnology (Roman & Littlefield, May 2013). Dr. Gerstein graduated from the United States Military Academy and has masters degrees from Georgia Tech, the National Defense University and the Command & General Staff College, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from George Mason University in Biodefense. Bio

Daniel P. Linskey PhotoDaniel P. Linskey

Superintendent-in-Chief, Boston Police Department

Title of Talk: “Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing”.

Radio Interview

Superintendent-in-Chief Linskey began his career with the Boston Police Department on November 24, 1986. He graduated at the top of his class earning the prestigious Hogan Award for academic excellence.

Chief Linskey rose through the ranks as a Detective, Sergeant, Sergeant Detective, Lieutenant and Lieutenant Detective Deputy Superintendent, and Superintendent. He spent a large portion of his career in the Drug Control Unit serving at different ranks. He was assigned to the Police Academy as a Criminal Law and Drill Instructor. He served on and oversaw the Dignitary Protection Security Unit, along with Commanding the Special Police Division overseeing the Boston Municipal Police Department. When his Marine Corps Reserve Unit was activated for Operation Desert Storm/Shield he served six months on active duty. Bio

Major General L. Scott Rice PhotoMajor General L. Scott Rice

The Adjutant General, Massachusetts

Radio Interview

Major General L. Scott Rice is currently assigned as The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. He oversees the administration and operation of the Massachusetts National Guard to ensure troops are trained, equipped and mission-ready to support national security objectives as well as protect life and property and preserve peace, order and public safety as directed in times of natural disaster and civil emergency. General Rice was commissioned in 1980 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Following graduate school, he attended pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, receiving the pilot badge in 1982 and later serving in England where he flew the F-111 Aardvark. General Rice joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing in 1989 to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II. He served as Squadron Commander, Operations Group Commander, Wing Commander and Air National Guard Commander. He mobilized numerous times since 1995, including deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. He also served as Commander, Air Force Forces, Exercise Eastern Falcon in the United States Central Command Area of Operations, where he supervised F-16 units deployed to Kuwait in 2004, to Jordan and Oman in 2005, and to Pakistan in 2006. General Rice currently serves on the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force as well as Secretary of the Adjutants General Association of the United States. Bio

Second Plenary Session

Donald Woodbury PhotoDonald Woodbury

Technical Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA)

Don Woodbury is the Technical Director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA). His focus is on the technical quality of the HSARPA portfolio, building partnerships within S&T and with external organizations, and with developing investment strategies to meet the future needs of Homeland Defense.

Mr. Woodbury previously served as the Director of the Strategic Technology Office (STO), in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where he managed a portfolio of programs to develop innovative technologies to support U.S. Combatant Commanders in current and emerging strategic areas including Finding Difficult Targets; Communications, Electronic Warfare, and Networks; Cyber; Space Systems; Energy Systems; Directed Energy; Position, Navigation, and Timing; and Force Projection. Bio

Bruce B. Davidson PhotoBruce B. Davidson

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate,
Director, Office of SAFETY Act Implementation

Bruce B. Davidson is the Director of the Office of SAFETY Act Implementation, part of the Research & Development Partnerships Group in the Science and Technology Directorate, Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of the SAFETY Act Program is to provide risk and litigation management incentives to the private sector to develop and deploy effective anti-terrorism technologies and services to the maximum extent possible. As the Program Director, Mr. Davidson provides strategic vision and ensures aggressive program execution for a front-line statutory program designed to encourage the private sector to make consequential investments to strengthen our homeland security. Driven and compelled to make a difference, his central focus is to build and sustain a world class, nationally significant program, and consistently deliver outcomes far exceeding expectations. Mr. Davidson draws on his background in law and economics in contributing to the activities of this multi-disciplinary office. Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security and the SAFETY Act Program in 2006, Mr. Davidson was a member in a Metropolitan D.C. area law firm, with an emphasis on federal practice. He also had a distinguished career as a surface warfare officer and judge advocate in the U.S. Navy, which included service as a staff assistant (1993-97) to the Honorable Walter B. Slocombe, the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and the Honorable Jan M. Lodal, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Bio