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BTI addresses real-world challenges as they relate to borders, trade and travel, and immigration research. These challenges have defined our core thrusts of funded research projects: the flows of people and the flows of goods.

BTI partners with industry and community in order to transition research into technology and policies. The Center accomplishes this by working closely with partners and researchers to identify opportunities, pursuing joint proposals, and collaborative conferences.

Research Themes

Thrust 1: Transnational Flows of People

Theme P.1: Monitoring

  • Image and Video Person Identification in an Operational Environment: Phase I
  • Unconstrained Face Recognition using Cell Phone Devices: Faces in the Wild
  • A Systematic Process for Vulnerability Assessment of Biometric Systems at Borders
  • Immigration Workshop
  • Empirical Survey of Recidivism and Intentions for Apprehended Unauthorized Immigrants

Theme P.2: Facilitation

  • Developing a Concept of Operations for an Innovative System for Measring Wait Times at Land Ports of Entry
  • Modeling Methodology and Simulation of Port-of-Entry Systems

Theme P.3: Organized Crime

  • Uncovering Human Smuggling Patterns from Guatemala to the U.S.

Thrust 2: Transnational Flows of Goods

Theme G.1: Ports of the Future

  • GPS/GNSS and Communication Authentication Standards for RECONS
  • Participatory Operational Assessment (POA): Evaluating and Predicting the Operational Effectiveness of Cargo Security Processes at Ports of Entry

Theme G.2: Trade Compliance

  • Leveraging U.S. Export Control Reform: New Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Government Efforts to Counter WMD Proliferation through Enforcement of Export Controls