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 ThemesA number of projects below have an impact
- 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
- Missed Detections: From Data to Actionable Estimates
- EDGE: The "Eye in the Woods" Image-based Human Detection and Recognition System (Phase II)
Legitimate Trade and Travel
- GPS/GNSS and Communication Authentication Standards for Reusable Electronic Conveyance Devices (RECONS)
- Participatory Operational Assessment (POA): Evaluating and Predicting the Operational Effectiveness of Cargo Security Processes at Ports of Entry
- Leveraging U.S. Export Control Reform: New Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Government Efforts to Counter WMD Proliferation through Enforcement of Export Controls
- Secure and Transparent Cargo Supply Chain: Enabling Chain-of-Custody and Economical and Privacy Respecting Biometrics, and Blockchain Technology
- Developing a Concept of Operations for an Innovative System for Measuring Wait Times at Land Ports of Entry
- Modeling Methodology and Simulation of Port-of-Entry Systems
- Modeling International Migrant Flows: Theory, Evidence
- Central America's Immigrant and Refugee Crisis: Limiting Unauthorized Migration through the Alliance for Prosperity and Reintegration Efforts
- The Impact of Central American Child and Family Migration on U.S. Communities
- Immigration Workshop
- Uncovering Human Smuggling Patterns from Guatemala to the U.S.
- Security Technologies Kitchen
- Homeland Security Symposium Series