In the News!
BTI Institute's research and education portfolio highlighted by GovernmentCIO Media & Research. Read the article here
Blockchain Innovation in CBP
BTI Institute Research Champion speaks on shaping blockchain technology to secure global trade. [PODCAST]
Blockchain Report Highlighted
Validating Deterrence Models
How effective are scanning technologies at deterring smuggling? Find out here.
Read about four BTI Institute research projects focused on giving DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans the facts they need to make informed decisions.
Hear from the project lead on the feasibility and importance of UAS-Based Sensors.
2020 Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting this year will be held remotely in order to do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will be scheduling virtual meetings throughout May and June.
The BTI Institute kicked off a new research project with researchers from the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California on 17 January 2020.
Student involvement and success are a critical aspect of the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute's Education and Training initiatives. This past summer, four students experienced that success first hand.
The BTI Institute is gathering key stakeholders to discuss ongoing and proposed solutions to identified challenges within U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission space.
Chris Bronk, Ph.D., assistant professor in Computer and Information Systems with the University of Houston College of Technology, spoke on the security of critical infrastructure of the United States from a cyber perspective April 17, 2019
Some of the top thinkers, technology innovators, and front-line operators of border security descended on San Antonio March 26, 27, 2019 in order to discuss that very topic.
Weidong "Larry" Shi, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Houston, spoke during the Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute Brown Bag at the University of Houston February 27, 2019. Shi currently focuses on enabling system technologies for services.
When you set some of the brightest minds in academia to solving national security challenges, the results are innovative solutions that equip operators and inform policy makers.
Tony Ambler, dean of the UH College of Technology, has been appointed to serve as principal investigator and director of the UH Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute.
It is about the people as much as it is about the technology, said Luis Torres, Ph.D., research committee member and a BTI Institute co-founder.
WHAT WE DO
Through a multi-disciplinary team of national and international experts, the Institute delivers transformational technology-driven solutions, data-informed policies, workforce development opportunities for today's Homeland Security Enterprise, and trans-disciplinary education for the next generation of homeland security experts.
Our aim is to 1) support current members of the Homeland Security Enterprise through training, seminars and workshops and 2) establish a pathway for post-secondary students to pursue a career path into the HSE. Find out more about our current initiatives.
The team is comprised of professional staff, our research committee members, and our external advisory board.
Our mission is accomplished through a consortium of partners including academic researchers, industry leaders, and government organizations.
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