Mines among National Security Innovation Competition winners
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 5, 2009 — Colorado School of Mines finished third out of nine finalists from some of the nation’s most prestigious universities in the annual National Security Innovation Competition held in Colorado Springs on May 1.
The Mines team’s focus was on creating a system to process data collected through video surveillance. James Howard and William Hoff addressed the problem of quickly and effectively weeding through large amounts of video data while respecting privacy rights.
The students created a sensor network capable of learning to recognize and distinguish between typical and unusual activities. Howard said, “This project has been in the works for over two years and this is an area I hope to make a career out of so it’s been an eye-opening experience to meet these judges and learn more about how the industry works.”
Top prizes went to:
- First place, Arizona State University: A Hybrid Electrochemical-Colorimetric Sensing Platform for Explosive Detection
- Second Place, University of Notre Dame: Enterprise Network Activities Visualization
- Third Place, Colorado School of Mines: Activity Recognition in a Dense Sensor Network
Other finalists included:
- Georgia Institute of Technology: First Responder Mobile Tracking System
- University of Buffalo: Vulnerability Assessment and Response Tool Against 0-Day Exploits
- University of Arizona: Contactless Fingerprint Sensor
- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs: Mitigating Drug Resistance in MRSA via Metabolic Inhibition
- University of Denver: Light-weight High-performance Concrete
- Virginia Tech: Self-powered Border Security Systems
The two-round competition, presented by the National Homeland Defense Foundation and sponsored by the Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance and the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator, featured entries promoting national security-related innovations. The final round competition consisted of oral presentations judged by a panel of homeland security and defense experts including the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Northern Command, Raytheon, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Colorado Homeland Defense Alliance Executive Director Mark Volcheff considered the event a success, saying “We were also very fortunate to have such a select group of judges and participants from a wide range of industries. They brought exceptional insight and credibility”
This is the first year the competition has been held at a national level. Given the success of this year’s event, and the potential for adding new partnerships and sponsorships, organizers will continue the event next year anticipating an even greater participation, according to Volcheff.
For more information about the annual National Security Innovation Competition visit www.coloradohda.org