2008 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security

(With Technical Assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate)


HST '08

May 12 - 13, 2008
Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA
Greater Boston


About the Conference

With Technical Assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate, the eighth annual IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security will focus on novel and innovative technologies, which address the most pressing national security problems.

The Conference will provide a forum for innovators to discuss ideas, concepts and findings to date. The conference will bring together innovators from leading universities, research laboratories, Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, small businesses, system integrators and the end user community.

New this year, the Conference will feature parallel tracks with invited talks in non-overlapping technical sessions. Also, the Conference will contain a planned session on Detecting and Protecting Against Terrorist Surveillance.

“The IEEE Conferences has been identified as "the key Homeland Security conference by the National Science and Technology Council, Nuclear Defense Research and Development Subcommittee to share with a broad community the interagency Nuclear Defense Research and Development Roadmap."

keynote Speaker:

Dr. John Marburger

Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Science Advisor to the President

Talk title: "Nuclear Defense Research and Development - a Roadmap for Interagency Coordination"

Featured Speaker:


Robert Hooks

Director of Transition, Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate

Talk Title: “Key R&D Focus Areas for the DHs S&T Directorate”


Our Outstanding Leaders:

The conference will be chaired by Ambassador Henry Cooper of High Frontier and Chairman of Applied Research Associates, Inc., Technical Program Chaired by Brig. General (Ret.) Phil Stowell, Applied Research Associates, and Program Development Chaired by Robert Hooks, Director of Transition of the US Department of Homeland Security.  They will guide the conference towards solving real, imminent and developing threats to our Nation.


 The conference, business panels and technical exhibits provides an ideal opportunity for developers and implementers of technologies, consultants, entrepreneurs and business funding sources interested in the security and critical infrastructure dependability marketplace to meet with governmental leaders and owners and operators of major private sector infrastructure.

Sponsored By:

The eighth Conference is sponsored by the Boston Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, IEEE-USA and the IEEE Critical Infrastructure Dependability Initiative and organized and managed by the IEEE Boston Section Homeland Security Conference Steering Committee


  • Transportation Security focused on Chemical, Biological and High Explosives with special sessions on Radiological /-Nuclear. Both Transportation focus areas will emphasize their own specific technology issues with respect to detection, prevention, response, and recovery.

  • Infrastructure Protection and Cyber Security with the emphasis on protecting the financial sector, communications and electric power networks, focusing on threats to the chemical and refinery sectors

  • Incident Management, Information Sharing, and Interoperability technologies, high level risk assessment and supporting technologies of modeling and simulation emphasizing tools development

  • Software Assurance focused on software development, testing, legacy systems and infrastructure. Focus is on Software Assurance Common Body of Knowledge, common attack patterns weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

The Overall Program Includes:

  • Reception on the evening of the first day of the Conference

  • 2 day Technical Conference including:

  • Wednesday Morning Plenary Keynote Session featuring government representatives and major private sector infrastructure operators

  • Invited Track Theme Papers by top scientists

  • Parallel Sessions of Contributed Technical Papers

  • Poster Session

  • Business Panel – How to Do Business with DHS S&T and how to obtain seed funding to bring research to reality

  • Technology Exhibits

  • Networking Opportunities

Conference Committee

Conference Chair:
Ambassador Henry Cooper,
High Frontier

Technical Program Chair:
Brig. General (Ret.) Phil Stowell,
Applied Research Associates

Program Development Chair:
Robert Hooks
Dept. of Homeland Security,
S & T Directorate

Steering Committee Chair:
Lennart Long,
Applied Research Associates

Paper Evaluation Committee. Chair:
Thaddeus Kochanski,
University of New Hampshire

Sponsorship/Exhibits Chair:
Fausto Molinet,
Matrix Internationale

Marketing Chair:
Karen Krause,

Karen Panetta,
Tufts University

Gerald Larocque,
MIT Lincoln Laboratories

Bill Baukus,
AS&E, Inc.