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April 13, 2010

Stevens Receives Contract from the US Navy to Work on Swimmer Detection Capability

Collaborative project addresses a critical national need in the area of maritime security

Maritime SecurityStevens Institute of Technology has been awarded a contract by the US Navy to be part of a collaborative effort with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport (NUWC) and with Advanced Acoustic Concepts (AAC) by integrating Stevens' classification algorithms into a combined passive swimmer detection capability. This capability can provide a candidate for consideration for transition to the Navy Expeditionary Integrated Swimmer Defense (ISD) system capability.

"Stevens has demonstrated a real commitment to the success of the passive swimmer detection capability and is working closely with the NUWC and AAC team to complete the integration," said Jim Pollock, Mission Capability Manager for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) and HLS/D at NUWC.

"Stevens has been privileged to work with the professionals at NUWC and AAC toward the enhancement of the Navy's ISD capability," said Michael S. Bruno, Dean of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science at Stevens. "This project represents a unique partnering between government, industry and academia to address a critical national need in the area of maritime security."

"Stevens is very excited to work on this project," said Hady R. Salloum, Distinguished Service Professor and Director of Port Security Initiatives at Stevens. "We're looking forward to working with the NUWC team and hope that our contribution will allow the program to meet its objectives successfully."

The new contract builds upon Stevens' already important role in developing port and other maritime security and defense technologies, including Stevens' efforts as the lead institution in the Department of Homeland Security's National Center of Excellence in Maritime Security. The university's Maritime Security Laboratory (MSL) develops and evaluates technologies aimed at detecting and characterizing maritime threats. The laboratory has made strides to help address multiple threats, ranging from human-planned attacks to coastal hazards, using research assets that include acoustic and infrared sensors; several research vessels; ocean and weather sensors; and ocean and weather forecasting systems that include the effects of urban environments.

Harbor protection requires layered, sophisticated technologies for detection and characterization of surface and submerged intruders – often in highly variable estuarine environments. MSL has substantial expertise and skill in operating in complex urban estuaries and harbors where currents, salinity, temperature, water level, vessel traffic and acoustic properties fluctuate strongly in space and rapidly in time.

To learn more, please visit the Maritime Security Laboratory.


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