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News Release 06-154

New Technologies Could Make Airport Screening More Effective and Less Cumbersome

Experts focus on identifying passenger ability and intent

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A short film illustrates one of the new approaches to airport security at The film highlights the work of Sheldon Jacobson of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and his colleagues to identify new airport security measures that may lead to higher levels of security with minimal passenger inconvenience.

Credit: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


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On Sept. 28, 2006, NSF hosted a call-in program on the latest developments in airport security, featuring experts in sensor technology, behavioral screening and biometrics. Participants included Richard P. Donovan, Department of General Engineering, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte; Mark G. Frank, Department of Communication, University at Buffalo; Arun A. Ross, Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Va., and NSF's Richard McCourt as moderator.

Credit: National Science Foundation