Quantitative Methods in Defense and National Security (QMDNS)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 9:00am to 5:30pm

Abstracts (pdf file)

9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker - Peter Feaver
Alexander F. Hehmeyer Professor of Political Science and former Director of Defense Policy on the National Security Council at the White House

Working as an Academic Social Scientist on the NSC at the White House

10:00-10:20 Break

10:20-11:20 Session: Text Mining

Jeff Solka, Naval Surface Warfare Center
Some Reflections on the Mechanisms of Latent Semantic Indexing and ItsPotential Role in Automated Discovery

Calandra Tate, US Army Research Laboratory/US Military Academy
Statistical Applications in Machine Translation Evaluation


Session: Mine Detection

Kyle Bradbury, ECE, Duke University
(co-authors: Peter Torrione and Leslie Collins)
Ground Tracking in Ground Penetrating Radar

Peter Torrione, ECE, Duke University
(co-author: Leslie Collins)
Application of Markov Random Fields to Landmine Discrimination in Ground Penetrating Radar Data

Chris Ratto, ECE, Duke University
(co-authors: Peter Torrione and Leslie Collins)
Context-Dependent Feature Selection for Classification of Simulated Ground-Penetrating Radar Data

12:20-1:10 Lunch

1:10-2:40 Session: Biosurveillance

Georgiy Bobashev, RTI International
Epidemic Models and Public Policy

Ron Fricker, Naval Postgraduate School
Optimizing a System of Threshold-based Sensors with Application to Biosurveillance

Myron Katzoff, National Center for Health Statistics
Two Problems Related to Biosurveillance

2:40-3:40 Session: Network Models

Michael Last, Department of Defense
Social Network Analysis for National Security

Dave Marchette, Naval Surface Warfare Center
Identifying Aliases in Graphs

3:40-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 Session: Classification Methods in National Defense

Aparna Huzurbazar, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Incorporating System Reliability Estimates into Prognostics and Health Management (PHM)

David Siroky, Duke University
Random Forest Analysis of Secessionist Movements

5:00-5:30 Closing Reflections

David Schanzer, Director, Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security



Event Type


Durham, NC
United States