BORDERS Workshop - Mark Borkowski Confirmed Keynote Speaker

Washington, D.C.
June 11, 2012 - June 14, 2012

Borders Workshop ISI



Keynote Speaker: Mark Borkowski

Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)


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This workshop showcases the innovative work being done by BORDERS in the area of border security technologies.  Four workshops will be given on advancements in biometrics; remote sensing of people and vehicles using high temporal resolution; metrics for border security; and the AVATAR system for credibility assessment and anomaly detection. 

The National Center for Border Security and Immigration, (BORDERS), is a DHS Center of Excellence, funded by the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate. As a consortium of 15 premier institutions, BORDERS is dedicated to the development and transition of innovative technologies, proficient processes, and effective policies that will help protect our Nation’s borders, foster international trade, and enhance our understanding of immigration determinants and dynamics.

BORDERS is a “one stop” source for capabilities across the border security technology and immigration spectrum, including:

  • Detection and screening
  • Surveillance and monitoring
  • Identification and assessment
  • Communications and information management
  • Immigration Enforcement and Policy
  • Population Dynamics

Workshop Agenda (draft)

BORDERS Workshop Part 1:   Credibility Assessment and Performance Metrics

8:30-9:30am: Key Note Address: Mark Borkowski, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

9:30 – 10:30am: How Will we Know?: Measures of Effectiveness of Border Security – Randy Capps, Migration Policy Institute

10:30 –10:45am: Break

10:45 - 12:30pm: AVATAR System for Automated Credibility Assessment and Interviewing – Jay Nunamaker, Aaron Elkins, Nathan Twyman, and Doug Derrick, University of Arizona and University of Nebraska

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch break (on your own)


BORDERS Workshop Part II: Surveillance and Identification

1:30 – 2:45pm: Automated Detection of People and Vehicles in Natural Environments using High Temporal Resolution Airborne Remote Sensing – Pete Coulter, San Diego State University

2:45 –3:00pm:  Break

3:00 – 4:00pm: Unconstrained Facial Recognition at Open Borders – Thirimachos Bourlai, West Virginia University


4:00 --5:00pm: Insider Threat Programs -- Marc Brooks, MITRE and Randy Trzeciak, CERT, Carnegie Mellon University

5:00pm: Welcome/Social Hour Reception


Mark Borkowski

Mark Borkowski became the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition (OTIA) with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in July 2010.  He is responsible for ensuring technology efforts are properly focused on mission and well integrated across CBP and for strengthening effectiveness in acquisition and program management.  In addition to being the Assistant Commissioner for OTIA, Mr. Borkowski serves as CBP’s

Component Acquisition Executive (CAE) responsible for ensuring acquisitions support a mission requirement, are cost effective and are integrated across all of CBP where appropriate.

Prior to his appointment as Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Borkowski was named Executive Director of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) Program Executive Office (PEO).  As Executive Director, Mr. Borkowski oversees the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) implementation of SBI at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and oversees SBI’s continued efforts to develop border security resources that will provide enhanced situational awareness for frontline CBP personnel along the U.S. borders. 

Mr. Borkowski has a Master’s Degree in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and a Master’s Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  He also has Bachelor’s Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from AFIT and in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany.

Mr. Borkowski has certification from both the Department of Defense and DHS at the highest level (Level III) for acquisition management.

Mr. Borkowski is an accomplished public speaker who has represented the Air Force, NASA, and CBP before international conferences, academic and professional symposia, Congressional members and staff, and the press.

He has won numerous awards, including the Air Force Association, Lieutenant General John W. O’Neill Outstanding System Program Director Award; the Company Grade Officer of the Year and the Manager of the Year Awards from the Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory; the Air Force Systems Command nominations for the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” award, several military medals and decorations, and civil service performance awards.

Mr. Borkowski is a native of Rochester, New York.  He is married to the former Stephani Miller of Lancaster, California.  Mark and Stephani have three daughters:  Carolyn, age 15; Emily, age 13; and Angela, age 9.

Workshop Chairs: Dr. Jay Nunamaker and Dr. Elyse Golob

Dr. Jay F. Nunamaker, BORDERS Director and Principle Investigator; Regents’ and Soldwedel Professor of MIS, CS and Communication at the University of Arizona: Dr. Jay Nunamaker is Regents and Soldwedel Professor of MIS, Computer Science and Communication.  He is Director of the Center for the Management of Information and the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS) at the University of Arizona. Dr. Nunamaker was inducted into the Design Science Hall of Fame, May 2008. Dr. Nunamaker received the LEO Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Association of Information Systems (AIS) at ICIS in Barcelona, Spain, December 2002.  He was elected a fellow of the AIS in 2000

and featured in the July 1997 Forbes Magazine issue on technology as one of eight key innovators in information technology.  Nunamaker is widely published with an H index of 53 (he is number 3 in Information Systems) in the fields of collaboration technology and deception detection.  He has co-founded four spin-off companies based on his research:  (1) Combinatories which was acquired by Mathematica, 1972, (2) PLEX Corporation by AT&T, 1981 (3) ULTA Systems, 1986, and (4) Ventana Corporaton, 1989 (later renamed GroupSystems Inc., 2000).  The commercial product, GroupSystems ThinkTank software, based upon Nunamaker’s research, is often referred to as the gold standard for structured collaboration systems.    He was a research assistant funded by the ISDOS project in industrial engineering at the University of Michigan and an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Purdue University.  He founded the MIS department at the University of Arizona, in 1974 and served as department head for 18 years.  Dr. Nunamaker received his Ph.D. in operations research and systems engineering from Case Institute of Technology, an M.S. and B.S. in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University.  He received his professional engineer’s license in 1965.

Dr. Elyse Golob, BORDERS Executive Director at the University of Arizona: Dr. Elyse Golob is the Executive Director of the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS) headquartered at the University of Arizona.  Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, BORDERS provides cross-cutting technology and basic research to enhance the nation’s security.  Dr. Golob’s expertise includes cross-border trade, economic development and border management policy. Her current projects include Border Crossings and U.S. Terrorist Attacks: Lessons for Protecting against Dangerous Entrants; Improving the Screening Process to Facilitate Trade at U.S.-Mexico Ports of Entry; Effective Binational Border Security Governance, and; Border Checkpoint Metrics, Effectiveness, Community Impacts, and Simulation Tools. She is conducting a joint research initiative with Frontex, the European Union border security agency based in Warsaw, where she recently organized a two-day workshop for European Border Guards on Artificial Intelligence for Screening and Decision Support at Border Crossings. Prior to Arizona, she served as a faculty member at Cornell University’s Department of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Cornell Urban Scholars Program; lead faculty of the Cities in the 21st Century Program, a division of Boston University's International Honors Program; and Vice-President for Economic Planning and Analysis at the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Dr. Golob received her doctorate from Rutgers University in Urban Planning and Policy Development. 

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Mark Borkowski