As a consortium of premier universities that live and work on the border, The National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS) is committed to ensuring that government agencies and stakeholders have the necessary tools and information to better understand and proactively respond to border issues. Our singular focus will be to provide our sponsors with well-founded and scientifically-informed knowledge to expedite the development of innovative, practical, and cost-effective solutions to help satisfy the ever-changing demands of their operational environment.
To respond to DHS identified interest areas, BORDERS will focus on seven major research areas:
- Detection: Humans, Vehicles and Decision Support
- Networks: Interoperability, Reliability and C3
- Fusion: Tools and Approaches
- Risk: Mitigation, Assessment and Alignment
- Immigration: Economics, Policies and Alternatives
- Governance: Law Enforcement and International Cooperation
In all these research areas, BORDERS will:
- Engage in both visionary and user-inspired research.
- Serve as a systems integrator between border security technologies, border management, and immigration policies to deliver innovative, practical solutions.
- Use lessons learned from social science, public policy analysis, institutional design, and management to help define publicly-acceptable approaches and speed their acceptance and implementation with consideration for privacy and civil liberties.
- Create a collaborative infrastructure and network-centric model to facilitate communication among partners, advisory boards, stakeholders, end users, and other interested parties.
- Create a "wiki-like" Internet portal that serves as single source for distribution and real-time web-based collaborative dialogues. This will offer multiple users access to topical information and techniques on border security, including data collection to facilitate future research.
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