ALERT (Awareness and Localization of Explosives-Related Threats) is a multi-university Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence (COE).

One of 9 Centers of Excellence across the country, ALERT is a multi-university, multi-institution, partnership that conducts transformational research, technology and educational development for effective response to explosives-related threats.

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News & Events

October 30, 2020
ALERT SPARC Webinar Series 2020

ALERT is proud to announce that the full series of eight SPARC (Seminars to Promote ALERT Research and Collaboration) webinars is now available to watch online. These webinars were designed to provide attendees with a view of the collaborative research that ALERT faculty, industry members, and government partners have engaged in during the final year of ALERT’s core funding period.

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October 30, 2020
ALERT Researchers Work with U.S Army on Energetic Materials

ALERT Research Thrust 2 lead, Professor Steve Beaudoin and Professor Jeffrey Rhoads, both of Purdue University, are engaged in a three-year collaboration with the US Army to advance technology concerning explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics.

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October 30, 2020
ALERT Phase 2 Year 7 Annual Report Available Online!

In the Phase 2, Year 7 Annual Report, ALERT shares progress updates, milestone results and final outcomes of the projects in its four homeland-security research thrusts, related to explosives characterization; trace and vapor sensing; sensor and sensor system development; video analytics; and more.

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Innovation Fast Track

EXCLUSIVE TO CENTER MEMBERS: Log in to explore your Innovation Fast Track, an online portal that gives you one-stop access to center researchers, funding opportunities, exclusive events and more.

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Student Central

Students, get connected with Industry Partners, find out about research and volunteer opportunities within ALERT, or get advice on how to best showcase your work at Student Central.

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The Partnership

ALERT is led by Northeastern University (NEU) and includes three key academic strategic partners: Boston University, Purdue University, and University of Rhode Island (URI).

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