Israeli-US research team to explore issues of homeland security

Professors from The Technion in Haifa will work in partnership with academics from Yale in New Haven.A new three-year partnership on homeland security and counterterrorism research has been formed between The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and the Yale …

Professors from The Technion in Haifa will work in partnership with academics from Yale in New Haven.A new three-year partnership on homeland security and counterterrorism research has been formed between The Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa and the Yale School of Management (SOM) in New Haven, Connecticut.

The research, which is being funded by Daniel Rose, chairman of Rose Associates, and a graduate of Yale College, will bring together top researchers from the Technion and Yale SOM to explore the strategic, tactical, and operational problems that emerge in the areas of homeland security and counterterrorism. The goal is to develop new tools for decision-making and policy analysis.

Out of necessity, Israel has become renowned world wide for its expertise in the field of homeland security and antiterrorism. There are some 600 Israeli companies operating in the field, and many are leading players in the US security industry. International officials often fly to Israel to learn more about the field.

The new Technion-Yale research will focus on topics ranging from allocation of counterterrorism assets, to decision-making under uncertainty, the tradeoff between human intelligence and technology, and exploring sophisticated data analysis techniques to identify the whereabouts of terrorists.

“This investment by Daniel Rose is a clear endorsement of the world-class research being conducted at the Technion – and of the importance of that research to the global community,” said Technion president Prof. Yitzhak Apeloig.

“The unique combination of our strong anti-terror research and the problem-solving and management-based approach for which the Yale School of Management is known holds great promise for a safer – and more integrated – world,” he continued.

“This partnership to study the mechanics of terrorism brings together Israel, a country that is preeminent in the areas of security and anti-terror, and the US, which is needy in these areas,” Rose announced.

The principal investigators in the new research project are Technion researchers Boaz Golany, a professor of engineering; Abraham Marmur, a professor of water science and technology; Uriel Rothblum, director of the Technion’s Center for Security Science and Technology; and Edward H. Kaplan, a professor of management sciences, public health, and engineering at Yale.

The partnership builds on existing collaboration between the researchers while promoting further synergy between these leading Israeli and American institutions.

In addition to providing research funding for the principal investigators, the Rose gift will help support the exchange of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers between the two institutions, sponsor sessions at international research conferences, develop a seminar in homeland security and counterterrorism operations at Yale, and provide seed funding for faculty aimed at encouraging research in this area.

Yale University President Richard C. Levin said, “We are pleased to be a research partner with Technion on a subject of such profound importance to our global society.”