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The Mathematics of Homeland Security

A new two-day workshop for high school math teachers that introduces mathematical topics related to homeland security.

May 31 and June 1, 2007
8:30am to 4:00pm
Rutgers University/New Brunswick Busch Campus

Presentations by prominent researchers who are involved in applying mathematics to homeland security: David Madigan, Bill Pottenger, Fred Roberts, and Dona Schneider. Program director is Joseph G. Rosenstein.

Activities and materials that will enable you to introduce your students to how mathematics is applied to problems such as the following:

  • Getting early warning of the outbreak of a disease or a biological attack
  • Using mathematical modeling of the spread of diseases to identify preventive strategies and best responses to bioterrorism
  • Locating sensors to detect chemical, biological, or nuclear threats
  • Identifying the author of a document
  • Searching data for evidence of conspiracies
  • Inspecting containers at ports

Click here for descriptions of topics mentioned above.
Click here for biographies of the presenters.
Click here for a (tentative) program schedule.

This program has already taken place, and its 21 participants gave it very favorable reviews.  A suitably revised version of the program will be offered again, likely in the spring or summer of 2008; check here from time to time for dates and other information. 

Click here (participants only) to access slides of the presentations.

Fee: $350
(includes breakfast and lunch; housing available at additional charge)

Limited to 25 participants (one or two teachers per school)

Some familiarity expected with probability, statistics & vertex-edge graphs.

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For additional information, contact Debby Toti at toti@dimacs.rutgers.edu or 732-445-4065.

Sponsored by:

  • Department of Homeland Security Center for Dynamic Data Analysis (DyDAn) at Rutgers University
  • Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS)
  • Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education
    (NJ Professional Development Provider #2)