Smiths Detection, Duke University partner to research airport screening technologies

Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) is partnering with the Duke University Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in a “deep learning” digital solution project to advance airport checkpoint x-ray system screening capabilities, the company said.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has entered into a contract with Duke University for this deep learning initiative to refine and apply state-of-the-art machine learning techniques in the security space. In this case, Duke and SDI will partner to apply the deep learning methodology to enhance the capabilities of checkpoint x-ray systems.

The principal investigators for this effort will be Professor Lawrence Carin at Duke University and Dr. Kristofer Roe of Smiths Detection. Carin has more than 27 years of experience and is also Vice Provost of Research for Duke. Roe, currently Director, R&D — Imaging for SDI, is responsible for imaging technology research and development in the areas of screening and aviation security.

Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, provides threat detection and screening technologies for military, air transportation, homeland security, and emergency response markets. The company provides expertise to detect and identify constantly changing chemical, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats, as well as weapons, dangerous goods, contraband, and narcotics.