Researchers a the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, have been awarded a $2 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to improve detection of invasive species coming into the U.S. through container shipments.
"We are very excited about this project, and hope that we will find a solution that will greatly advance current agricultural inspection processes to minimize the threat of invasive species entering the U.S.," says Dr. Hady Salloum, Stevens Associate Dean of Research in the School of Engineering and Science, who will be leading the research. "The challenge is to detect multiple pests and rodents at ports of entry before they make their way into the United States," says Dr. Salloum. "For the most part, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agricultural inspectors currently use manual techniques to detect the presence of pests."
Radar or passive acoustic techniques are being explored as possible solutions.