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Innovation and Technology


Innovation and Technology

Project Title Investigators Project Period
Violent Non-state Actors and Contested Space Operations Amy Pate, Barnett S. Koven August, 2017 to April, 2018
Towards an Understanding of Explosive Detection Technology Adoption: Results from Two Surveys Brooke Liu May, 2016 to June, 2017
Geospatial Analysis of Terror Finance Marcus A. Boyd July, 2015 to July, 2016
Mapping and Evaluating Online Salafi-Jihadism Arie Kruglanski, Jarret Brachman, Michele Gelfand July, 2012 to December, 2014
Understanding and Combating Mass Casualty Terrorism (MCT) Gary Ackerman, Victor Asal June, 2008 to December, 2011
Behavioral Assessments Based on Automated Text Analyses James Pennebaker November, 2008 to May, 2010
More Bang for the Buck?: Examining the Effect of Technological Change on Terrorist Use of Weapons of Mass Destruction Gary Ackerman, Jeffrey Bale July, 2005 to September, 2009
Project Title Publication Date START Authors Publication Type
'Designing Danger': Complex Engineering by Violent Non-State Actors: Introduction to the Special Issue April 2016 Ackerman, Gary Journal Article
A Smart Bomb in Every Garage? Driverless Cars and the Future of Terrorist Attacks September 2015 Discussion Point
A.Q. Khan Nuclear Smuggling Network March 2016 Journal Article
Al-Qaeda's Propaganda Decoded: A Psycholinguistic System for Detecting Variations in Terrorism Ideology May 2016 Kruglanski, Arie; Gelfand, Michele Journal Article
An Aggregation of Geo-coded Violent and Non-violent Conflict Events April 2016 McGrath, Erin Conference Paper
Anthrax in Transit: Practical Experience and Intellectual Exchange September 2008 Jones, Susan Journal Article
Aum Shinrikyo’s Nuclear and Chemical Weapons Development Efforts March 2016 Smith, Daniel Journal Article
Autologistic Models for Benchmark Risk or Vulnerability Assessment of Urban Terrorism Outcomes October 2017 Cutter, Susan Journal Article
Comparative Analysis of VNSA Complex Engineering Efforts March 2016 Ackerman, Gary Journal Article
Comparing Social Media and Traditional Surveys Around the Boston Marathon Bombing April 2016 McGrath, Erin; LaFree, Gary Conference Paper
Computational Social Science: Understanding Terrorist Attacks on Twitter July 2016 McGrath, Erin Discussion Point
Coping with Uncertainty in Adversarial Risk Analysis January 2017 Bier, Vicki Journal Article
Countering Violent Extremism Online and Offline January 2017 Szmania, Susan Journal Article
Counting Little Words in Big Data November 2012 Pennebaker, James Book Chapter
Data-Driven System Identification of the Social Network Dynamics in Online Postings of an Extremist Group June 2016 Freilich, Joshua; Chermak, Steven Conference Paper
Development and Optimization of Machine Learning Algorithms and Models of Relevance to START Databases April 2016 Misra, Prabhakar Report
Diffusing Controversial Technology: Barriers, Incentives, and Lessons Learned July 2015 Liu, Brooke; Petrun Sayers, Elizabeth; Ackerman, Gary; Roberts, Holly; Iles, Irina A. Journal Article
Digging Into Israel: The Sophisticated Tunneling Network of Hamas March 2016 Journal Article
Driving-Forces Model on Individual Behavior in Scenarios Considering Moving Threat Agents April 2017 Zhuang, Jun Journal Article
Ethnopolitical Political Mobilization on the Web March 2006 Harwood, Paul Conference Paper
Exploring Behavioral Regions in Agents' Mental Maps August 2015 Journal Article
Explosive Detection Technology Adoption: Findings from a General Population Survey October 2017 Liu, Brooke; Iles, Irina A.; Egnoto, Michael Research Brief
Guiding Principles for Countering and Displacing Extremist Narratives August 2016 Beutel, Alejandro; Weine, Stevan Journal Article
Illegal Roaming and File Manipulation on Target Computers: Assessing the Effect of Sanction Threats on System Trespassers’ Online Behaviors August 2017 Maimon, David Journal Article
Innovations in Disaster Mental Health Services and Evaluation: National, State, and Local Responses to Hurricane Katrina April 2009 Norris, Fran Journal Article
Innovative Algorithm and Database Development Relevant to Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Efforts at START August 2014 Misra, Prabhakar Report
Insider Threat for Inbound International Air Cargo October 2015 Sin, Steve
It's not Big Data, but Little Data, that Prevents Terrorist Attacks July 2013 Dahl, Erik Discussion Point
Los Zetas and Proprietary Radio Network Development March 2016 Halverson, James Journal Article
Micro Big Data and Geosimulation April 2015 Conference Paper
Motivations, Mechanisms and Determinants of Terrorist Technology Transfer October 2017 Ackerman, Gary; Halverson, James; Earnhardt, Rebecca (Becca) Research Brief
N-stage Security Screening Strategies in the Face of Strategic Applicants September 2017 Zhuang, Jun Journal Article
Perspectives on Cybersecurity Information Sharing among Multiple Stakeholders Using a Decision-Theoretic Approach August 2017 Zhuang, Jun Journal Article
Putting Terrorism in Context: Lessons from the Global Terrorism Database (Contemporary Terrorism Studies) January 2015 Miller, Erin; LaFree, Gary; Dugan, Laura Book
Search Engines: Terrorism's Killer App July 2008 Harwood, Paul; Asal, Victor Journal Article
Searching for the Nuclear Silk Road: Geospatial Analysis of Potential Illicit Radiological and Nuclear Material Trafficking Pathways January 2016 Boyd, Marcus; Sin, Steve Book Chapter
Slipstreaming Human Geosimulation in Virtual Geographic Environments February 2015 Journal Article
Terrorism January 2016 Dugan, Laura Book Chapter
Terrorism and the Internet January 2017 LaFree, Gary Journal Article
Terrorist Use of the Internet by the Numbers: Quantifying Behaviors, Patterns, and Processes January 2017 Horgan, John Journal Article
The Internet in the Islamic world: No panacea for democracy. January 2008 McLeod, Douglas Journal Article
The Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Development of Mortars March 2016 Ackerman, Gary Journal Article
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Development of Narco-Submarines March 2016 Jacome, Michelle Journal Article
The Role of Risk Preferences in a Multi-Target Defender-Attacker Resource Allocation Game August 2017 Zhuang, Jun Journal Article
Understanding the Adoption Process of National Security Technology: An Integration of Diffusion of Innovations and Volitional Behavior Theories February 2017 Liu, Brooke; Smith, Daniel; Ackerman, Gary; Roberts, Holly; Iles, Irina A.; Egnoto, Michael Journal Article
Utilizing Web-based GIS Platform to Visualize and Explore the Spatiotemporal Trajectory Behavior Pattern April 2015 Conference Paper
Violent Jihadism in Real Time: Al-Shabaab's Use of Twitter January 2013 Research Brief
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New study examines FARC’s development of narco-submarines
START study leads to support for SLTT officials
Designing Danger: Complex Engineering by Violent Non-State Actors
Intern team authors peer-reviewed journal article on Hamas
Scavenger hunt activity helps START team assess capability of mobile radiation detectors
START launches online course on terror-crime nexus and CBRN
A Smart Bomb in Every Garage? Driverless Cars and the Future of Terrorist Attacks
Study finds that warning banners deter hackers
Discussion Point: The Benefits and Drawbacks of Methodological Advancements in Data Collection and Coding: Insights from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
START Newsletter: Intelligence and security; perspectives on terrorism; Hezbollah; 'big data' and coding
Discussion Point: Embrace "Big Data," but don't ignore the human element in data coding
START seeking 2014 Outstanding Article Award nominations
JOB OPPORTUNITY: IT Student Assistant - Application Development
Discussion Point: It's not Big Data, but Little Data, that Prevents Terrorist Attacks
Call for Proposals: Interactive teaching units on human aspects of cybersecurity
Policy specialist takes on new challenge with START's Graduate Certificate
Jeffrey Lewis discusses history and culture behind suicide bombings
START research informs Senate report on Chesser
START Bulletin Summer 2008 Inaugural Issue
New Fall 2008 UMD Course: Innovation and Terrorist Tactics
START Announces 2007-08 Fellowship Awards
START Research Symposium: Wednesday, June 28th
START Announces Fellowships for 2005-06
White House Science and Technology Director Addresses Need for Innovations to Combat Terrorism
Image Title Job Title Institution
Cory Davenport Cory Davenport

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Daniel Smith

Senior Research Specialist, START

University of Maryland
Elizabeth Petrun Elizabeth Petrun Sayers

Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist

RAND Corporation
Emily Iarocci Emily Iarocci

Senior Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Gary Ackerman Gary Ackerman

Director, Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division, START

University of Maryland
Gina Scott Ligon Gina Scott Ligon

Associate Professor of Management and Director of R&D at the Center for Collaboration Science

University of Nebraska Omaha
James Halverson

Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Jeremy G. Carter

Associate Professor and Director of Criminal Justice, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
John Sawyer John Sawyer

Commercialization Director, START

University of Maryland
Manuela Caiani

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Institute for Advanced Studies
Marcus A. Boyd

Senior Researcher, GIS, START

University of Maryland
Prabhakar Misra Prabhakar Misra

Professor of Physics

Howard University
Rashmi Singh Rashmi Singh

Associate Professor

The Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais
Rebecca (Becca) Earnhardt

Researcher, START

University of Maryland
Richard D. Brecht

Co-Director, American Councils Research Center, American Councils for International Education

Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

University of Maryland
Roger Tourangeau

Research Professor Emeritus

University of Michigan
Victor Asal

Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Public Administration

University at Albany, State University of New York
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