June 2011 Highlight
DHS-NIST Workshop on Homeland Security Modeling and Simulation
The U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate and NIST's Engineering Laboratory (EL) jointly hosted a Homeland Security Modeling & Simulation (M&S) Workshop on 14 & 15 June, 2011 at NIST in Gaithersburg. The intent of this workshop was to bring together a wide range of individuals from both government and the private sector to exchange information and benchmark knowledge on M&S and M&S-related issues for homeland security. More than 70 attended the workshop, which included experts on technical and operational issues from government, industry, and academia; representatives came from the U.S., Singapore, and Europe.
Dr. Bert Coursey, Director of Standards, DHS Science and Technology Directorate, and Dr. Vijay Srinivasan, Chief, NIST/EL's Manufacturing Systems Integration Division, gave welcoming addresses. The workshop had three keynote speeches:
- Dr. Keith Holtermann (Director of the DHS Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Exercise Division), on "Modeling & Simulation – An Exercise Perspective"
- Dr. William Grosshandler (Deputy Director for NIST/EL Building and Fire Research), on "Disaster-Resilient Buildings, Infrastructure, and Communities"
- Dr. Charles Hutchings (Senior Systems Engineer, DHS Management Directorate, Program Accountability and Risk Management Division) on "Perspective on the Use of Models and Simulations in Problem Solving for Homeland Security"
Four parallel working sessions provided opportunities to identify important domain-specific technical issues and share information on:
- Incident Management
- Critical Infrastructure Systems
- Hazardous Material Releases
- Healthcare Systems
The discussion topics of the working session included: 1) needs and requirements; 2) M&S resources; 3) best practices; 4) limitations, cautions, and warnings; and 5) R&D, standards, and implementation issues. The Workshop Program Committee assembled a draft compendium of information on modeling and simulation for homeland security in each of the four technical domains prior to the Workshop. These compendia were provided to the participants as pre-read materials and served as a baseline for review, discussion, validation, and extension in breakout sessions. Findings and recommendations from the workshop will be made available to stakeholders and the general public as a joint DHS/NIST workshop proceedings report.
Contact: Y. Tina Lee, 301-975-3550
Program: Homeland Security Simulation and Modeling Project