Call for Participation and Poster Submission: First Conference on Validating Models of Adversary Behavior

With support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, an upcoming June 23-26, 2013, conference in Buffalo, NY, will focus on this question and includes a student poster competition with a $500 prize.

Date: June 23-26, 2013 

Location: Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY, USA

Web site and registration:

Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on homeland security since September 11, 2001, and numerous models have been developed to study the strategic interactions between defenders and adversaries (e.g., attackers or terrorists). Unfortunately, few if any models have yet been validated using empirical data, limiting the application of those models in practice.

Supported by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), Drs. Jun Zhuang and Vicki Bier are organizing a conference on validating models of adversary behavior in Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY, in June 23-26, 2013. This conference is intended to bridge theoretical and empirical research on adversarial modeling, and facilitate transitioning of the best existing models of adversary behavior into practice by assessing and demonstrating their validity and applicability to real-world problems. A secondary goal of the conference is to encourage synergy and communication between risk analysts, statisticians, economists, and other social scientists engaged in terrorism modeling and research.

Our confirmed speakers include:

*Morral Andrew (RAND Corporation)

*Daniel Arce (University of Texas-Dallas)

*David Banks (Duke University)

*Vicki Bier (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

*Seth Guikema (John Hopkins University)

*Kjell Hausken (University of Stavanger, Norway)

*Richard John (University of Southern California/CREATE)

*Victor Jose (Georgetown University)

*Jason Merrick (Virginia Commonwealth University)

*Hamid Mohtadi (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

*Nageswara Rao (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

*Laura Razzolini (Virginia Commonwealth University)

*Bob Ross (Department of Homeland Security, retired)

*John Sawyer (University of Maryland/START).

*Steve Streetman (Data Architecture Solutions, Inc)

*Milind Tambe (University of Southern California/CREATE)

*Chen Wang (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

*Jun Zhuang (University at Buffalo)

The poster presentation and competition will be held on June 24 during dinner buffet reception. Student poster presentation winner will be awarded a certificate, as well as a $500 gift card from a brand at his/her choice.

Let us know if you have any questions. 


Conference chairs:

Jun Zhuang

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Vicki Bier

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison