Opportunities and risks in the application of deep learning to security screening applications

Organization
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Reference Code
IC-18-48
How to Apply

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Application Deadline
3/12/2018 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
Description

Research Topic Description, including Problem Statement:

  • Research into the use of deep learning as a means of automating aspects of the security screening process, particularly as applied to interpretation of imaging data produced by aviation security screening systems is increasing. This brings with it undoubted opportunities to reduce the level of human effort required in the screening process, alongside potential improvements in levels of security. However, there are also risks in the early adoption of a rapidly evolving area of technology without full consideration of potential vulnerabilities, and how the effectiveness of systems can be rigorously quality assured both prior to deployment and throughout their lifecycle.

Example Approaches:

  • A study into potential vulnerabilities in current deep learning approaches as applied to security screening applications, such as automated threat detection in X-ray images or mmW people screening outputs.

  • A cost-benefit analysis study into the relative advantages and disadvantages of the use of deep learning is security screening applications.

  • An exploration of the public perception of deep learning as used in security screening.
Qualifications

Postdoc Eligibility

  • U.S. citizens only
  • Ph.D. in a relevant field must be completed before beginning the appointment and within five years of the application deadline
  • Proposal must be associated with an accredited U.S. university, college, or U.S. government laboratory
  • Eligible candidates may only receive one award from the IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program.

Research Advisor Eligibility

  • Must be an employee of an accredited U.S. university, college or U.S. government laboratory
  • Are not required to be U.S. citizens
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Doctoral Degree.
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    • Computer Sciences (17 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (23 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (13 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (47 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Nanotechnology (1 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (36 )