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DHS Officials to Discuss Research Directions, Responding to National Emergencies at IEEE Homeland Security Conference

WASHINGTON (2 November 2010) — U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials Drs. Starnes Walker and Robert Griffin will kick off day three of the IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 10) as featured speakers. Walker, director of research for the DHS Science & Technology Directorate (S&T), will discuss DHS research directions, provide examples of current research initiatives and address the directorate’s strategic plan and realignment. The directorate is DHS’ primary research and development arm.Griffin, S&T director of first responder programs, will talk about harnessing science and technology to respond to national emergencies. He came to DHS in August after a 20-year career in local government as a senior leader and first responder.Walker will speak on Wednesday, 10 November at 8:30 a.m., with Griffin to immediately follow. HST 10 is scheduled for the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass., USA, 8-10 November 2010. For more information, visit or contact Bob Alongi at or 781-245-5405.HST 10 will bring together global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation. It will showcase selected technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in four tracks: cybersecurity; land and maritime border security; counter-WMD techniques, and critical infrastructure and key resources physical security; and attack and disaster preparation, recovery and response.An invitation-only track, featuring business development and user experience, will help invitees learn about business opportunities and user’s needs and requirements.HST 10 is produced by IEEE with technical support from DHS S&T and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. IEEE-USA is providing organizational support. Raytheon is the event platinum sponsor.For a short history of the conference, see

IEEE Green Technologies Conference Technical Paper Deadline Extended

WASHINGTON (2 November 2010) — IEEE Green Technologies Conference organizers have extended the deadline for technical papers to Monday 15 November. Papers are requested on topics related to current and emerging renewable energy sources and energy-reduction technologies. Accepted papers will be presented during the third-annual conference, 14-15 April 2011, at the Hilton Hotel in Baton Rouge, La. They will also be published in a conference proceedings CD and available through the digital library IEEE Xplore.Contributed papers, particularly in the following areas, are solicited:— Energy generation and storage technologies, including nuclear, wind, solar, water, geothermal, biomass, energy harvesting and storage— Energy usage reduction and conservation, including energy management, planning and forecasting, home and commercial automation, innovative HVAC and lighting— Architectural and engineering sustainable designs, including strategies for sustainability, performance evaluation, use of green building components and system management

— Environmental, legal, social, economic and political impacts, including emerging standards for renewable and reduced carbon emission energy sources, safety and technologies for developed and underdeveloped countries

— Smart Grid communication and control, including evolution and integration of renewable and reduced emission energy sources

— Environmental protection, including oil spill prevention and control

To submit a paper, go to, log in and use “GTC’11.” Submissions must describe original work not previously published or currently under review for publication in another conference or journal. Instructions can be found at  
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Papers must be submitted by 15 November. Authors will be notified by 20 January 2011 whether their papers are accepted. For questions regarding paper submissions, contact technical program chairs Dr. Jorge Aravena at or Dr. Hsiao-Chun Wu at for seminars and special sessions are also welcome and can be sent to Aravena at INFORMATION:The second IEEE Green Technologies Conference was held in Grapevine, Texas, in April. For an overview of the event, see  Because of increasing concerns about fossil fuel costs, supplies and emissions, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are more closely examining the commercial viability of renewable energy sources. The 2011 conference aims to look at solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, hydro and biomass technologies, among others, as well as alternative vehicle power sources such as fuel cells, gasoline and liquid natural gas electric hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.The 2011 IEEE Green Technologies Conference is sponsored by IEEE Region 5, the IEEE Baton Rouge Section and IEEE-USA, and supported by Louisiana State University and the city of Baton Rouge.IEEE-USA advances the public good and promotes the careers and public policy interests of more than 210,000 engineers, scientists and allied professionals who are U.S. members of IEEE. Chris McManes IEEE-USA Public Relations Manager Phone: 1 202 530 8356