SINTEL debuts - a new boost to Stevens' security expertise

August 22, 2005

HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Stevens Institute of Technology, in partnership with the US Navy, has announced the debut of a unique research facility, the Secure Infrastructure Technology Laboratory (SINTEL). The lab was established with an initial grant of $6.8 million from the US Office of Naval Research (ONR). An additional $6 million is earmarked for FY 2006. "SINTEL is a synthesis and expansion of Stevens' already vast expertise in the area of homeland security technologies," said Stevens' President Dr. Harold J. Raveché. "It will serve the needs of the US Navy and others by leveraging several existing research centers, which are already engaged in Naval Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection work, as well as infrastructure security research."

"SINTEL is an interdisciplinary laboratory for real time systems development for the protection of maritime infrastructure. It tests and analyzes threat scenarios in the realistic environment of the NY Harbor," said Stevens' Vice President for Institute Technology Initiatives (ITI), Dr. Helena S. Wisniewski, to whom the Director of SINTEL reports. "The goal of SINTEL, Wisniewski continued, is to provide each member of the ship's crew with automated, real time situational information for the entire ship, in a hand held device. This information includes threat assessment and automated decision aides."

The benefits of SINTEL include: The applications include: "To achieve our goal we will take advantage of our realistic maritime environment, and develop systems which integrate real-time mobile and remote ocean sensor capability, ocean forecast models, wireless networking, automated decision aids and advanced human computer interfaces will provide a secure infrastructure technology research and development enterprise unequaled in the United States," said Dr. Michael S. Bruno, who co-founded SINTEL, will serve as SINTEL's interim director.

"To demonstrate the uniqueness and utility of the new facility," he continued, "we will start with a multi-disciplinary intensive - 6 month - project to run an experiment on the detection and classification of moving underwater objects. This experiment will be run in the maritime environment of the New York harbor, will use, threat assessment algorithms, control algorithms, systems-level data management and fusion, and will address scenarios of concern to the Navy."

This intensive effort will feed into a series of longer term critical technology initiatives that will be pursued to achieve SINTEL's goals. SINTEL provides a unique facility for real time collaborative technology development, testing, evaluation and experimentation of maritime situation awareness problems. It is based on a spiral development approach to systems, and leverages technology from a number of Stevens Centers, including:

"Protection of Naval Infrastructure against terrorist attack is extremely critical," said VP Wisniewski. "Defending against the asymmetric threats to our Navy forces at home and abroad constitutes the primary research, modeling and development business of SINTEL. We at Stevens are proud to have the opportunity to contribute to such an important area involving our nation's security."
About Stevens Institute of Technology

Established in 1870, Stevens offers baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degrees in engineering, science, computer science, management and technology management, as well as a baccalaureate in the humanities and liberal arts, and in business and technology. The university has enrollments of approximately 1,780 undergraduates and 2,700 graduate students, and a current enrollment of 2,250 online-learning students worldwide. Additional information may be obtained from its web page at

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