IIE Transactions

IIE Transactions
Focused Issue on Operations Engineering and Analysis
Homeland Security Department

Accepted Papers

The following papers were accepted by this department for publication in IIE Transactions. Publication information is provided when available.

The following articles related to homeland security also appear in IIE Transactions.


Editors (2010 to 2012)

Submission Information

Authors interested in submitting papers to this department are encouraged to contact the Ron Askin, Editor-in-Chief, at ron.askin@asu.edu.

For more information about IIE Transactions and the manuscript submission process, visit the journal web site.

Department Statement

Homeland security requires designing effective and efficient systems for securing borders, protecting transportation systems and other critical infrastructure, analyzing threats, detecting attacks, responding to natural disasters and terrorism, and recovering from these emergencies. Poorly designed systems increase the chances that an attack will occur and magnify the impact of an attack or disaster, resulting in more deaths, injuries, and financial losses. These systems include those that are operating every day (such as airline passenger screening) and those that exist only as plans for possible scenarios (such as the mass dispensing of medication in response to the release of anthrax). In either case, the models and methodologies of operations research can be applied to design better systems.

This department intends to publish papers that describe innovative operations research models and methodologies that can help organizations design better homeland security systems, including those for planning, prevention, response, and recovery. This department defines homeland security broadly but is focused on advanced quantitative and analytical methods to design systems, make better decisions, and solve problems. Accordingly, papers describing straightforward applications of existing techniques should be submitted to other venues.

The department's scope includes the following topics (and other related topics):

  • threat analysis
  • information analysis
  • border, maritime, and port security
  • explosives detection
  • transportation security
  • protecting critical infrastructure
  • cyber security
  • food safety
  • detecting attacks
  • predicting the consequences of an attack
  • emergency preparedness and response
  • evacuation modeling
  • recovery efforts

Papers submitted to this department must clearly motivate the problem's relevance to homeland security and should make substantive and innovative contributions to solving the problem. Papers that describe collaborations and applications of the research and papers that evaluate public policy alternatives are particularly desired.

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