Border Security

Research Areas

Transnational Flows of People: Monitoring & Facilitation and Organized Crime

Transnational Flows of Goods: Port of the Future and Trade Compliance

Homeland Security Enterprise Education

Homeland Security Enterprise Workforce Development

About Us

University of Houston         
4839 Calhoun Rd, Rm 373
Houston, TX 77204-6022
Tel:  713-743-1255

BTI Factsheet


Ioannis A. Kakadiaris, Ph.D., Director, Principle Investigator
Ioannis Konstantinidis, Ph.D., Executive Director
Kevin Clement, Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships

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Borders, Trade, & Immigration

Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute (BTI), led by the University of Houston, conducts research and provides education materials to enhance the nation's ability to secure our borders, facilitate legitimate trade and travel, and ensure the integrity of our immigration policies. Through a multi-disciplinary team of national and international experts, BTI delivers transformational technology-driven solutions, data-informed policies, workforce development opportunities for today's Homeland Security Enterprise, and trans-disciplinary education for the next generation of homeland security experts.

Center Activity

BTI Workplans:

Workplan Years 1-2: December 2015

Workplan Year 2: June 2016

BTI Annual Report:

2016 Annual Report

Thrust 1: Transnational Flows of People

Theme P.1: Monitoring           

  • Image and Video Person Identification in an Operational Environment: Phase I
  • Unconstrained Face Recognition using Cell Phone Devices: Faces in the Wild
  • A Systematic Process for Vulnerability Assessment of Biometric Systems at Borders
  • Immigration Workshop
  • Empirical Survey of Recidivism and Intentions for Apprehended Unauthorized Immigrants

Theme P.2: Facilitation            

  • Developing a Concept of Operations for an Innovative System for Measuring Wait Times at Land Ports of Entry      
  • Modeling Methodology and Simulation of Port-of-Entry Systems    

Theme P.3: Organized Crime  

  • Uncovering Human Smuggling Patterns from Guatemala to the U.S.

Thrust 2: Transnational Flows of Goods

Theme G.1: Ports of the Future         

  • GPS/GNSS and Communication Authentication Standards for RECONS           
  • Participatory Operational Assessment (POA): Evaluating and predicting the operational effectiveness of Cargo Security Processes at Ports of Entry        

Theme G.2: Trade Compliance           

  • Leveraging U.S. Export Control Reform: New Challenges and Opportunities for U.S. Government Efforts to Counter WMD Proliferation through Enforcement of Export Controls      

Thrust 3: HSE Education 

Theme E.1: Project-Based STEM Learning  

  • Security Technologies Kitchen (STK)             

Thrust 4: HSE Workforce Development

Theme W.1: HSE Symposia     

  • Homeland Security Symposium Series           

The BTI partners are listed below. Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) are noted with an asterisk.


Academic Partners:

Middlebury Institute of International Studies, CA

Rutgers University, NJ  *

Texas A&M International University, TX *

Texas A&M Transportation Institute, TX

University of Arizona, AZ *

University of Houston, TX *

University of Minnesota, MN

University of North Carolina - Charlotte, NC

University of Texas, El Paso, TX *

West Virginia University, WV


Corporate Partner:

Voir Dire International, LLC, TX