Border Security Legitimate Trade and Travel Immigration
Tony Ambler, Ph.D., Director and PI
Kurt Berens, Executive Director
The Borders, Trade, and Immigration (BTI) Institute, led by the University of Houston, conducts and transitions research, develops innovative solutions, and provides education that enhances the Nation's ability to secure the borders, facilitate legitimate trade and travel, and ensure the integrity of the immigration system. Through a multi-disciplinary team of national and international experts, the BTI Institute 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.
Release | Border Security Expo 2019
The BTI Institute participated in and hosted a booth during the Border Security Expo 2019 in San Antonio, TX March 26, 27, 2019.
Published | Border Management Magazine
BTI Institute featured in the first edition of the Border Management Magazine.
News Story | Magee, Pereira speak at Women's Conference
Drs. Abria Magee and Maura Pereira De Leon spoke at the EMPOWER Women's Leadership Conference at the University of Houston.
News Story | Brown Bag, Blockchain
Blockchain is transforming global supply chain security. A lunch-and-learn hosted at the University of Houston.
News Story | Brown Bag, Human Trafficking
The role of the legal and medical professions in combating human trafficking. A lunch-and-learn hosted at the University of Houston.
Research Update | Hershberg presents findings
Researcher Eric Hershberg presents findings on his research to the American University Washington College of Law. Video available.
Release | Homeland Security Summer Internship Program
The BTI Institute Homeland Security Summer Internship program highlights.
Performance Year 2: Annual Report
Legitimate Trade and Travel
Associated with project Missed Detections: From Data to Actionable Estimates. Principal Investigator: Dennis Egan, Ph.D., Rutgers University.
Technical Report | Report on Deterrence: Summary and Sources
Technical Report | Report on Selected Data Sources
Technical Report | Report on Aggregating Imperfect Estimates of several key variables
Associated with project Modeling International Migrant Flows: Theory, Evidence and Forecast. Principal Investigator: David Leblang, Ph.d., University of Virginia
Associated with project The Impact of Central American Child and Family Migration on U.S. Communities. Principal Investigator: Eric Hershberg, Ph.d., American University
Associated with project Uncovering Human Smuggling Patterns from Guatemala to the U.S. Principal Investigator: Gary Hale, Voir Dire International, LLC
Presentation | 2018 Final Presentation to DHS
Associated with project A Systematic Process for Vulnerability Assessment of Biometric Systems at Borders. Principal Investigator: Bojan Cukic, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Associated with project Participatory Operational Assessment (POA): Evaluating and Predicting the Operational Effectiveness of Cargo Security Processes at Ports of Entry. Principal Investigator: Maria Burns, University of Houston
Associated with project Modeling Methodology and Simulation of Port-of-Entry Systems. Principal Investigator: Ben Melamed, Ph.D., Rutgers University
Associated with project Homeland Security Symposium Series. Principal Investigator: Victor Manjarrez, Jr., Ed.D., University of Texas El Paso
Report | Research in Brief (for symposia 1 through 14)
Associated with project Image and Video Person Identification in an Operational Environment. Principal Investigator: Ioannis A Kakadiarsi, PH.D., University of Houston
Katie McKeon, from Rutgers University and the Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, a DHS Center of Excellence, presented her project, The Modified Online Delphi Process Software during the 2018 DHS COE Summit May 29-31, 2018.
The following is a list of institutions or organizations who are associated with the BTI Institute through research funding, formal partnerships or intentional collaboration.
Non-profit Think Tank Partners: