Dr. Yuhong Zhang of TSU Receives DHS Award


Assistant professor Dr. Yuhong Zhang from Texas Southern University (TSU) has been awarded $50,000 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Program for Minority Serving Institutions for continued research and collaboration with the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS).

Dr. Zhang first partnered with BORDERS for the 2012 Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions. Her work titled, “Advanced Speech Feature Extraction for Automated Deception Detection,” contributed to BORDERS E2E research project, the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time (AVATAR). The AVATAR uses artificial intelligence and sensor technologies to flag suspicious or anomalous behavior that should be investigated more closely by a trained human agent in the field. 

The award will be administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). BORDERS looks forward to Dr. Zhang’s contributions to the AVATAR’s development. Her research is sure to take the automated screening technology a step closer to field implementation. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013