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Viz Center, San Diego State University
Geospatial visualization; cloud computing; web services of massive databases; border security; collaboration with International partners and governments like Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, India; human trafficking; criminal networks; link analysis; smartphones; Twitter and other near real-time crowdsourcing; GIS & imaging through time and life patterns, violence against women; environmental and energy crime and laundering of money through related fields; Tribal and especially border-tribal interactions

Faculty Members
Eric G. Frost, Geospatial Visualization
Jeffrey S. McIllwain, Transnational Crime
Akshay Pottathil, Information Security
David Henderman, Police Training
Robert Brown, Risk Analysis
John Persano, Fusion Centers and civ-mil collaboration

Contact Info
Primary Contact: Eric Frost, Prof., Director, Viz Center; Co-Director, Homeland Security Graduate Program
Viz Center
College of Sciences
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-1012
Phone: 619-417-2982
Website Address:

Center/Researcher Information
  • Number of Faculty: 20
  • Certified in Human Subjects Training (e.g., citi tran): Yes
  • Justice Agencies likely to collaborate with:
    ATF, DEA, FBI, Attorney General, Environmental and Natural Resources Division, NIJ, Office of Information Policy, SMART, Office of Tribal Justice, OVC, Office on Violence Against Women, US Marshals Service

  • Type of Outreach/Activities Engages In:
    Direct interaction with agencies, teaching Master's degree program in Homeland Security (200 graduate students), major exercises along border, massive disaster response globally, work with human trafficking, work with numerous agencies listed above

  • Grant Writing Expertise: Yes

  • Past sources of research funding:
    ONDCP, US Navy, ONR, NRL, DHS, NORTHCOM, State Department, private companies doing communication and mapping internationally on behalf of US government

  • Current Projects:
    DHS Next-generation Incident Command System; Training and Education to Baja police; Human Trafficking mapping; Environmental work as well as energy (oil and gas, electrical grid); social media (Twitter especially) usage for near real-time decision support

  • References:
    Can provide agencies contacts (if professional references); if journal references, can provide those as well

  • Indirect Cost Rates:
    49.5% for direct costs, though often done by subcontracting to constituent groups so overhead only on first $25K, rest is pass through

  • Organizational policies on the use of collected data:
    Data are held in variety of secure and often off-campus sites (like where ultra-high security and redundancy can be maintained and guaranteed. We also work with numerous closed groups and help build the datasets but house them inside other worlds.

  • Organizational policies on publications:
    As a group focused on produced real results, university is aware that most of our work will not be published and is encouraging to do the right thing rather than "publish or perish". Most of our work is therefore known only to the sponsor.

  • Number of Graduate Research Assistants: Project su
  • Number of Administrative Assistants and Staff: Project su
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