BORDERS Facilities


Arizona Public Service Technical Classroom

University of Arizona

The Arizona Public Service Technical Classroom (APSTC) is a cutting edge workspace conducive to collaborative meetings, process and data modeling, research, and training. This laboratory houses 32 networked computers containing an assortment of collaborative and process modeling software to support group interaction. State of the art multimedia equipment includes three large rear projection screens allowing video and digital input, scannable whiteboards enabling the capture of significant information, a professionally designed adjustable lighting system to support various work tasks, and discernable acoustics to ensure vocal delivery. The facility also possesses video conferencing capability, allowing groups to collaborate with distant parties. In a research setting, the room offers camera mounts, one-way observation mirrors, and personal workstations, allowing researchers to run a number of experiments in trust, deception, and collaboration. In a training environment, the multiple networked workstations afford electronic participation in courses, conversations, and proceedings. In addition, the novelty of this class environment offers students an exceptional learning experience exemplary of future education.

Deception Detection Lab

University of Arizona

Sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Army Research Institute (ARI), the Center for the Management of Information established the Deception Detection Laboratory (DDL). This laboratory is focused on conducting deception detection research at an unprecedented level of granularity and comprehensiveness.

The DDL is designed to be versatile, facilitating experiments that range from standard interviewing to collaborative work groups. The lab is equipped with modular tables, high-speed cameras, a 3D-movement camera, high-end microphones and audio mixing systems, eye tracking systems, a force platform, linguistic analysis software, rapid screening kiosks for credibility assessment, customizable lighting, observation areas, and a dedicated LAN supporting up to 36 workstations. The lab has also hosted experiments using thermal imaging, laser-Doppler vibrometry (LDV), and pupillometry systems. The advanced laboratory instrumentation enables CMI to significantly enhance its research capabilities for discovering reliable indicators of deception, moves the research program and prototype development closer to realizing "real-time" deception detection requirements, and enables better collaboration with current and prospective research partners.

Example experiments conducted in the DDL include:

  • An investigation of criminal interviews
  • An exploration into cultural differences in non-verbal deception behavior
  • An analysis of security screening personnel vigilance
  • Tests of 3-Dimensional camera systems
  • An investigation of oculometrics using the Concealed Information Test as a framework

The DDL is directed by Dr. Jay F. Nunamaker and is maintained by Christopher B. R. Diller.

Artificial Intelligence Lab

University of Arizona

The Artificial Intelligence Lab is known for its adaptation and development of scalable and practical artificial intelligence, neural networks, genetic algorithms, statistical analysis, computational linguistics, and visualization techniques. The Lab is equipped with over 25 high-end workstations, an SGI supercomputer (Origin2000), and high-speed networking equipment. Research development platforms have ranged from supercomputers (CM-5, HP Convex Exemplar, SGI Power Challenge and Origin2000), to workstations (Silicon Graphics, HP, and DEC Alpha), and Pentium-based Windows/NT.

Center for Earth Systems Analysis and Research (CESAR)

San Diego State University

CESAR has extensive GIS, Remote Sensing, and cartography software resources including ArcGIS and related products and ERDAS Imagine from Leica. The Center research equipment is augmented by facilities in the Department of Geography including three field vehicles, a wide array of field measuring devices, a class "A" weather station and a physical geography laboratory. The lab also has the Airborne Data Acquisition and Registration (ADAR) System 5500 which is an airborne multispectral digital camera system that operates from conventional aerial photography aircraft.

Visualization Laboratory

San Diego State University

The Visualization Laboratory at SDSU is focused technology that enables collaborative analysis and visualization of scientific data. The lab houses visualization theaters featuring room-size, multi-megapixel panorama screens and 3D projection systems. The lab pursues four major themes which provide a framework for the center:

  • Homeland Security
  • Natural disaster mitigation and response
  • Global sharing of information and collaborative visualizations
  • Remote sensing and environmental monitoring

Aircraft Structures Lab

University of Arizona

The Aircraft Structures Lab provides a facility for the manufacture, assembly, and ground testing of micro air vehicles and their components.  The following research stations are housed in a space of 3600 sq. ft.:  composite manufacturing station; stands for evaluating power plants, navigation, and controls of aerial vehicles; micro balances and flapping-wing setup.

The capabilities of the Laboratory include:

  • Modeling and simulation of the aerodynamics of fixed and flapping wings for Micro Air Vehicles
  • Design and demonstration of tele-operated Micro-Air Vehicles with in-flight adaptive wings
  • Fully autonomous Micro Air Vehicles

Unmanned Aerial Systems Technical Analysis and Applications Center

New Mexico State University

The Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) runs the UAV Systems and Operations Validation program. It is a member of the joint regional UAV Test and Evaluation Center and partners with the 46th Test Group at Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range.

Micro UAV Test-Bed

West Virginia University

Develop a small, ultra low-cost, and flexible UAV test-bed using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components. The Micro UAV has the following flexible capabilities:

  • Adaptable to various types of payloads and sensors
  • Flight Control System (FCS) can be easily configured for numerous controller designes and mission requirements
  • Flight testing task can be performed at a local field to minimize the turn-around time

Aerodynamics Lab

West Virginia University

Equipped with different wind tunnels for extensive testing of air frames:

  • Subsonic Wind Tunnel - 32 x 45 inch test section single return type, low turbulence, speed variable from 0 to 250 ft/sec
  • Subsonic Wind Tunnel - 6 x 6 inch test section, single pass type, low turbulence, speed variable from 0 to 80 ft/sec
  • Supersonic Wind Tunnel - 4 x 5 inch test section, continuous indraft type, fixed Mach number of 1.55
  • Supersonic Wind Tunnel - 4 x 4 inch test section, 30 second run blow down type, continuously variable Mach number from 1.8 to 3.8
  • Shock Tube - 2-1/2 inch inside diameter, 35 ft. length in five interchangeable sections, plunger or pressure initiated diaphragm bursts in variable length driver, 2000 psi working pressure, shockwave Mach numbers from 1 to 10.
  • Shock Tunnel - 4 inch free jet nozzle attached to shock tube described above (item 5), flow Mach number of 7, test time of a few milliseconds
  • Arc Tunnel - A 78 kW, electric arc heated, hyper velocity continuous-running tunnel has been constructed for research in plasma diagnostic techniques. Capable of producing a simulated air plasma with up to 16,000 BTU/LB and 13,000 ft/sec.
  • V/Stol Propeller Facility - 14 or 15 inch diameter, 11,200 rpm, three or four blade fiberglass propeller with 1.5 or 5 HP motor and variable frequency drive control
  • V/Stol Subsonic Thrust Stand - Primary application is for determining exhaust system performance. Available test sections are 3" x 8-1/4" (rectangular) and 6" diameter (circular)

College Ranch Test Range

New Mexico State University

NMSU's college ranch, formally known as the Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center, is a 100 square mile outdoor laboratory for testing border security technologies. The test range integrates, tests and evaluates components and systems to reduce the risk of technology deployment. The range is used to assess UAV applications and surveillance systems and conduct Command and Control modeling, simulation, and verification.

Applied Physics Laboratory

University of Washington

APL-UW scientists are developing expertise in coastal and small-scale oceanography and the new physics required for tactical superiority in shallow water environments. Our scientists and engineers make important contributions to understanding the earth's climate cycles with satellite and in situ sensing of ocean winds, currents, and air-sea fluxes; observations of Arctic sea ice, its variations and effects on mid-latitude oceans; and ocean tomography that reveals how the abyssal ocean mixes and sequesters carbon. APL-UW continues to lead research in the basic and applied physics of sound—from sonars used to probe the geology of the deep ocean floor to hand-held high-frequency focused ultrasound devices to image and stop internal bleeding without surgery.

Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing Laboratory

University of Washington

The goal of the Electromagnetics and Remote Sensing Laboratory is to understand the fundamentals of wave propagation in random and complex media and apply this research to new technology in several applications such as medical optics, environmental observations, defense and security, and wireless communications.

Decision Theater

Arizona State University

A research facility and decision lab for exploring and understanding decision-making in uncertain systems. The lab is focused on policy relevant models and visualization and is best suited for: system dynamics, geographic information systems, data mining, statistical analysis and 3-D modeling applications.

The Playas Training and Research Center

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

The Playas Training and Research Center (PTRC) in southwestern New Mexico is a unique center of excellence providing training, operational support and research, development, test and evaluation in a real world environment for customer organizations using our experience, expertise and facilities to develop, evaluate and deploy techniques and technologies to improve the safety, security and global quality of life.

Science and Technology Park

University of Arizona

The Science and Technology Park is dedicated to:

  • transfer technology from the laboratory to the marketplace
  • strengthen and enhance the educational research and outreach missions of the University of Arizona
  • contribute to the discovery and development of new technologies
  • assist in the development and growth of high technology companies
  • contribute to the economic development of the community and state

Executive Decision Center

University of Arizona

The design of the Executive Decision Room fosters a warm corporate atmosphere encouraging focused discussion and extends to an observation room and break out room to support corporate meetings. It features a professionally designed adjustable lighting system, two six foot public rear projection screens, and classroom style, tiered semi-circular seating. This collaboratory is dedicated to support enterprise processes such as strategic planning, focus group gatherings, and other business collaboration. Plans for this room include equipping it to support processes of the virtual organization.

Video Production Studio

University of Arizona

The Drachman Multimedia Studio is equipped with state of the art video and audio editing technology. This technology includes an Avid Xpress Video Workstation, which enables our researchers to edit and combine separate video segments into a split-screen composite for observational coding purposes. The capability exists for real time video editing and instant video modification.

The facility is equipped with a gigabit network and high-end multimedia workstations and servers which allow the creation of rich content applications and training materials such as training videos and multimedia analysis applications. The Drachman facility also includes a small video recording studio complete with professional lighting, sound proofing, and a teleprompter.