The past two years have seen significant interest and progress made in national security research in the areas of information technologies, organizational studies, and security-related public policy. Similar to medical and biological research that faces significant information overload and yet also tremendous opportunities for new innovation, law enforcement, criminal analysis, and intelligence communities are facing the same challenge. We believe, similar to “medical informatics” and “bioinformatics,” there is a pressing need to develop the science of “intelligence and security informatics”—the study of the use and development of advanced information technologies, systems, algorithms for national security related applications, through an integrated technological, organizational, and policy based approach.
The first Symposium on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI-2003) was held in June 2003 in Tucson, Arizona. (Information regarding ISI-2003 can be found here) Jointly hosted by the University of Arizona and the Tucson Police Department, this successful symposium provided a stimulating intellectual forum of discussions among previously disparate communities: academic researchers (in information technologies, computer science, public policy, and social studies), local, state, and federal law enforcement and intelligence experts, and information technology industry consultants and practitioners. The two-day symposium program included 5 keynote speakers, 14 invited speakers, 34 regular papers, and 30 posters, and attracted more than 140 attendees. The symposium proceedings were published in Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science as volume 2665.
Building on the momentum of ISI-2003, we held The Second Symposium on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI-2004) in June 2004 in Tucson, Arizona. ISI-2004 followed the tradition of ISI-2003 in bringing together technical and policy researchers from a variety of fields and in providing a highly interactive forum to facilitate communication and community building between government funding agencies, academia, and practitioners. From a technical perspective, the papers accepted at ISI-2004 are of high quality and from diverse disciplines. Using ISI-2003 papers as a benchmark, there is a clear indication of tangible research progress made in many fronts both in depth and in coverage. In addition, several new research topics of significant practical relevance (e.g., trust management, information assurance, disease informatics) have emerged.
is part of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference
on Digital Libraries 2004 (JCDL)
workshop series. The one and a half
day program included one
plenary panel discussion session focusing on the perspectives and future research directions of the government funding agencies, two invited panel sessions (one on terrorism research, the other on knowledge discovery and dissemination), 41 regular papers, six posters, and three panel discussion papers.
The symposium proceedings is published by Springer-Verlag as volume 3073 of its Lecture Notes in Computer Science series.