Security technology

Robert Pless, Ph.D. (seated), assistant professor of computer science and engineering, conducts a real-time demo of his video surveillance system at the Annual Review of the Center for Security Technologies (CST) Jan. 26 in Lopata Hall. Pless is assistant CST director. The video camera is developing models of what typical motion is in a scene so that it can detect abnormal events or actions. The CST, founded two years ago, has 50 interdisciplinary University faculty working on a wide range of security technologies. In just the first five months of 2003, CST licensed two technologies, filed several patents and launched a startup company. Viewing the demonstration are (from left): Jody O’Sullivan, Ph.D., professor of electrical and systems engineering and associate CST director; Richard C.D. “Dick” Fleming, president and chief executive of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association; Dan O’Sullivan, president of Brick Network in St. Louis and a 1988 alumnus; and Paul Heirendt of TradeHarbor Inc. of St. Louis.

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