University of Maryland to Host American Semi-Final of the $500K International Security Innovation Competition

American Start-Ups Urged to Apply by June 15 Deadline COLLEGE PARK, Md. , June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland will host the American Regional Semi-Final of the 2008 Global Security Challenge (GSC), the...

US Semi-final: University of Maryland, College Park, USA , September 15, 2008

Final: London November 13, 2008

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UM a Leader in Security Research

The University of Maryland is involved in a broad array of interdisciplinary research to improve the nation's security and combat global terrorism. This includes intelligence and security research conducted by the Center for Advanced Study of Language ( and the new Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), and the Human Language Technology Center of Excellence, a joint center of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland that is funded by U.S. Department of Defense. The University of Maryland is also home to other units working to improve national and international security including: the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) ( developer of the Global Terrorism Database, the world's largest unclassified database of terrorism attacks; the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, developing language and behavior analysis software including its the SOMA Terror Organization Portal (STOP); the Laboratory for Physical Sciences (, where researchers from the university and the Department of Defense collaborate on research in advanced communication tactics and computer technologies; and the Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences (, a Department of Defense research lab focused on networking and telecommunications.

About Global Security Challenge

The Global Security Challenge (GSC) is an annual competition, founded by London Business School students, to find the most promising security start-up in the world. Now in its third year, the GSC seeks to stimulate technological innovations that make airports, cities and enterprises safer without encroaching on civil liberties.

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