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Center for Adaptive Security Research and Applications (CASRA/APSS)

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Thurgauerstrasse 39
8050
Zurich
Switzerland
+41 43 336 01 01
info@casra.ch
www.casra.ch
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26-50

 

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M.Sc. Christoph Meier (Vice Director)

Field of Activity


4. HORIZONTAL ACTIVITIES
» Navigation, guidance, control and tracking
» Scenario development and decision support
» Simulators, trainers and artificial environments
» Policy development
» Testing and validation

5. TECHNOLOGIES & MATERIALS
» Detection technologies

6. INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
» ICT applications
» Intelligence systems
» Artificial intelligence/robotics
» Cyber security
» Software, Data Processing

7. SOCIO-ECONOMIC SCIENCES AND THE HUMANITIES
» Human Sciences
» Social Sciences

Core competencies

The Center for Adaptive Security Research and Applications (CASRA) is based in Zurich and was founded in 2008. Our vision is clear: Enhancing people and technology for better security.
CASRA emerged from the Visual Cognition Research Group of the University of Zurich, which was founded by Adrian Schwaninger in 1999. Today, CASRA has a workforce of around 40 people, comprising of scientists, software developers, and aviation security experts.
The main objective of CASRA is to increase security and facilitation at airports and other critical infrastructures involving the interaction of people and technology:
› CASRA uses an interdisciplinary and holistic approach by combining applied psychology, soft-ware engineering, and data science.
› Our applications and methodology are based on applied research and are continuously im-proved in close collaboration with end users.
› Our knowledge is provided to society through publications in scientific journals, conferences and magazines.
Studies in the areas of human factors, human-machine interaction, perception and recognition of objects as well as system simulation have led to the development of applications for training and assessment in the area of aviation and border security, installed in more than 40 countries at more than 900 airports and other sites worldwide.

Our goal for Horizon 2020 projects is to contribute with and further enhance our capabilities in the following fields:
› Human-machine interaction in screening of luggage and goods
› Selection, training and assessment of operators
› Open and closed source intelligence and analytics
› Simulation of sociotechnical systems

H2020 Research Focus

  • Protecting the infrastructure of Europe and the people in the European smart cities
  • SU-INFRA01-2018-2019-2020: Prevention, detection, response and mitigation of combined physical and cyber threats to critical infrastructure in Europe
  • SU-INFRA02-2019: Security for smart and safe cities, including for public spaces
  • Disaster-Resilient Societies
  • SU-DRS01-2018-2019-2020: Human factors, and social, societal, and organisational aspects for disaster-resilient societies
  • SU-DRS02-2018-2019-2020: Technologies for first responders
  • SU-DRS03-2018-2019-2020: Pre-normative research and demonstration for disaster-resilient societies
  • Fight against Crime and Terrorism
  • SU-FCT01-2018-2019-2020: Human factors, and social, societal, and organisational aspects to solve issues in fighting against crime and terrorism
  • SU-FCT02-2018-2019-2020: Technologies to enhance the fight against crime and terrorism
  • SU-FCT03-2018-2019-2020: Information and data stream management to fight against (cyber)crime and terrorism
  • SU-FCT04-2020: Explosives: detection, intelligence, forensics
  • Border and External Security
  • SU-BES01-2018-2019-2020: Human factors, and social, societal, and organisational aspects of border and external security
  • SU-BES02-2018-2019-2020: Technologies to enhance border and external security
  • SU-BES03-2018-2019-2020: Demonstration of applied solutions to enhance border and external security
  • Cybersecurity, Digital Privacy and Data Protection
  • SU-DS01-2018: Cybersecurity preparedness - cyber range, simulation and economics

RTD Experience

 Project CoordinatorProject PartnerProject Acronyms
FP7/H2020-SecurityACXIS
XP-DITE
TRESSPASS
National Security Research Projects3DMV
ICU
SGATO
RCBS
4CAST
START
ASSUME


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2018-07-18 / 2018-10-03