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Since the tragic events of September 11, security research has become critically important for the entire world. Academics in fields such as computational science, information systems, social sciences, engineering, and medicine have been called on to help enhance our ability to fight violence, terrorism, and other crimes. The US 2002 National Strategy for Homeland Security report identified science and technology as the keys to winning this international security war.1 It is widely believed that information technology will play an indispensable role in making the world safer2 by supporting intelligence and knowledge discovery through collecting, processing, analyzing, and utilizing terrorismand crime-related data.
Date of Publication: Sept.-Oct. 2010