PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Rutgers University is inaugurating a program that will conduct research for the U.S. Homeland Security Department.

Rutgers is partnering with Purdue University in Indiana on developing the DHS Center of Excellence for Command, Control and Interoperability.

The center's work will focus on analyzing information to help detect national security threats.

Rutgers and Purdue will receive up to $5 million per year over a period of six years.

Rutgers will be the lead institution for research in the data sciences through its Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. Purdue will be the lead for research in the visualization sciences.