Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SUPDET)

Since 1997, the Research Foundation has organized SUPDET®, an annual symposium which brings together leading experts in the field of fire protection engineering for the purpose of sharing recent research and development on techniques used for fire suppression, detection, and signaling. These events are generally attended by a variety of fire protection professionals, such as engineers, researchers, insurers, designers, manufacturers, installers, and AHJs. 

September 17-20, 2019
Denver, Colorado
Call for papers

The Fire Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference (SUPDET 2019) will address the latest developments in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community. Papers are sought on new developments, including the following topics below. Case studies are welcome.

Detection and Signaling:

  • Multiple sensor and multiple criteria based fire detection
  • Power over ethernet and emerging technologies
  • Home smoke alarm applications
  • Use of data to improve performance/effectiveness
  • Wildfire applications


  • Advancements in protection of high hazard commodities
  • Developments to address environmental concerns
  • Protection of Li-Ion battery energy storage systems
  • Reliability and maintenance of systems (including remote maintenance)
  • Advancements with gaseous and clean agents

Interested presenters are asked to submit a one page abstract by e-mail no later than March 15 to Eric Peterson. Submitted abstracts must include the full title, and name(s), affiliation(s), address(es), telephone number(s), and e-mail address(es) of the author(s), with the presenter identified (underlined). Format your abstract for 8 ½" x 11" paper, single-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman (or equivalent) text with 1" text margins, using Microsoft Word. Abstracts should be absent of commercial overtones, be based on good science, present objective and credible results, and be without inherent bias. Abstracts that do not meet these criteria will not be accepted.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a program committee. If selected, presenters will be asked to submit an extended abstract, at most 3 pages, for publication in the meeting program or, at the author’s option, a full paper.

Download the call for papers. (PDF)

Proceedings from past SUPDET Symposia 

20182017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014