The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has awarded a 10-year, $35.5 million grant to establish a new research center to develop secure, mobile wireless networks for the military. The Communication Networks Research Center is one of four new centers that are being created by the Collaborative Technology Alliance for Network Science, managed by the Army Research Laboratory. The overall goal of the unclassified project will be to conduct basic scientific research and create foundational theories on wireless networks capable of supporting a variety of highly mobile individual soldiers, ground vehicles, airborne platforms, unmanned aerial vehicles, robots, and unattended ground sensor networks, and to make those systems capable of reconfiguring themselves as needed and withstanding jamming and interference.
Researchers from Pennsylvania State University; the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; the University of California, Davis; the University of California, Santa Cruz; and the City University of New York will participate on the project.
UC Davis professor Prasant Mohapatra says his school will focus on the science behind creating secure and trusted networks. Mohapatra says security and trustworthiness is an emerging issue in wireless networks in general, and an increasingly complex and important issue in the military. "How much do you trust sources? How much do you trust information that is relayed back to you? Are there intruders on your network listening to information or planting misinformation? These are problems we want to address," he says.
From University of California, Davis
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