Network Sciences


Network Sciences

Bring together government, industry and academic institutions to perform foundational, cross-cutting research for a fundamental understanding of interactions, interdependencies, and common underlying science among social/cognitive, information, and communications networks. Prediction and control of the composite behavior of these complex interacting networks will ultimately enhance effectiveness in network-enabled warfare and counterinsurgency.

Overview Briefing


Contact Information

Collaborative Alliance Manager:
Dr. John Pellegrino
(301) 394-2100

Consortium Program Director:
Dr. Will Leland

Research Area Technical Objectives

  • Interdisciplinary Research Center (IRC) - Research how global network properties or behaviors can be composed from local properties; manage the reporting, financial, and administrative matters of Consortium; manage the NS CTA Facility with a distributed multi-user experimentation environment that can be accessed by all members; transition of research results from the alliance.
  • Information Networks Academic Research Center (INARC) - Foundation, methodologies, algorithms, and implementations for effective, scalable, hierarchical, dynamic and resilient information networks.
  • Social/Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SNARC) - Theory, measures, and understanding of social and cognitive networks as applicable to both individual and organizational decision making in the context of networked information systems and fused, networked knowledge.
  • Communications Networks Academic Research Center (CNARC) - Foundational techniques to model, analyze, predict, and control the behavior of secure tactical communication networks as an enabler for information and command-and-control (C2) networks.

Principal Members

  • BBN Technologies (IRC)
  • Penn State (CNARC)
  • University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (INARC)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (SNARC)

General Members

  • University of California (UC)- Riverside (HBCU-MI)
  • City University of New York (HBCU-MI)
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Southern California
  • UC- Santa Barbara
  • UC- Davis
  • UC-Santa Cruz
  • Northeastern University
  • IBM
  • ArtisTech

Last Update / Reviewed: February 25, 2011