Facilities - Information Sciences

ARL Enterprise Optical Network Research Test Bed (APG)

ARL’s Enterprise Optical Network (AEON) research test bed provides ultra high speed network connectivity to ARL’s external DoD, academic, and commercial research partners. Additionally, AEON provides ARL scientists and engineers with high bandwidth access to Large Hadron Collider data. AEON establishes a framework for research, development, testing, and evaluation of next-generation fiber optic networking technologies and is an integral component of DoD’s investment in advanced networking research and development. The facility is part of a select few Metropolitan Area Network test beds dedicated to research of emerging network technologies. Including both lit and dark-fiber connections, AEON experimentation ranges from evaluation of new types of photonics to fundamental research into quantum mechanics.

Cyber Defense Research and Monitoring Laboratory (ALC)

This facility acts as a fusion point for bridging ARL’s research in tactical and operational Information Assurance (IA) areas and the development and assessment of improvements to IA processes including new monitoring tools, test beds, assessment methodologies, and malware/forensic analysis. The facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art intrusion detection system (IDS) framework, incident databases, and other tools to support operations that continually monitor and augment missions around the world.

Imaging and Sensing Analysis Laboratory (ALC)

The Imaging and Sensing Analysis Laboratory is used to develop algorithms that increase Soldier awareness of areas of interest in visible imagery. The laboratory includes a variety of camera systems to support visible imagery data collection from multiple viewing angles and stereo/hyperstereo perspectives, and a bank of computers with gaming and stereo platforms to provide interactive simulations of battlefield environments. Additionally, at various stages of research and development, laboratory researchers integrate software incorporating various cognitive and visual processing techniques.

Spesutie Island Robotics Research Facility 1 (APG)

Spesutie Island Robotics Research Facility 1 comprises mixed-use space, a Software Development Laboratory, and a Controls Laboratory. In the Software Development Laboratory, researchers develop perception and planning algorithms and software for small robots. In the Controls Laboratory, researchers develop control algorithms and software for manipulation by and mobility of small, unmanned platforms, including hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation. Facility research supports the current Robotics Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA) program, including research with other U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) elements.

Tactical Information Analytics Facility (APG)

This facility hosts the development of advanced information analytics to assist Soldiers in determining, using, and sharing relevant information and improving the synthesis of data to decisions. Targeted areas of research include visual, text, and data analytics; information valuation; reasoning under uncertainty; and social network analysis.

Visualization Augmentation Laboratory for User Experiments Facility

This facility is a software integration and demonstration laboratory that combines a unique blend of integration software technologies, visualization display modalities, infrastructure for collaboration among users, and tools for conducting experiments. The facility hosts a network of hardware and software that provides a foundation for evaluating new concepts in battlefield information processing.

Wireless Emulation Laboratory (ALC)

The Wireless Emulation Laboratory (WEL) is a research test bed used to investigate fundamental issues in network science. It is a research infrastructure that emulates tactical mobile wireless networks, enables experimental validation of theoretical models, and characterizes protocols and algorithms for ad hoc networks. Commercial hardware platforms and specialized software combine to create high fidelity representations of mobile wireless networks and associated environmental conditions without using physical systems and while maintaining the flexibility to include physical radio hardware in the network topology. The facility is equipped with hardware and software to support the visualization and analysis of large-scale, multi-genre, and hybrid networks.



ALC - Adelphi Laboratory Center, MD

APG - Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD