Networks & Communication

Channels and Protocols

Research deals with means to transfer information between nodes of the network and through the network to the right destination in an efficient and robust manner. This broad area includes media through which a message is sent, the phenomenology of sending the message, the encoding and decoding means, the properties of the channel. It also includes formats, rules and algorithms that govern how the information moves through the network.

  • Unconventional Communication Networks
  • Adaptive Protocols

Control and Behavior

Research focuses on the complex dynamic behaviors – and the approaches to controlling such behaviors – that emerges in interaction and co-evolution of networks that include command, information, social, and physical networks, and may also span coalition partnerships. While a significant body of research now exists for static networks and internets, dynamics and co-evolution present significant challenges to modeling and understanding. Enhanced understanding will aid with the Adaptive Protocols and Self-adaptive Networks research areas.

  • Assessment of Behavior
  • Control of Behavior

Information Delivery

Research involves study of methods, theories, models and properties pertaining to storage, management, transformations, transmission and delivery of information – mission-relevant and context-appropriate – within and through the socio-technical networks, in such a manner that the information needs of the Soldiers are met to the maximum possible degree at the right place and at the right time, in spite of environmental and adversarial disruptions. The dynamics of information delivery is dependent on complex interactions of information, social and communications networks.

  • Network-based Information Processing
  • Context-sensitive Distribution

Last Update / Reviewed: February 5, 2015