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Intelligent Systems Division

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Wireless technologies and the Internet of Things are fundamentally changing the way we collect data and process information. With increased computing power and availability, improvements in data curation and management, and ever-evolving data science techniques, we are fundamentally changing the way we interact with and learn from data.

Over the past decade, we saw the emergence of the social-mobile internet, which transformed the way we interact with data and each other. The next decade will continue to be transformational, with new technologies like 5G and edge computing terraforming the global information and communication technologies ecosystem. The lines between data science, machine learning, and cybersecurity are blurring as algorithms that include machine learning are integrated into production systems. The validation of complex systems through rigorous test and evaluation processes is also needed to ensure the efficacy and safety of algorithms embedded in systems as they accomplish tasks with greater autonomy and operational impact.

The lab conducts research to address critical areas of national security in:

  1. Data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence - applying technologies to a range of defense and intelligence missions
  2. Cybersecurity and complex systems engineering - analyzing security concerns associated with the proliferation of cyber-physical systems and impacts to national security.
  3. Complex system validation and test and evaluation -investigating methods for providing system assurance before fielding. 

The Intelligent Systems Division conducts research to address critical areas of national security in three technological thrusts:

  1. Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence
  2. Cybersecurity and Complex Systems Engineering
  3. Complex System Validation and Test and Evaluation (T&E)

The Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence thrust applies these technologies to a range of defense and intelligence missions. These include:

  • Optimizing collection and tasking from intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions
  • Deep learning-based sensor processing for advanced object detection and classification
  • Multi-intelligence sensemaking and fusion
  • Natural language processing for technology and threat emergence
  • Adversarial learning for synthetic data generation
  • Reinforcement learning and adversary state estimation/forecasting
  • Machine learning methods for Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), communications optimization, and emitter identification

The Cybersecurity and Complex Systems Engineering thrust investigates security concerns associated with the proliferation of cyber-physical systems and impacts to national security. Areas include:

  • Security for embedded systems and networks
  • Privacy and integrity for data in smart ecosystems
  • Cybersecurity for energy and transportation systems
  • Security of ML-based sensors and AI-based system orchestration for IoT
  • Analog cybersecurity for cyber-physical systems
  • Cyber operations and cyber mission orchestration
  • RF-based cyber-attack and defense
  • Providing resilience for connected critical infrastructure

The Complex System Validation and Test and Evaluation (T&E) thrust investigates methods for providing system assurance before fielding. Areas include:

  • Measure and metric development to enhance operational relevance of AI systems
  • Developing critical test sets for providing AI assurance based on the intended operating environment
  • Optimal test set allocation using optimal learning
  • Evaluations of the effectiveness of transfer learning to new operating environments
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    Hume Center Summer Internship Program

    Perform novel research with real-world stakeholders and use cases, and receive individual mentorship from experienced, technical researchers while sharing a summer research experience with a diverse cohort of students. Your work will directly contribute to the national security and domestic prosperity of the nation.

If you are interested in completing undergraduate research opportunities with the Intelligent Systems Division, please contact Sarah Downer.

If you are interested in completing graduate research opportunities with the Intelligent Systems Division, please contact Danielle Kauffman.

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Leadership

Core Research Faculty

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    Stephen Adams

    Research Associate Professor, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Tyler Cody

    Research Assistant Professor, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Logan Eisenbeiser

    Research Associate, Information and Intelligent Systems Division

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    Tugba Erpek

    Research Associate Professor, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Justin Kauffman

    Research Assistant Professor, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Justin Krometis

    Research Assistant Professor, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Tim O’Shea

    Research Assistant Professor, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Ian Roessle

    Research Associate, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Yalin Sagduyu

    Research Professor, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Tim Sherburne

    Research Associate, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Daniel Sobien

    Research Associate, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Stephanie Travis

    Director of Senior Military College, Intelligent Systems Division

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    Matthew Vondal

    Senior Research Associate, Intelligent Systems Division

Technical and Support Staff