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Battle Hardening Wireless Networks

UCR Computer Science Professors are Part of Defense Research Initiative

Michalis Faloutsos and Srikanth Krishnamurthy will design battle-hardened wireless networks.

(March 23, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — University of California, Riverside Computer Science & Engineering Professors Michalis Faloutsos and Srikanth Krishnamurthy will be designing battle-hardened wireless network architecture for the U.S. Department of Defense as part of a nationwide effort to ramp up basic research with potential defense uses.

Faloutsos and Krishnamurthy will be working on a project known as ARSENAL: A cross layer Architecture for Secure resilient tactical mobile ad hoc networks. UCR’s portion of the project involves improving the survivability of wireless communication networks in a battlefield environment. They are part of a team working from a grant that is being administered through its principal investigator, UC Davis Computer Science Professor Prasant Mohapatra.

At UCR's Bourns College of Engineering, Krishnamurthy will lead the five-year, $1 million efforts of colleague Faloutsos and three graduate students who will be developing ways that a wireless system can determine if lost information is naturally occurring or the result of sabotage and then devise proper courses of corrective action.

“When you’re talking about the loss of (information) packets in wireless networks, it’s hard to distinguish what went wrong,” Krishnamurthy said. “With the sensitivity of the information the Department of Defense handles and the fact that it is a target, this capability will be very valuable.”

A planning meeting is scheduled in May to more precisely divide the workload among scientists and students at the partnering institutions: UCR, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, the University of Pittsburgh, Penn. State University, Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.

The joint project is one of 36 selected nationwide from a pool of 129. The Multi-disciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) is part of a five-year $207 million effort, of which $19.4 million will be disbursed this year.

The MURI program supports multi-disciplinary basic research relevant in areas of Department of Defense activities. The MURI program is highly competitive. The Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research solicited proposals in 29 topics and received a total of 129 proposals. The 36 approved proposals were selected for funding based on merit review by panels of experts in the pertinent science and engineering fields.

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