Collaborative Technology Alliances

Communications and Networks

CTA Communications and Networks Consortium

Survivable Wireless Mobile Networks

Signal Processing for Communications-on-the-Move

Secure Jam-Resistant Communications

Tactical Information Protection



Technical Area 1:
Survivable Wireless Mobile Networks

Research is needed in dynamically self-configuring wireless networking technologies that provide secure, scaleable, energy-efficient, and reliable communications in highly mobile environments (without a fixed infrastructure) and for self-organizing microsensor networks. Scalability issues, interstack cognizance, mobility management and auto-addressing schemes (including security and priority) should be addressed. Energy-efficient and mobile ad hoc routing, multicast, and media-access-control (MAC) algorithms are needed. Research is needed in quality-of-service in a decentralized network environment with integrated network layers in order to optimize resource allocation. Network protocols and architectures must facilitate service location and resource discovery, and must adapt to network changes in order to optimize performance. Nodes may be heterogeneous, and networks must seamlessly interoperate with heterogeneous networks. Traffic modeling and management issues must be addressed.

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