2009-2010 Assessment of the Army Research Laboratory by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Army Research Laboratory Technical Assessment Board

The cost of the military examine Laboratory Technical review Board (ARLTAB) is to supply biannual checks of the clinical and technical caliber of the examine, improvement, and research courses on the military study Laboratory (ARL). the recommendation supplied during this document specializes in technical instead of programmatic issues. The Board is assisted by means of six nationwide learn Council (NRC) panels, every one of which makes a speciality of the section of the ARL application carried out via one in all ARL's six directorates. whilst asked to take action via ARL, the Board additionally examines paintings that cuts around the directorates. The Board has been acting exams of ARL because 1996. the present document summarizes its discovering for the 2009-2010 interval, in which ninety six volunteer specialists in fields of technology and engineering participated within the following actions: traveling ARL every year, receiving formal displays of technical paintings, studying amenities, accomplishing technical discussions with ARL employees, and reviewing ARL technical fabrics. The Board is still inspired by means of the general caliber of ARL's technical employees and their paintings and applauds ARL for its transparent, passionate hindrance for the tip person of its technology--the soldier within the field--and for ARL's tested mindfulness of the significance of transitioning know-how to help quick and longer-term military wishes. ARL employees additionally proceed to extend their involvement with the broader clinical and engineering neighborhood. usually, ARL is operating rather well inside of a suitable examine and improvement (R&D) area of interest and has been demonstrating major accomplishments.

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Data mining has emerged in the commercial world as key for applications ranging from determining personalized online purchase preferences to performing portfolio analyses. In this 2009-2010 review cycle, CISD described several projects to begin such efforts, including work on Hadoop—the technique that has grown out of the Web search and services world to use large numbers of computers in an organized fashion to perform very fast unstructured searches on queries that are generated on the fly. This work is a valuable learning experience, but it is not research yet.

Also, one would expect that topologies that represent richer than a minimum connectivity would be more valuable in a warfighting environment where intermediate relays may be destroyed or go off-line. A related project involves indoor navigation in a Global Positioning System-denied environment using a combination of out-of-building sensors and dead reckoning based on a simple inertial navigation unit tied to a soldier’s foot. The project’s first year of work was reported to have been focused on the capabilities of a simple inertial measurement unit (IMU).

At the time of that assessment, ARL indicated that this development was in part an outgrowth of prior ARLTAB assessment findings which stated that a variety of issues associated with mobile networks had risen to be of crosscutting importance to ARL. The issues that ARLTAB had discussed as being important to the Army included network security, ad hoc wireless networks in particular, system prototyping, and model validation and verification. The structure of the then-new NSD focused on three levels of the problem: tactical network assurance, networking sciences development, and sustaining base network assurance.

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