Technology Component

This part of ASU’s “Security & Defense Systems Initiative” (SDSI) deals with current and emerging technology needs in the security and defense domain, focusing on seven research thrust areas where SDSI has distinctive strength.

SDSI is organized around three main components

Our contributions to advancing technologies include basic and applied research efforts as well as advanced technology development programs. Research in the technology component of SDSI is performed by (1) a traditional on-campus element consisting principally of faculty working with postdoctoral researchers and students on basic research and early-stage applied research, and (2) an off-campus, higher-TRL entity called ASU Research Enterprise (ASURE) that consists of a professional staff of scientists and engineers conducting applied research and advanced technology development efforts with the needed clearances and facilities to work at classified levels where this is required. These on- and off-campus elements of SDSI are appropriately integrated to maximize the benefits derived from having both as part of a single, integrated, major research initiative. This allows SDSI to contribute to technology research and development projects ranging from TRL0 to TRL7+ and to support programs at all security levels.

Many of our technology research and development efforts are organized around the following set of seven “research thrust areas”. In each of these areas, ASU has the needed subject matter expertise to be a research performer-of-choice at the national level.

Resilient cyber systems
Network, software, and data systems for cyber situational awareness and resilience to cyber attacks.

Advanced RF, sensing, and signal processing
Technologies for spectral mutability, enhanced sensing, and advanced signal processing.

Human performance augmentation and training 
Direct performance enhancement methods and live, virtual, and constructive training.

Autonomous systems and processes
Technologies enabling trusted autonomous control and decision support systems.

Flexible electronics and systems 
Materials and fabrication technologies that will enable conformable/deformable electronics.

Advanced materials and material processing
Material characterization and multi-scale simulations for ‘materials-by design’.

Technologies for rapid detection, identification, and remediation of bio-agent threats.

Each of these research thrust areas has a sufficient number of researchers and professional staff members associated with it to create the needed critical mass of expertise for SDSI to be a superior research performer in that area.

Learn more about our technology research thrust areas.