The Security & Defense Systems Initiative (SDSI) focuses much of its basic, applied, and advanced technology development efforts on a set of “research thrust areas”, in which ASU has the needed subject matter expertise to be a research performer-of-choice at the national level.
These thrust areas were determined by mapping the technical specialties of our faculty and professional staff to identify where significant concentrations of expertise at ASU are aligned with priority research needs of government and industry in the security and defense sector. That process defined the following seven broad thrust areas in which much of our research efforts are focused:
Resilient Cyber Systems
Network, software, and data systems that provide cyber situational awareness and resilience to cyber attacks.
Advanced RF, Sensing, and Signal Processing
Technologies enabling spectral mutability, enhanced sensing, and advanced signal processing
Autonomous Systems and Processes
Technologies enabling trusted autonomous control and decision support systems.
Human Performance Augmentation & Training
Direct performance enhancement methods and live, virtual, and constructive training.
Flexible Electronics and Systems
Technologies that will enable conformable and/or deformable electronic systems.
Advanced Materials and Material Processing
Material characterization and multi-scale simulation for 'materials-by design'.
Technologies for rapid detection, identification, and remediation of bio-agent threats.