A team of UCLA electrical and computer engineering faculty has received nearly $4 million in research funding as part of a major Army Research Laboratory-funded initiative to develop an internet of things tailored to the specific challenges of the battlefield.

The team members — Suhas Diggavi, Mani Srivastava and Paulo Tabuada, all professors in the UCLA Henry Sameuli School of Engineering and Applied Science — specialize in cyber-physical systems, the technology that underpins how all the things are connected, and how they work with each other and the physical environment that they are embedded in. For this project, they will develop theoretical foundations for use in defense technologies, unmanned vehicles and sensor systems. The advent of such systems creates a new paradigm, where humans and technology work seamlessly on the battlefield, giving soldiers an advantage while keeping them and civilians out of harm.

The UCLA Engineering effort is part of a larger five-year $25 million, multi-organization collaboration called the Alliance for Internet of Battlefield Things Research on Evolving Intelligent Goal-driven Networks.