COSMOS team members take part in 3 NSF/DOD Convergence Accelerator teams

COSMOS team members take part in 3 teams of the NSF and DoD Convergence Accelerator’s Track G: Securely Operating Through 5G Infrastructure. The Convergence Accelerator’s overarching goal includes seeking enhancement to end devices and augmentations to 5G infrastructure, providing capabilities to military, government and critical infrastructure operators to operate through public 5G networks while meeting security and resilience requirements.

The INDIGO project is led by PAWR Consortium members AT&T  (PI: Tracy van Brakle). It includes PAWR Consortium members Ericsson and Juniper, and COSMOS team members Ivan Seskar (Rutgers), Sundeep Rangan (NYU), Gil Zussman (Columbia) and Clayton Banks (Silicon Harlem). The team’s goal is to adopt a basic-building-blocks approach to meet the functional and security requirements of military missions and civilian first responder teams in near real-time through a system-of-systems/network-of-networks approach across focus areas (1) Planning and Composition, (2) Interoperability, and (3) Execution. This integrates a novel Artificial Intelligence Planner with a Service Management & Orchestration Framework and RAN Intelligent Controllers. INDIGO will ensure the timely transfer of information needed to connect every sensor and every actor despite the unique variations in network type, availability, traffic, and data across the lifecycle of a complex mission. The goal is to develop real-world solutions for securely operating through 5G infrastructures in allied, hostile, and contested areas, and also to develop new infrastructures and partnerships for future secure wireless solutions in pace with emerging 5G/6G standards. The latter’s importance extends beyond military applications into the civilian sphere given the integration of sensors and multi RAT (Radio Access Technologies) in Smart Cities initiatives and the Internet of Everything. An important component of the the project will be prototyping solutions on the COSMOS testbed.

In addition, COSMOS team member Henning Schulzrinne (Columbia) is part of the SONIC project (led by POWDER PI Jacobus (Kobus) Van der Merwe) and COSMOS team member Alberto Valdes garcia (IBM Research) is part of the IBM led SMART-5G project.