• Modeling and simulation
  • Advances in materials & devices
  • Artificial Intelligence & Emerging Sciences
  • Integrated Sensors, imaging and Edge Technologies
  • Microelectronics: Advanced electronics, computing and microsystems
  • Future Generation Wireless Technology (Future-G)


A primary objective of the Convergence Lab Initiative is to enable and endure scientific and technical base, and guide research and investments over the next decade towards delivering a strong foundation for EO/IR, RF and AI/Edge/security science and technologies. In addition, provide experiential learning, education and workforce development. From a research and development perspective, the objectives are to stand up the five primary pillars and embed these emerging sciences in the derivative areas of research to drive new discoveries, enhancements, and prototypes in the applied areas of EO/IR, RF and AI/Edge/Cyber technologies. Activities performed within and across these pillars will drive innovation, new capabilities, and potential future products at the intersection of Defense and commercial applications. The convergence of these pillars will be embedded research within the CLI derivative areas and is expected to yield decision support tools with application to intelligent sensing, imaging, security, computing and communication capabilities among others.

A key part of the research and development will involve Semiconductor research for advancing Micro & Nano Electronics. Such advances will transform EOIR, RF and AI/Edge Technologies.

The technological goals are to mature these science pillars to deliver advances in the derivative areas to develop sensor network technologies for advanced all weather day/night situational awareness capability and provide foundational research and development for a multitudes of Defense and Commercial sectors.


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