Air Force Center of Excellence

U.S. Air ForceAir Force Office of Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research University Center of Excellence: Agile Waveform Design for Communication Networks in Contested Environments Research University Center of Excellence

Developing AI-informed communication and networking protocols

Rhodes iiD researchers are working with colleagues across the nation to ensure that future communication protocols used by the United States Air Force are suitable for handling the most data-heavy tasks imaginable, such as flying UAVs, and secure from adversarial attack.

The project is led by Robert Calderbank, the Charles S. Sydnor Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mathematics, and director of the Rhodes Information Initiative at Duke, and Vahid Tarokh, the Rhodes Family Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The new center also draws in research expertise from Virginia Tech, Princeton University, Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado State University, and Arizona State University.

The project will deepen existing collaborations between the universities involved and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). By tackling this new challenge, the researchers will increase the capabilities, knowledge, skills, and expertise of the AFRL workforce, while giving its staff opportunities to work with a large pipeline of talented students through programs like Data+ and Code+, both ten-week summer research experiences that pair mixed teams of Duke undergraduate and graduate students with real-life data sets and problems from partnering companies.

November 16, 2020 Meeting


DNN-Based Power Amplifier Pre-Distortion for Communications in Contested Environments (PDF)


Variational Inference with Normalizing Flows (PDF)

Normalizing Flows for Probabilistic Modeling and Inference (PDF)

Contact: Yi Feng, Ph.D.