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The Cebrowski Institute for Innovation and Information Superiority

The Cebrowski Institute for Innovation and Information Superiority sponsors cross-discipline projects leading to innovations that strengthen global security in the information age.

The MOVES Institute

Founded in 2000, the Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation (MOVES) Institute has created education and research programs supporting simulation technologies used by Defense and Homeland Security partners to train personnel and to analyze systems for operational effectiveness.

The Center for Information Systems Security Studies and Research (CISR)

CISR is America's foremost center for defense-related research and education in Information Assurance (IA), Inherently Trustworthy Systems (ITC), and defensive information warfare. CISR's mix of highly experienced faculty and staff, along with its diverse student body comprising senior military officers, government employees and civilians, make it uniquely qualified to address security issues of the Department of Defense (DoD) and U.S. Government.

The Information Dominance Center of Excellence

IDCOE exists to "Ignite a Culture of Innovation and Learning" by teaching ideas that are compelling, relevant, sustainable, and enable a competitive advantage.

The Information Operations Center for Research

The Information Operations Center exists to:

    • advance the goal of information operations as a core military competency
    • support the DOD commitment to transform our military capabilities
    • provide avenues for research for information operations, asymmetrical warfare, The Global War on Terrorism and unconventional thought

The Center for Infrastructure Defense

The Center for Infrastructure Defense (CID) focuses on the continued operation of critical military and civilian infrastructure in the presence of accident, failure, and attack.

The SEED Center for Data Farming (Simulation Experiments & Efficient Design)

The SEED Center studies efficient, smart ways of generating data from simulation experiments so that decision makers are able to gain more insight about systems that they're modeling.

The Center for the Study of Mobile Devices and Communication

The goal of CMDC is to focus research attention on the emerging fields of ubiquitous devices that communicate by some form of wireless network and the applications that run on them. This includes devices such as wirelessly enabled desktops, laptops, palmtops, tablet, and wearable computers, and wireless network infrastructure such as cellular WANs, wi-fi PANs (Personal Area Networks), and emerging ultra wide band networks capable of speeds ranging from 1 Mbps (such as Bluetooth), to ultra wide band networks capable of running in the giga-hertz range. Of particular interest is the emerging public-switched cellular networks running 2.5G, and 3G.

The Center for Edge Power

The Center for Edge Power fosters, coordinates and promotes multidisciplinary research on all elements of network-centric operations (e.g., including concepts, organization, command and control, management, doctrine, personnel, technology).

The California Homeland Security Consortium

The overarching objective of the California Homeland Security Consortium (CHSC) is to develop a model national resource hub in the Monterey Bay area to:

    • promote undergraduate and graduate programs focused on national security.
    • conduct research on critical issues in homeland security.
    • conduct field trials of technology and operational processes, policies and doctrines among participating agencies at all levels of government and industry.
    • facilitate planning among communities and organizations to prevent or mitigate the effects of HLS incidents.
    • create a "hot" backup capability to remediate the effects of major incidents, such as natural disasters, that result in loss of normal services for the community.
    • work with local community colleges to develop a robust Transportation Security Administration (TSA) training program leading to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree

Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX)

CENETIX support advanced studies of wireless networking with unmanned aerial, underwater, and ground vehicles in close cooperation with NPS SUV, CIRPAS, and Human Factor Research centers. CENETIX focuses on the advanced studies of emerging collaborative architectures for manned-unmanned network-centric systems as well as adaptive management of sensor-unmanned vehicle-decision maker self-organizing environments.

Center on Terrorism and Irregular Warfare

The Center on Terrorism and Irregular Warfare produces timely, innovative, interdisciplinary analysis relevant to policy and operations. In studying terrorism and irregular warfare, the Center focuses the research capabilities of its staff and the Naval Postgraduate School on an area of critical importance to the national security of the United States.

The Distributed Information Systems Experimentation (DISE) research group

The Distributed Information Systems & Experimentation (DISE) research group focuses on complex field experimentation, collaborating with operational commanders to develop objectives for experimentation. 

Labs

GSOIS is home to a number of labs with research interests in subjects from digital imaging to applied ergonomics.

CS Department Labs

Robotics and autonomous coordination lab

The Robotics and Autonomous Coordination Lab provides the majority of academic computing needs of the Autonomous Systems track in CS. The lab is used for teaching and research in the development of autonomous systems which self-organize towards a mission goal.

Cross-disciplinary work with ME and EE robotics projects may also be supported by providing asset for studying autonomous behavior control where other ME/EE labs provide hardware and systems platforms.

For more information, please contact Professors Martell or Squire.

Introductory PC Network Lab

This lab provides facilities for instruction in introductory network topics. The required equipment allows students to implement campus- and enterprise-like networks. While the majority of students taking the course this lab primarily serves are from CS, there are usually a small number from other related disciplines each section.

For more information, please contact Professors Xie or Gibson.

Introductory Computer Security Lab

This lab is primarily used by the Center for Information Security Studies and Research (CISR). It is an "air-gapped" lab dedicated to studies of network vulnerabilities, intrusion detection, secure system management and computer forensics; where tools used by administrators and hackers can be freely researched and studied. Students are given full administrator privileges on the computers so that multiple operating systems and tools can be loaded and experimented with. Also used in certifying that students have met the requirements for educational standards published by the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS).

For more information, please contact Professors Cote, or Clark.

Computer Information Security (CISR) Lab

Primarily used by INFOSEC and CIST. It is dedicated to the studies of information assurance, computer security, high assurance system architecture and authentication. Used to introduce students to studies in high assurance systems, steganography, public key infrastructure, mandatory access control, viruses, covert channels and the reference monitor concept. Students taking the course this lab primarily serves are from several departments across campus.

For more information, please contact Professors Cote or Clark.

Public Key Infrastructure Lab

This TR computer lab is primarily used by the Center for Information Security Studies and Research (CISR). This lab is dedicated to studies of network security, secure computer systems, an security policies, modeling, and formal methods. In addition through the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPS), it is utilized for the Inter-Service Academy Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX): This annual exercise involving NPS, AFIT, and all four U.S. Service Academies; acting as network defenders (Blue Teams) against network attackers (Red Teams) from NSA, and DoD Information Warfare agencies. Each exercise involves approximately 32 students who spend over 640 man-hours to: install, configure, harden, and operate the defended Blue network against a week-long attack from the Red forces. Installation and configuration starts approximately four months prior to that attack. Students are given administrator/root privileges to install and configure: e-mail, Web, FTP, VTC, DNS, and SQL database servers. Students install and utilize DoD PKI certificates to digitally sign and encrypt sensitive exercise traffic. This lab also directly supports DoD funded research on DoD Public Key servers. Students install and utilize DoD PKI certificates to digitally sign and encrypt sensitive exercise traffic. This lab also directly supports DoD funded research on DoD Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Courses are populated by and student research supported for primarily CS and IS students.

For more information, please contact Professors Cote or Clark.

Software Engineering Laboratory

Research Laboratory dedicated to the support of reimbursable and direct-funded basic and applied research projects. CAPS, Computer Aided Programming Software. Development of tools and systems for the creation of software. The SwE lab also supports software engineering aspects of other joint research projects with Systems engineering, defense analysis and information systems departments.

For more information, please contact Professors Drisinski or Luqi.

Wireless and Mobile Computing lab

The wireless and mobile computing lab provides the majority of academic computing needs to support the wireless and mobile computing track within the department of Computer Science. This lab provides students the opportunity to program and examine security aspects of mobile computing devices ranging from personal digital assistants (PDAs) through cellular phones.

For more information, please contact Professor Singh.

Laptop Lab

The Laptop lab is designed for courses that can be more effectively taught when students have "administrator" privileges. These courses include all CS core courses; however, the laptop program specifically targets Operating Systems, Compiler writing and all programming classes. Student users are primarily CS/MOVES, but all CS course students including those from other currics have access to lab assets when taking a CS course.

For more information, please contact Professors Peitso or Schiffman.

Forensics Exploitation Lab

Research laboratory dedicated to the support of reimbursable and direct funded basic and applied research projects. Primary work is done with new techniques for automatically processing data recovered from disk drives and other kinds of storage devices. Using forensic techniques the data on a hard drive can reveal who used or broke into a computer system, what it was used for or what was done during a break-in, and the identities of those in question. The lab is new and has potential application for cross disciplinary work with EE and IS at the tech creation level and DA at the consumption of recovered data level.

For more information, please contact Professors Garfinkel, Dinolt, or Eagle.

SCIF Security Lab

Research laboratory dedicated to the support of reimbursable and direct funded basic and applied research projects that are required to be conducted in high security compartmented classification on dedicated air-gapped hardware/networks.

For more information, please contact Professors Dinolt or Eagle.

Biometrics Research Lab

Research laboratory dedicated to the support of reimbursable and direct funded basic and applied research projects. It is a planned new lab for stand-up in FY09. The lab will support the new NPS Identity Management certificate series jointly hosted between CS and IS.

For more information, please contact Professors Clark or Hopfner.

Learning Resource Center

This LRC is used primarily by the CS Department students but is open to all on campus. Instruction ranges from programming to computer architecture, database systems, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, computer networks and advanced programming.

For more information, please contact Professors Peitso or Schiffman.

Department of Defense Analysis Labs

CORE Lab

The CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School has a threefold mission to support field operatives engaged in irregular warfare.

We develop operators' knowledge, skills, and abilities in visual analytics. Three visual analytic methodologies are emphasized in our courses and research projects: geospatial analysis; temporal analysis; and relational analysis. The application of these methodologies, and the analytical software tools associated with them, enables operators to collect, manage, and fuse data in order to create a more complete picture of the common operational environment.

Department of Information Sciences Labs

Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX)

Mixed use laboratory dedicated to the support of instruction as well as reimbursable and direct funded basic and applied research projects. For more information, please contact Professor Bordetsky.

IS Virtualization Lab

Mixed use laboratory dedicated to the support of instruction as well as reimbursable and direct funded basic and applied research projects.

Web Application Software Development Laboratory

Mixed use laboratory dedicated to the support of instruction as well as reimbursable and direct funded basic and applied research projects. For more information, please contact Professor Kamel.

Internet to Sea Laboratory

Mixed use laboratory dedicated to the support of instruction as well as reimbursable and direct funded basic and applied research projects. For more information, please contact Professor Buddenberg.

Hastily Formed Networks (HFN)/USMC Wireless Lab/Nemesis Mobile Research Platform

Mixed use laboratory dedicated to the support of instruction as well as reimbursable and direct funded basic and applied research projects. NEMESIS is a mobile van parked behind Glasgow Hall. For more information, please contact Professor Steckler.

Department of Operations Research Labs

Human Systems Integration Lab (HSIL)

Human Systems Integration Lab. This lab provides state-of-the-art facilities for conducting a wide range of human systems integration and human factors projects. It provides software, hardware, and facilities for collecting a wide range of human performance data including psychological, physiological, anthropometric and biomechanical parameters. For further information, please contact Professor Miller.

Wargaming PC Lab

This is a teaching lab containing 25 PC workstations to provide each student with the ability to interface with other decision makers during unclassified wargame analysis. It supports unclassified wargaming from all departments of NPS. This lab is setup in a modular fashion to support different cells in a wargame. The systems are dual boot Windows XP and Redhat Linux version 4. The models currently supported in the lab are Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation (JCATS) and POSUM. It also is the facility that supports the Wargame Analysis and the Joint Campaign Analysis courses; which are core courses from the Army and Navy sponsors.

Simulation, Experiments and Efficient Design (SEED) Lab

The Simulation, Experiments and Efficient Design (SEED) Lab currently supports research by students and faculty into efficient designs of experiments for simulation studies. For further information, please contact Professor Sanchez.

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