Centers of Excellence
School of Arts and Sciences
Center for Computational Intelligence for National Security
Computer and Information Science
Rationale for the Center
Computational Intelligence for National Security applications has become increasingly important since the attacks of 9/11. Computational Intelligence encompasses and integrates efforts in Information Security, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Modeling, High Performance Computing, and has numerous applications in Decision Making, Strategic and Tactical Planning, and other related areas that demand complex models of information fusion and reasoning.
The Computer and Information Science (CIS) Department has strong and established faculty credentials in these areas with an outstanding record of grantsmanship and extramural funding. We apply these research experiences to enhancing the educational opportunities of CAU students. During the last five years, the Computer and Information Science Department of Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has contributed to the presence of minorities in the field by graduating more than 90 M.S. and 150 B.S. minority computer scientists. With a research-based academic program established through the Center, the CIS Department is poised to take a lead role in computer science education for minority students.
The Center for Computational Intelligence for National Security will advance research, academic, and student development in an environment devoted to computational intelligence focusing on delivering early research experience to CAU students. The Center is developing a program of education and research focused towards five principal outcomes: (1) Research and Development Programs in Computational Intelligence; (2) Test and Evaluation Infrastructure; (3) Technology Transfer; (4) Human Resource (student and faculty) Development; and (5) Collaborative relationships with the government agencies, industry, and academia and CAU academic units and programs (e.g., Mathematics and Physics). These relationships consolidate resources for developing the research and knowledge management expertise necessary to address emerging issues in complex decision making.
The Center consists of two synergistic components: (1) core infrastructure and (2) enabling technologies. The core infrastructure develops Communication Technology and High Performance Computing. Enabling technologies include sensor management, distributed agent technologies, information fusion, video content extraction and storage, collaborative technologies, content management, and information assurance. These technologies support a new, agile, interoperable and flexible infrastructure for Computational Intelligence that may be applied to a range of industry, and national security-related problems. The Center has been very successful in attracting extramural funding from several Governmental agencies, including DoD, US Army, ODNI and private industry.