New Frontiers of Information Networks: Opportunities & Challenges
Dr. John D. Matyjas
Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate
Abstract: After a brief orientation on the Air Force Research Laboratory, this talk will focus on the innovation, development, and maturation of secure communications, networking, and information management technologies. A timely, reliable, and mission-responsive Air Force network is critical to the translation of sensory data into actionable information and for assuring tailored communications globally. To build future elastic network capabilities that can respond to the mission and threat environment, we cannot rely solely on a data-neutral network. The future lies
in affordable, extensible, interoperable communications architectures that intelligently distribute information in a robust way and enable shared situational awareness and timely decision-making, ultimately, to assure the mission.
These desired attributes will be discussed in the context of broadly parallel consumer and industry demands for autonomous vehicle (ground and airborne) operations and human/machine-to-machine communications.
Bio: Dr. John D. Matyjas received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo in 2004. Currently, he is serving as the Tech Advisor of the Computing & Communications Division at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in Rome, NY. His research interests include dynamic multiple-access communications and networking, software defined RF, spectrum mutability, statistical signal processing and optimization, and neural networks. Dr. Matyjas was inducted as an AFRL Fellow in 2016. He is the recipient of the 2015 Air Force Association ‘Technology Manager of the Year’ Award, 2015 AFRL ‘Scientist of the Year’ Award, 2012 IEEE R1 Technology Innovation Award, and the 2010 IEEE Int’l Communications Conf. Best Paper Award. From 2012-2014, he served on the IEEE Trans. on Wireless Communications Editorial Advisory Board. He is
an IEEE Senior Member, Secretary of the IEEE Mohawk Valley Section, chair of the IEEE Mohawk Valley Signal Processing Society, and member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu Engineering Honor Societies.