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Exchange Students Leave Their Mark on Network Lab’s Research

Carsten Glose of Germany, left, and Jung Hun Ryu of South Korea have just completed a year of extensive research in machine learning and ad hoc networking in NPS’ Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX) through the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program.

After a year of research and discovery in the Naval Postgraduate School’s (NPS) Center for Network Innovation and Experimentation (CENETIX), German and South Korean students on campus through the Engineer and Scientist Exchange Program (ESEP), Carsten Glose and Jung Hun Ryu, are ready to head home.

Civilians in their home nations, the two applied for the ESEP program through their respective educational programs at home, and then found matches here at NPS. Each competed with hundreds of other applicants for the exchange.

CENETIX leadership say Glose and Ryu significantly advanced the lab’s research into managing mesh networks, and in the modeling and simulation of ad hoc networks. Back home, Glose works for the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, the German equivalent of DOD’s office of acquisition and procurement. Ryu is a communications engineer and senior researcher working for the Agency for Defense Development in South Korea.

“I have been a member of the Bundeswehr team for about nine years,” said Glose. “My background is in computer science, so I conduct IT-related acquisition research, working closely with contracting officers, ensuring technical specifications are met as I provide a thorough study and report to my superiors. There are also military officers within my group, who provide expertise for fielding equipment to soldiers.

Glose examined machine learning of semi-autonomous, intelligent mesh networks, while Ryu discovered ways to optimize power consumption techniques within mobile ad hoc network nodes.

“When I saw Carsten’s resume, I knew his interests in network operations, among other topics, lined up with our own CENETIX lab work,” said CENETIX director Dr. Alex Bordetsky. "I sent him a note about our research that deals with networking hyper-nodes. These hyper-nodes are autonomous and use artificial intelligence components to adapt, work together and operate the network. That resonated with Carsten and I knew he was a great match for us.

“Similarly, with Jung Hun’s background, we found a common interest in the theory of directional mesh links. His given topic from us was more focused in the physical realm of adaptive, tactical networks,” Bordetsky noted. “He ran with our current system models of power consumption and improved the simulations.

“Bringing these two researchers to NPS was an art and science of finding common ground. And luckily, the broad footprint of CENETIX research into networks gave us the opportunity to benefit from their insights,” Bordetsky stressed.

Founded in 2004, CENETIX serves as a research hub for exploring the frontiers of self-organizing tactical networking and collaboration. It provides students and faculty with opportunities for interdisciplinary study within the space of agile adaptive wireless networks, social network dynamics, network-controlled unmanned vehicles, sensors and intelligent agents, and situational awareness platforms.

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