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JIFX 24-4

5–9 August 2024

NPS Field Laboratory at Camp Roberts
Event Focus Area: Non-Standard Communication & Navigation

JIFX events provide an opportunity for technology developers to interact with operational personnel to determine how their technology and ideas may support or enhance USG/DoD capabilities. The environment facilitates a collaborative learning environment between government, academia, industry, and NGOs to promote the identification and assessment of emerging and maturing technologies. These events enable rapid iteration on nascent technologies with the direct input of end users. Submissions that relate to any of the RFI areas of interest (including areas not listed below) will be considered for acceptance.

The Non-Standard Communication & Navigation focus area delves into innovative and unconventional methods of communication and navigation, aiming to revolutionize how information is exchanged in diverse and challenging environments. This event centers on developing and growing cutting-edge technologies that transcend traditional communication and navigation paradigms, catering to scenarios where standard infrastructure is unavailable or compromised.

  • Emerging Frequency Bands: Investigating the utilization of underutilized frequency bands, such as terahertz and millimeter waves, for communication and navigation. Research in this area focuses on spectrum availability, propagation characteristics, and modulation techniques
  • Quantum Communication: Exploring the potential of quantum technologies for secure communication and navigation. This involves quantum key distribution, quantum teleportation, and quantum entanglement for encrypted and instantaneous data exchange.
  • Visible Light Communication (VLC): Advancing VLC techniques that employ light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for data transmission. Research includes improving data rates, range, and robustness in scenarios where traditional RF communication is impractical.
  • Biological Communication: Investigating biological systems, such as using bioluminescence or bioacoustics, for communication and navigation. This area explores the adaptation of natural processes to develop resilient communication and navigation methods.
  • Cognitive Radio Networks: Developing dynamic spectrum access techniques that enable devices to autonomously select available frequencies for communication, optimizing spectrum usage and minimizing interference.
  • Navigation in GPS-Denied Environments: Exploring navigation solutions in areas where GPS signals are unreliable or unavailable. This involves sensor fusion, visual odometry, and celestial navigation techniques.
  • Swarm Communication: Studying communication and navigation among swarms of autonomous vehicles or drones, where cooperative behaviors enable efficient data relay and navigation accuracy.
  • Underwater Communication: Addressing the challenges of communication and navigation in underwater environments through techniques like acoustic communication, underwater optical communication, and autonomous underwater vehicles.

Technologies & Experiments


JIFX Week Schedule

All times are in Pacific time zone.

JIFX Experimentation Week Schedule

Monday

0900 Venue/Registration Opens
1000 Event Opening Brief*
Following Brief Flyers Meeting
0900–1700 Set-up / Frequency Verifications / Experimentation
1630 Evening Brief*
1730 Venue Closed

Tuesday

0730 Venue/Registration Opens
0800 Morning Brief*
Following Brief Flyers Meeting
0830–1700 Experimentation
1200 Lunch Session
1630 Evening Brief*
1730 Venue Closed

Wednesday

0730 Venue/Registration Opens
0800 Morning Brief*
Following Brief Flyers Meeting
0830–1700 Experimentation
1130 Lunch Session: Government Meeting (Gov Only)
1630 Evening Brief*
1730 Venue Closed

Thursday

0730 Venue/Registration Opens
0800 Morning Brief*
Following Brief Flyers Meeting
0830–1600 Experimentation
1200 Event Closing Brief*
1600 Venue Closed

* All Briefs will be broadcast for virtual participation. Zoom for Government dial-in information will be provided to all registered participants via email.

Pre-Event Coordination Calls

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