Summer is an exciting season at AFLF/RI, as the lab plays host to visiting professors. Many travel from out of state to work side-by-side with the Information Directorate scientists and engineers. This unique opportunity for members of academia and the Air Force to work together, advances the state-of-the-art in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) and the Cyber for the Air Force, Department of Defense and commercial applications.
Faculty are selected through national competitions by proposing research tasks in response to research topics that are posted on two websites and nationally distributed to U.S. academic institutions. Accepted faculty may have the option to sponsor one or more graduate students from their university to assist them in their research. This program represented faculty from 47 different universities and 24 states across the country. Many visiting faculty and graduate students participated in several technical exchanges and a poster session that facilitated interaction and collaboration with Information Directorate personnel.
These connections initiate further collaborations which sparks grants, publications, awards, and other forms of recognition in support of AFRL/RI and the summer faculty researcher. Extension grants are awarded competitively to the faculty to continue to refine their research at their home institutions.