The Army Cyber Institute has three laboratory spaces dedicated to key material research efforts. These laboratory spaces are designed to house the current ACI initiatives that require dedicated space for equipment, research, development, and testing. The current ACI initiatives are:
Internet of Things (IoT)
One of ACI’s key efforts is to explore the Internet of Things and how security can impact our everyday lives through home automation. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity. The purpose of our research is to explore the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems. This will inform how we think about Cybersecurity in the future and how we can improve network architectures and protocols to promote better security and privacy.
The goal of ACl’s IoT Security Research Lab is to enable education and research related to the Internet of Things (“IoT”). The lab exists to enable ACI personnel and our partners to develop and publish high-quality research on critical cyber-related security challenges. Our aim is to increase understanding and broaden awareness of the security issues related to our interconnected systems. We are interested in the methodology of how to uncover these security issues, and how to develop and articulate solutions to these pervasive problems in our connected world.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
The ACI Realities Lab is dedicated to research in what is becoming known as xR, "Extended Reality", a term which includes Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR).
As we mediate our interactions with the world through 3D computer interfaces, we may gain many capabilities to visualize and understand, but we may also at the same time open ourselves to many modes of vulnerability with which we are not yet familiar. This lab is intended to explore both sides of the xR domain, and is equipped with a suite of xR devices and displays that can be used in this research.
Big Data enabled Machine Learning
The Big Data Lab is a multi-component distributed computing environment designed to allow ACI Staff & Faculty as well as select researchers from West Point to understand and experiment with distributed computing and Big Data Analytic tools and techniques. The configuration of the Big Data Lab is designed with 3 core components in mind. The first component is the rapid build and test capability. The intent behind this component is to provide researchers with a base infrastructure to install, configure, and test new Big Data analytic tools. This infrastructure is located on the ACI Research Network. The second core component is a stable, high end compute cluster, designed to allow researchers to implement new algorithms in a stable environment and to allow the phased inclusion of new tools and techniques and is located on the ACI Research Network. The third core component is a capability on the USMA operational network also known as the DREN. This components allows for integration testing with other Army and DoD cyber groups with connectivity to the DoDIN.
By acting as an incubator, the ACI and USMA researchers aim to examine existing DoD Big Data tools and as well as experiment with emerging tools and techniques, we aim to provide feedback to the Army and DoD on lessons learned, new tool integration, and new techniques as well as data sources that may not have been considered by the other Cyber components. This incubator concept, along with the ACI's network of contacts in the private sector, allows for the integration of techniques and ideas currently being employed by non-USG entities.