Tansu Alpcan awarded seed funding for interdisciplinary research

By Greta Harrison

Associate Professor Tansu Alpcan from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been awarded a seed funding grant of $75,000 from Northrop Grumman Corporation to work on an interdisciplinary research collaboration.

The grant was announced this month by Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham at Parliament House in Canberra.

Associate Professor Alpcan said the project will develop a novel distributed cognitive network that will use adaptive wireless communication nodes to detect improvised threats from malicious attackers. The project will provide the defenders crucial situational-awareness on the radio spectrum. He said the work will also develop novel online learning algorithms, which build upon the configurability of software-defined radios and provide the adaptability needed for the system to detect and localise threats in near real-time.

Minister Birmingham said as the speed of technological change rapidly increases, it’s critical to continue to support research and development and embrace innovation.

“Investment and collaboration from private sector partners like Northrop Grumman is key to ensuring the outstanding research of Australian academics is closely linked to industry,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The professorial scholarships are a continuation of Northrop Grumman’s collaboration with academic institutions in Australia,” said Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia.

“We will continue to invest in research and development programs in order to support the development of advanced technologies in Australia, increase the capability of our defence industry and to assist the development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that help develop a capable future workforce.”