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I2S Research Centers

Institute Centers organize faculty by research area and by project. These 5 centers exist indefinitely to provide community, share resources, and perform collaborative research. Award Based Centers result from center-level grants to provide visibility and community. The Institute/Center model is adopted from the structure common to other major KU research centers.

I2S Centers

The Center for Communication, Networking, and Photonics (CCNP) conducts research in telecommunication systems, subsystems and networks to photonic materials, devices, and the understanding of their fundamental physics and engineering design rules

Director: Rongqing Hui


Our center is focused on the interaction between internet technologies and society.  Research initiatives focus on understanding the psychological, social, cultural, and political effects of technology. We bring expertise from the humanities and social sciences into collaborative research with engineering and design.   The significant effects of technology on social infrastructure is now widely recognized but the mechanisms of these effects are not well understood.  Social infrastructure is the set of habits, practices, relationships, norms, and beliefs that support the healthy functioning of a society. In the context of interstate cyberwarfare, social infrastructure is known to be a target. At present, the nature and efficacy of different attacks are poorly understood. Limited research has been carried out on the efficacy of defensive strategies to counteract such attacks on social infrastructure. Our center will focus on filling these fundamental gaps in the science of security and identifying strategic and practical capacities to protect society. The center will house multiple projects exploring the relationship between social norms and the use of internet technologies by our adversaries.

Director: John Symons


The High Assurance and Secure Systems Center (HASSC) provides a University-wide focal point for those involved in cybersecurity research, development, and education. HASSC researchers cover a wide spectrum of security and privacy research, including system security, network security, data/information security, hardware security, and privacy. Expertise includes theoretical modeling, synthesis and verification, threat modeling and analysis, applied cryptography and blockchain, and secure system design. Expanding leading-edge cybersecurity and defense mechanisms earned KU federal National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CD) and Research (ACE-R) dual designations.

Director: Bo Luo



SELinux installation, virtualization environment, SAL, PVS, and Isabelle verification tools and expertise, Rosetta specification and analysis capabilities, computational cluster with over 1,000 processors connected to 37 TB of on-line storage, cyber defense teaching lab, Ripple Blockchain Institute, KU Information Security Club virtualized training platform, access to major security publications through KU Libraries

The Mathematical Methods and Interdisciplinary Computing Center (MMICC) brings together a wide range of research for the purpose of creating new technologies and solving problems.

Director: Suzanne Shontz

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The Radar Systems and Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) conducts research in radar and other electromagnetic/acoustic sensing problems, including advanced system concepts, radar image formation, adaptive radar signal processing, multi-function systems, real-time/cognitive sensing, radar waveform diversity and design, and radar modelling and simulation.

Director: Shannon Blunt

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Network analyzers (two 40 GHz, one 6 GHz, one 1.8 GHz); RF signal synthesizers (two 20 GHz, one 2 GHz); Spectrum analyzers (one at 50 GHz, one at 22 GHz, one 1.8 GHz); Real-time spectrum analyzers (two at 26 GHz); High-speed oscilloscopes (one 50 GHz, one 20 GHz, four 8-channel 4 GHz, two 1 GHz); Frequency counter (one 26 GHz); High-speed, digital bit-error-rate testers (one 40 Gb/s, one 10 Gb/s); Direct digital, arbitrary waveform synthesizers (one 2-channel 10 GHz sampling, two 8-channel with 10-GHz sampling frequency, one with 2.4-GHz sampling frequency, one with 800-MHz sampling frequency, five with 200-MHz sampling frequencies);Fiber-optic delay lines; Printed-circuit-board milling machine; Infrared soldering/rework station; Video-equipped inspection microscopes (one with 600x magnification, one with 60x)