The Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) has received a 10 year Army Research Laboratory grant as part of the ARL Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (CTA): Academic Research Center for Social and Cognitive Networks. The Alliance is a consortium of US-based network research centers, which include RPI (lead), Northeastern, CUNY, IBM, Indiana and the University of Notre Dame.
This program focuses on fundamental research to develop a common underlying science for social, information and communication networks, relevant to the technical challenges of the Army's mission, which include optimized human performance in network-enabled warfare and enhancement of the speed and performance of complex military operations.
iCeNSA is a university-wide interdisciplinary research center organized around network science problems in social, biological, biochemical, physical, environmental, organizational, technical and defense systems. It is directed by Zoltan Toroczkai, professor of physics and co-directed by David Hachen, associate professor of Sociology, Nitesh Chawla, assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Michael Ferdig, associate professor of Biological Sciences.