Our Core Competencies

The RITA research portfolio is structured into four thematic focus areas: 

  1. Advanced AI/ML Algorithmic Solutions
    Our center excels in developing cutting-edge algorithms that power tactical autonomous systems. From adaptive decision-making to complex navigation, our algorithms empower unmanned systems to navigate, sense, and respond effectively.
  2. Resiliency & Cybersecurity
    RITA UARC expertise lies on developing end-to-end secure trustworthy AI/ML for multidomain operations and usable security engineering solutions for autonomous systems in contested environment to prevent, withstand and recover from cybersecurity incidents.
  3. Tactical Networking & Communication Systems
    Our unique expertise lies on tactical networking and communication systems. Robust adaptive, secure and resilient communications and networks are essential for collaboration between platforms (or systems of systems) for exchanging mission data and information. 
  4. Organization, Fusion & Mining Multi-Domain Small and Big Data
    RITA UARC expertise lies on multi-domain (noisy, incomplete, small and big) data organization, fusion, mining and analytics is unique for multi-domain battle awareness. 
  5. Human-Autonomy Teaming and Collaboration
    We specialize in human machine teaming with human state sensing, shared perception, joint reasoning, and adaptation to complex and contested operating environments.
  6. Autonomous Systems & Robotics
    Our expertise on developing AI-based autonomous systems to analyze sensory information to act with higher precision than a human acting alone.
  7. Sensor Integration and Perception
    Enhancing situational awareness is our expertise. We integrate state-of-the-art sensors and employ advanced perception techniques to equip unmanned systems with real-time awareness, ensuring precise and informed decision-making.
  8. Generative AI
    Our expertise lies on generative AI for generating text, images, or other media, using generative models.
  9. Modeling, Simulation and Virtual (Digital Twin) Environments
    Digital Twin and Virtual Environments are our expertise which enables us to TEV/V of developed AI-enabled systems before integrating them in the real world for tactical autonomy.
  10. Collaborative Surveillance Systems and Platforms
    RITA UARC expertise lies on AI-enabled resilient coordination and control algorithms for 3D networked systems with noisy and incomplete information, sharding and sporadic coupling for collaborative inspection and mission tasking/re-tasking.  
  11. Ethical and Regulatory Guidance
    Navigating ethical and regulatory challenges is essential which is one of our competencies.
  12. Rigorous Validation and Testing
    Reliability is paramount. Through rigorous testing and validation processes, we ensure that our autonomous technologies perform seamlessly and safely in diverse tactical scenarios.
  13. Tailored Adaptation to Mission
    Our expertise lies in adapting autonomous systems to specific mission requirements. We optimize performance by fine-tuning behaviors and algorithms, enabling our systems to excel in varied operational contexts.
  14. Diversity-Driven Innovation
    Diversity is our strength. We harness unique perspectives to fuel innovation, creating tactical autonomy solutions. We specialize in culturally informed interfaces and protocols.
  15. Consortium of Diverse Excellence
    United by diversity, we are a consortium of nine HBCUs, each contributing unique strengths to create a comprehensive ecosystem of tactical autonomy excellence.


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