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RAP opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory     AFRL

Resilient System Controllers for Wideband Global SATCOM


Space Vehicles Directorate, RV/Space and Planetary Sciences

opportunity location
13.40.01.B7908 Kirtland Air Force Base, NM 871175776


name email phone
Khanh Dai Pham 505.846.4823


The increasing demand for beyond-line-of-sight and in-transit space communications is leading to an emerging growth for secure and resilient communications. Specifically, handling efficiently jamming resistance, low probability of interception, low probability of detection, etc. is essential for future capability enhancements expected from Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS). In this research opportunity, modeling, simulation and analysis associated with ground hub satellite system controllers are being investigated to account for (1) dynamic resource allocation enabled by competitive decision-making frameworks for radio resources and link margin assignments that can best respond for airborne and/or ground terminals in presence of radio interferences and in accordance of channel-state information feedback and (2) forward and return link multiple accesses supported by universal modulation and demodulation techniques together with frequency-time burst approaches to transport existing WGS waveforms through contested environments.



Shen D, Shu Z, Tian X, Chen G, Pham K: “A Game-Theoretic DRA Approach for Improved Spread Spectrum Frequency Hopped Waveforms Performance in the Presence of Smart Jammers”. IEEE Cognitive Communications for Aerospace Applications Workshop, Cleveland, OH, 2017

Lu J, Li L, Blasch E, Pham K, Shen D, Chen G: “Dynamic Multi-Arm Bandit Game based Multi-Agent Spectrum Sharing Strategy Design”. IEEE/AIAA 36th Digital Avionics Systems Conference, St. Petersburg, FL, 2017

Tian X, Chen G, Pham KD, Blasch E: “Joint Transmission Power Control in Transponded SATCOM Systems”. IEEE Military Communications Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2016


key words
WGS SATCOM; Dynamic resource allocation; System controllers; Airborne and/or ground terminals; Low probability of interception; Low probability of detection; Radio interferences; Dynamic resource allocation decision processing; Link margin assignment; Forward and return multiple access; Frequency-time burst; WGS waveforms;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$80,000.00 $5,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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