Ocean Environmental Effects
Basic and applied research in the areas of ocean environmental effects and the interaction of natural and man made underwater noise sources on littoral anti-submarine warfare, marine life, mammals, and other Naval experiments. Associate competencies are bathymetry, autonomous underwater vehicles, acoustic mapping and littoral topography, buried mine detection, advanced sonar and bio-sonar signal processing, and tropical atmospherics and oceanography.
Astronomical research utilizing existing unique facilities and development of world-class, state of the art optics and sensors for defense applications. This research has been applied to advanced satellite tracking systems, development of adaptive optics, and space observations coordination, such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Pan-STARRS program to detect and characterize Earth-approaching objects, asteroids, and comets that may pose a danger to Earth.
Advanced Electro-Optical Systems, Detection Systems, Arrays and Instrumentation
Advanced electro-optical systems, detection systems, arrays and instrumentation competency had been applied to virtually all the astronomical research as well as other electro-optic devices including LIDAR, laser, and remote sensing technologies.
Engineering Support to Communications, Networks, Protocols, C4I Systems Hardware, and Signal Processing
Fundamental research and applied engineering supporting improvements in the utilization of various regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, advancements in communications, networks and protocols, C4I systems hardware, and signal processing. This capability has been applied to advanced radar technology, distributed processing, sensor network integration, design tradeoff studies especially in the areas of RF arrays, passive remote sensing, command and control integration, and wave propagation.
Mission Related R&D
Mission-Related and Public Services Oriented R&D required to provide a quick response to rapidly evolving DoD and other government agency requirements through the application of the DoD-approved core competencies and the complementary capabilities of other divisions of the University of Hawai‘i System.
MIssion Related R&D areas include Cyber and Assured Command Control Communications and Information and Renewable Energy.