Smart Collection

The Office of Smart Collection (SC) focuses on improving the value of collected data from all sources. The Office seeks to achieve this goal by, among other activities, developing new sensor and transmission technologies, new collection techniques that more precisely target desired information, and means for collecting information from previously inaccessible sources. In addition, the Office pursues new mechanisms for combining information gathered from multiple sources to enhance the quality, reliability, and utility of collected information.

Areas of interest include:

  • Innovative methods or tools for identifying and/or creating novel sources of new information
  • Sensor technologies that dramatically improve the reach, sensitivity, size, weight, and power for collection of broad signal or signature types
  • Methods for combining different measures and/or sensors to improve performance and accuracy of systems
  • Approaches for assessing and quantifying the ecological-validity of behavioral, neuro- and social science research
  • Secure communication to and from collection points
  • Innovative approaches to gain access to denied environments
  • Tagging, tracking, and location techniques
  • Electrically small antennas and other advanced radio frequency (RF) concepts
  • Agile architectures that intelligently distill useful information at the point of collection
  • Innovative means and methods to ensure the veracity of data collected from a variety of sources
  • Automated methods for sensor data fusion without predefined interface descriptions
  • Approaches to enable signal collection systems to conduct more effective targeted information acquisition rather than bulk collection
  • Tools to identify and mask signal streams and records that contain personal information to avoid unauthorized collection and dissemination.

Office Director (acting)

Dr. Chris Reed
(301) 851-7485

ProgramResearch AreaProgram Manager
ATHENA Cybersecurity Chris Reed
BEST Biometrics, facial recognition, sensors, perception Chris Boehnen
BIC Weapons of mass destruction, chemical/biological warfare, human biomarkers, emerging biotechnologies Kristen Jordan
GHO Low acoustic aircraft propulsion, low acoustic power generators, novel access, sensors, perception Chris Reed
HFGeo Communication systems, ionosphere, antennas, geolocation, electromagnetics, radio frequency Chris Reed
SHARP Cognition, psychometrics, fluid reasoning and intelligence, neuroscience, human performance Alexis Jeannotte
SILMARILS Chemical detection and identification (including standoff, remote, and ultra-compact/low power approaches), spectroscopy/spectrometry/chromatography, optical sensors, novel laser designs, frequency combs, nonlinear optics, fiber optic sensors/lasers/devices Kristy DeWitt
SLiCE Communication systems, geolocation, electromagnetics, radio frequency Chris Reed
TRUST Interpersonal trust, neurophysiology, behavioral science, advanced data analytics, social science Alexis Jeannotte