The U.S. Department of Defense awarded a $1.4 million, three-year research contract to a Kansas University technology center, KU officials said Tuesday.
KU engineering faculty Gary Minden and Joseph Evans will direct the project at the Information and Telecommunication Technology Center.
They are to focus on the new concept of "active networking." They will examine ways to develop faster, more efficient and more flexible computer networks for the government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., said the contract reflected KU's solid reputation for technology research.
"So it is fitting that it be selected to conduct such a critical project for the U.S. military," Roberts said. "KU's work will be a key component in the continuing evolution of the Internet and computer network system."
Minden was on leave from KU from 1994 to 1996 to work for DARPA in Washington, D.C. While a program manager in the area of high-performance networking systems, he started the active networking research program.
He said these new networks should enhance traditional information exchange and improve service quality.
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