Alliance for Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT) Research on Evolving Intelligent Goal-driven Networks (REIGN)

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  • Jana Diesner

Will distributed computing revolutionize peace?
In the future, military operations will rely less on human soldiers and more on interconnected technology, leveraging advancements in unmanned systems and machine intelligence in order to achieve superior defense capabilities. The Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT) will connect soldiers with smart technology in armor, radios, weapons, and other objects, to give troops "extra sensory" perception, offer situational understanding, endow fighters with prediction powers, provide better risk assessment, and develop shared intuitions.

The initiative is a collaboration between the Army Research Lab, academia, and industry. Project website:

Total Funding to date: $25,600,000
Diesner's share of total funding (estimated): $407,365



  • Tarek Abdelzaher (PI, Computer Science at Illinois)

Funding Agencies

  • Army Research Lab, 2017 – $407,365.00