U.S. Air Force Science and Technology 2030 at the University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Data to Knowledge:

How to convert myriad data to actionable information?  How can data be used in ways not even imagined today?
e.g. Visualization, artificial intelligence, language processing, data mining, big data, novel uses of data, new types of data, IOT applications.

Novel Sensors and Sensing Strategies:
What types of sensors and sensing strategies may be useful in the field?
e.g. Biosensors, sensing threats (chemical, pollutants, nuclear, etc.), situational awareness.

Human / Machine Performance:
How can humans integrate more deeply with machines and devices? e.g. Robotics, neural implants, mind-machine melding, artificial intelligence, self-learning control systems, and more

Revolutions in Global Integrated Communication:
Communication that is consistent, secure, and reliable is key to the success of every mission. What new concepts and technologies can enable multi-domain, communication from ground-to-air-to-space that are agile, secure, and robust?

Expeditionary Operations:
With a military on the move, how could you build a support city in a day? (power, water/waste, communication, housing, air fields, etc.) 

Rethinking the Nature of Aerospace Materials:
What revolutions in materials are on the horizon, or could be imagined, and how could they be used in aerospace or warfighter applications?

Air-Borne and Space-Based Services 2030:
How can we deploy emerging technologies in novel ways to help see, sense, communicate, or understand? e.g. Remote sensing and imaging, communication, space weather, and more.

Next-Generation Energy:
What energy sources are on the horizon, or could be envisioned, that are smaller, lighter, more powerful, sustainable, available everywhere? e.g. Batteries and storage technologies, fuel sources, wireless power transfer, and more.

Enhancing the Warfighter:
How can the next generation Air Force be stronger, faster, smarter, and healthier? e.g. medical and behavioral enhancements, humans in extreme environments, technology for rapid detection, prevention, treatment.

Cyber-Defense 2030:
Cyberspace will be a major battlefield of the 21st century, both at home and in the field. e.g. How to deter, detect, and overcome existing threats in new ways; what new threats can be anticipated, and how might we overcome them.

Zero-Cost Maintenance Challenge:
How could we dramatically reduce the cost of logistics and maintenance for future systems? e.g. novel low-cost platforms, self-healing structures, non-destructive testing, novel maintenance approaches.

Advanced Customized Manufacturing:
Rethinking manufacturing for low-rate, custom, specialty devices, particularly those for extreme aerospace applications; expeditionary manufacturing (building and repairing in the field).