Capstone project defined: Secure robot communication network

This is my last semester at Davenport University as a Network Security major. I just signed a learning contract for my capstone (seminar) class. For this class, I must integrate knowledge acquired in previous college courses and deliver a product related to network security. Of course, no one defined “network” in the requirements for capstone projects. That means I can expand “network” into any type of network — not just computer networks.

Besides, I figured, why not take this opportunity to do something really great and out of the ordinary?  Why not build more than just a computer network, a hardened server, or a high-security application?  Why not, instead of settling for ordinary, build a testament of my highly competitive skills?  I could surely use this opportunity to build an astonishing project that would appeal to future prospective employers. I could make this project legendary!

Thus, I decided to build a secure network.  Not just a typical computer network with routers, switches, VPNs, servers and workstations.  Not a high-availability enterprise network either. In fact, I decided not to even build a computer network.  Instead, I decided to build a secure, fast and efficient network of robots!  That’s right, a network of robots!  When I signed my learning contract, the facilitator, Peter Anderson, said this was the most ambitious project he had seen so far.  I hope he is right, and that I am really shooting for a deliverable that exceeds all expectations.Robot

This project is not just about building something really cool.  This project has an equally important yet shadowy purpose: to build the foundations for secure robotics mesh networks.  Why? Because this the technology that NASA will someday need to launch autonomous robot explorers and satellites into space that are controlled by a remote station, not Earth scientists.  Mining robots that can talk to each other and detect intruders could be highly profitable.  Search and rescue robots that find victims and transfer them to safety across war zones without fearing being hacked by the enemy would be very valuable.  In short, the applications are many, and the value is great.  Yet the most valuable application of all is setting the foundations for the future of machines and computers.  The most delightful application for this secure robotics network project is that of my own robotics research, of which I will eventually talk about in this blog.

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