In September, a PLA-level key laboratory of “electromagnetic protection and electromagnetic camouflage” and a national-level key laboratory of “electromagnetic environmental effects and electro-optical engineering” were successively inaugurated in the University of Science and Technology (UST) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The establishment of these two laboratories that involve multiple disciplines including electromagnetism, electromagnetic protection and camouflage, meteorology, and material science marks that the university has yielded important results in interdisciplinary integrated research.
Up to now, the university has formed eight major subject clusters, namely, electronics and signal communication, command and information system, military engineering protection, combat engineering support, atmosphere, maritime and spatial environment, military theory and management science, basics and application of mathematical science, humanities and social sciences. In addition, the university has opened up 11 new research directions, including quantum communication technology, space-based synthetic information system, modeling and decision-making assessment of complex military issues and electromagnetic spectrum control.
As for the construction of an interdisciplinary research platform, the university has set up military-civilian joint laboratories and other interdisciplinary research centers, added interdisciplinary courses, and set up interdisciplinary research teams.
In recent years, the university’s interdisciplinary integration gave birth to a large number of high-level teaching and research achievements, which have won 740-plus national and military research awards, among which were 2 first-class prizes of the National Scientific and Technological Progress Award, 66 first-class prizes of the Military Scientific and Technological Progress Award and 220-plus patents. And more than 130 research projects are funded by the National Natural Science Foundation.
By Yang Zhijun, Yang Daichen and Ma Shengwei