Colorful Microparticles for Anticounterfeiting

Glowing, smartphone-readable nanocrystals could authenticate products

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Lime green, yellow, bright blue—these are among the colors combined in the distinctive stripe patterns that glow on the smartphone held by MIT postdoc Jiseok Lee after he takes a photo of the pharmaceutical blister pack sitting on his lab bench. But without the near-infrared light source and 20× magnifying lens attachments on his smartphone, these stripes, approximately 200 µm long, are invisible to the naked eye. The blister pack appears ordinary; there are no signs that a serial number–like identifier has been encoded onto its surface.

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Posted February 2016

Dynamic Photoacoustic Spectroscopy

A novel laser-based technique remotely detects extremely low concentrations of gases and aerosols 

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Remotely detecting trace gases and aerosols requires a highly sensitive chemical detector capable of quickly scanning large volumes of air to discern very low concentrations of materials that could be meters or even kilometers away from a contaminated area. Dynamic photoacoustic spectroscopy, a laser-based technique developed by scientists at Lincoln Laboratory, provides this combination of high sensitivity, high area-coverage rates, and long-range detection.

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Posted February 2016

From Tools to Teammates: Integrating Robots on Human Teams

Advanced capabilities and algorithms developed for autonomous systems could streamline human-robot teaming in military operations

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Lincoln Laboratory's basic research program in collaborative robotics—a new trend in the robotics industry that seeks to advance robot-human synergy—is motivated by the Department of Defense’s growing interest in utilizing autonomous systems to enhance warfighter situational awareness.

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Posted January 2016

Interactive Video Browsing

Video-summarization software reduces the amount of time analysts spend scanning surveillance data for key observations   

Video Content Summarization Tool

Video surveillance provides one of the best sources of data for critical infrastructure protection, border surveillance, and urban law enforcement. However, reviewing these data is a time-consuming process. A team of Lincoln Laboratory researchers developed a software that creates summary views of long-duration surveillance videos so analysts can quickly identify activity of interest.

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Posted December 2015

MIT Lincoln Laboratory receives three 2015 R&D 100 Awards

Schematic of PANDA software

Three software products developed by Lincoln Laboratory were named recipients of 2015 R&D 100 Awards. The Platform for Architecture-Neutral Dynamic Analysis, Self-Defense Distributed Engagement Coordinator, and Video Content Summarization Tool were recognized by R&D Magazine as among the world's 100 most innovative technologies introduced in 2015.  
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Posted December 2015

Connecting, Protecting, and Informing the Next Generation of First Responders

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is developing high-tech tools to improve situational awareness during emergency response operations

A co-operative education student from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, worked on programming the drones for the Next Generation First Responder team.

Researchers from Lincoln Laboratory have been working with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) First Responder Group's cutting-edge Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex program to develop innovative technology that will provide response teams with situational awareness when traditional communications are restricted or disabled.

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Posted December 2015

Rapid Searches for Effective Rescues

A novel sensor that rapidly locates emergency beacons could enhance search and rescue operations.

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Leveraging previous work on novel antennas, researchers from Lincoln Laboratory have developed an aircraft-mounted direction-finding vector sensor that can detect and locate an RF beacon in two dimensions (azimuth and elevation) in less than 45 milliseconds. With only a single "look," this sensor synchronizes the azimuth and elevation angles to find an emergency beacon; no time-consuming triangulation is needed to home in on the beacon's signal.      full story

Posted November 2015

Technology Confronts Disasters

R&D at MIT Lincoln Laboratory will help agencies better respond to
disasters and humanitarian crises

Wide-Area Infrared System for Persistent Surveillance (WISP) camera

Experiences during relief efforts in post-earthquake Haiti demonstrated to Lincoln Laboratory that advanced technology and technical expertise developed for the Department of Defense can significantly benefit future humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts. In February, the Laboratory established the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Systems Group to explore ways to leverage or advance existing capabilities for improving disaster responses.     full story

Posted October 2015

MIT Lincoln Laboratory demonstrates novel laser
at technology expo

Lincoln Laboratory exhibit at Wait, What?

Researchers from the Laboratory's Laser Technology and Applications Group were invited by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to its Wait, What? forum to demonstrate the advanced, 101-element optical phased array that they had developed under the agency's sponsorship. The forum was designed to inspire cross-disciplinary approaches to creating future innovations.     full story

Posted October 2015

More Technology News

A tiny pill monitors vital signs from deep inside the body
Lincoln Laboratory biomaterials scientist Albert Swiston sat down with NPR to discuss the ingestible biosensor he has been developing with MIT collaborators.
  Posted in Lincoln Laboratory in the
  News, November 2015

MACOM and MIT Lincoln Laboratory announce successful field tests of next-generation weather surveillance and air traffic control technology
  Posted in Lincoln Laboratory in the
  News, October 2015

Talking Sense
Lincoln Laboratory researcher Delsey Sherrill led the development of a novel hydration pack entered in the Body Sensor Networks Hackathon, held in conjunction with IEEE's Body Sensor Networks Conference.
  Posted in Lincoln Laboratory in the
  News, September 2015

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Tech Notes

Reporting on the Laboratory's innovations

Airborne Collision Avoidance System X

A next-generation onboard safety system that uses a new approach to collision avoidance logic reduces mid-air collision risk and extends collision avoidance protection to new aircraft classes.

Lunar Laser Communication System

A laser communication system that achieves record-high data transmittal rates could expand what's possible for future science missions to the Moon and beyond.


Automated speaker recognition software provides an accurate, objective, consistent, and efficient tool for conducting speaker comparisons.

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More News and Awards

Designing tools for surgeons is on teen's radar

Illinois high-school senior Jocelyn Dorney enjoyed the LLRISE experience.

  Posted in Lincoln Laboratory in the
  News, October 2015

AIAA announces Class of 2016 Associate Fellows
Steven Bussolari and Eliahu Niewood of MIT Lincoln Laboratory are among the 2016 honorees.
  Posted in Lincoln Laboratory in the
  News, October 2015

High-school students decipher cryptography
  Posted September 2015

AFCEA internships at Lincoln Laboratory
  Posted September 2015

Middle-school girls are wowed by engineering
  Posted September 2015

Molten Glass 3D Printer Produces Optically Transparent Glass
   Posted in Lincoln Laboratory in the
   News, August 2015

MIT and the Air Force renew contract for operation of
MIT Lincoln Laboratory

  Posted April 2015

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