Art and science merge in a disaster readiness haven

Innovative structures called PREPHubs house basic services needed in the aftermath of a disaster.

People walking by MIT's Building 9 on Massachusetts Avenue pause to contemplate the white plastic structure that appears to be part bench and part tower. They take a minute to stop, notice a giant QR code on one face of the rectangular bench, aim their cellphones at the image, and follow the code to a website that tells them this unit, a PREPHub, contains amenities for short-term responses to emergencies.     full story

Posted July 2016

MIT Lincoln Laboratory investigates the potential for a microgrid design for Boston

A study conducted with the Boston Redevelopment Authority explores options for improving the resiliency of the city’s power distribution system.

Thumbnail of a map of proposed microgrid locations

Many states are looking at microgrid strategies to improve the resilience of their energy distribution systems to large-scale disasters. MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff collaborated with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to complete the Boston Community Energy Study, an investigation into a resilient power system design for Boston.  
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Posted July 2016

Pinpointing the signs of depression

The military suicide rate reached an all-time high in 2012, and this sobering statistic led President Barack Obama to label military suicides an epidemic, calling for an "all-hands-on-deck approach" to address mental health. Answering the president’s call for action on improving mental health services, a Lincoln Laboratory team developed a system that uses vocal and facial biomarkers to evaluate depression.    full story

Posted June 2016 

Lincoln Laboratory demonstrates highly accurate vehicle localization under adverse weather conditions

A ground-penetrating radar system enhances an autonomous vehicle’s ability to know its position on a roadway even when other approaches fail.

Photo of vehicle used in the demonstration of the localizing ground-penetrating radar technique.

During a mid-March snowstorm, researchers from MIT Lincoln Laboratory achieved real-time, nighttime, centimeter-level vehicle localization while driving the test vehicle at highway speeds over roads whose lane markings were hidden by the snow. The vehicle used a novel ground-penetrating radar technique to localize the vehicle to within centimeters of the boundaries of its lane.   full story

Posted June 2016

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is leading a team to develop a constellation of mini weather satellites

NASA chose the smallsats proposal as one of the missions for its Earth Venture Instrument program

Image of TROPICS constellation of satellites

Lincoln Laboratory and partners from academia and the U.S. government have been selected to develop and launch a constellation of 12 CubeSats that will provide rapid-refresh microwave atmospheric measurements over tropical regions to aid in the understanding of storm dynamics.      full story

Posted June 2016

Finding relevant data in a sea of languages

Thumbnail of the cross-language conceptA cross-language search engine combines language identification, machine translation, information retrieval, and query-biased summarization techniques to enable English monolingual analysts to find foreign language documents relevant to their investigations.    full story

Posted May 2016


Glowing tumors light a path to cancer treatment

Image of glowing tumors

Every year, 200,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, often in its late stages. Ovarian cancer is very hard to detect in its early stages, and once it is detected, the body is already riddled with dozens of tumors. A team of MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff, MIT researchers, and MGH surgeons has pursued a method for finding and removing tumors otherwise invisible to a surgeon's eye.          full story

Posted May 2016 

Noncontact laser ultrasound could yield significant impact for medical imaging

Optical approach acquires interior body imagery without patient contact.

metal sliver seen via ultrasound

Ultrasound is an important tool used by physicians to image and diagnose disease, state of health, injury, and other conditions in patients. However, it suffers from limitations resulting from operator variability—the differences caused by hand pressures in the subtle angle planes applied to the transmit-sensing head in contact with the patient skin. For example, this variability creates significant enough distortion to and reduced confidence in the resultant image that ultrasound is not used for tracking changes in tumors.  full story

Posted May 2016


More Technology News

MIT Lincoln Laboratory releases the latest volume in its book series

Textbook is an introduction to techniques for both estimating the state of a system and associating measurements from multiple systems.
  Posted July 2016


Sonde Health Advances Novel Vocal Biomarker Analysis Platform
  Posted in Lincoln Laboratory in the
  News, June 2016


Stethoscope pill developed by MIT and Mass General researchers picks up invention award
  Posted in Lincoln Laboratory in the
  News, April 2016


Dynamic photoacoustic spectroscopy

A novel laser-based technique remotely detects extremely low concentrations of gases and aerosols.
  Posted February 2016

Colorful microparticles for anticounterfeiting

Glowing, smartphone-readable nanocrystals could authenticate products.
  Posted February 2016

Interactive video browsing

Video-summarization software reduces the time analysts spend scanning surveillance data for key observations.
  Posted December 2015  

Rapid Searches for Effective Rescues
A novel sensor that rapidly locates emergency beacons could enhance search and rescue operations.
  Posted November 2015

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Tech Notes

Reporting on the Laboratory's innovations

Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix

Under the direction of the Office of Naval Research, Lincoln Laboratory partnered with video game developer Pipeworks to create an interactive game that trains sailors to tactically plan for and respond to threats posed by anti-ship cruise missiles.

Adding Automation and Decision Support Capabilities at the Reagan Test Site

New software tools provide operators with automated decision support for directing sensors during increasingly complex tests conducted at the Reagan Test Site.

Reagan Test Site Optics Modernization Program

Upgrades to the optical systems combine state-of-the-art commercial focal plane technologies with a wide-area, network-centric, open-system design to allow distributed system command and control while achieving record-high metric accuracy.

Self-Defense Distributed Engagement Coordinator

Lincoln Laboratory helped develop a decision support tool that auto-matically evaluates responses to anti-ship threats and recommends actions to the personnel coordinating ship self-defense. This tool was recognized with a 2015 R&D 100 Award.

Telemetry Modernization with Open Architecture Software-Defined Radio Technology

Lincoln Laboratory is conducting a software-defined radio technology development program to improve the way telemetered information is collected and processed.

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More News and Awards

Girls Who Build Cameras workshop sparks future engineers
  Posted June 2016


Students build assistive technologies for Boston residents in need
  Posted June 2016


The Concourse Group receives MIT Lincoln Laboratory's 2016 Small Business of the Year Award
  Posted June 2016


Teaching radar at the University of Puerto Rico
  Posted May 2016


Establishment of the Lincoln Laboratory Supercomputing Center

  Posted April 2016

MIT Lincoln Laboratory helps inaugurate the Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security

  Posted March 2016

Lincoln Experimental Satellite turns 40

  Posted March 2016


MIT Lincoln Laboratory engineer speaks to Minuteman's Girls in STEM Camp
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  News, March 2016

Big boost for MIT Lincoln Labs in Pentagon budget
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 News, March 2016

Using Social Media to ID Disaster Victims
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  News, January 2016

Three Lincoln Laboratory staff members named by Internet Society founders as among the "Early Internet Leaders"

Jim Forgie, Al McLaughlin, and Cliff Weinstein made significant contributions to the design and development of the Internet during its early years


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