Lincoln Laboratory lends a 3D-printed hand

Two research teams are working to advance the design of low-cost 3D-printed arms and hands for those in need of prosthetic devices.

At MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Technology Office Innovation Laboratory (TOIL), researchers are working to enhance the technology of current 3D-printed hands by improving the mechanics of finger motion, adding non-electronic temperature and tactile feedback, and incorporating motorized technologies.    full story

Posted August 2016

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.  
full story

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

Finding relevant data in a sea of languages

Thumbnail of the cross-language concept

A 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

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

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
  Posted June 2016

Glowing tumors light a path to cancer treatment

  Posted May 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

Localizing Ground-Penetrating Radar

An innovative ground-penetrating radar that maps underground geological features provides autonomous vehicles with real-time localization.

Wind Turbine Interference-Mitigation Study

A strategy for lessening wind turbines' effects on the performance of an aircraft measurement system could inform future research into interference mitigation.

Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix

An interactive game 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 RTS.

Reagan Test Site Optics Modernization Program

Upgrades to the optical systems at RTS allow distributed system command and control while achieving record-high metric accuracy.

Self-Defense Distributed Engagement Coordinator

Aa decision support tool automatically recommends actions to the personnel coordinating ship self-defense. This tool was recognized with a 2015 R&D 100 Award.

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More News and Awards

Two from Lincoln Laboratory receive U.S. Army Commander's Award for Public Service
  Posted September 2016


Taking on the gender gap with Girls Who Code
  Posted September 2016


Calling on interns to become inventors
  Posted September 2016


Students decrypt the secrets of cryptography
  Posted September 2016


New Laboratory chilcare center to open doors
  Posted August 2016


High school students race the autonomous mini-cars they built
this summer at MIT

  Posted in Lincoln Laboratory in the News, August 2016


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



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