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

Colorful microparticles for anticounterfeiting

Glowing, smartphone-readable nanocrystals could authenticate products.

DPAS top view

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.   full story

Posted February 2016

Dynamic photoacoustic spectroscopy

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

DPAS top view

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.    full story

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.

heads-up display

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.  full story

Posted January 2016

More Technology News

Video forensic tools track suspicious objects left in public places

Working in partnership with MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is developing and demonstrating a suite of video forensic tools that can quickly review and analyze video for security assessments.
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  News, May 2016

Stethoscope pill developed by MIT and Mass General researchers picks up invention award
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  News, April 2016


Interactive video browsing

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

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

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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

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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