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.   full story

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.    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

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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.  full story

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.    full story

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.     full story

Posted December 2015

More Technology News

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


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

  Posted March 2016

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

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

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Tech Notes

Reporting on the Laboratory's innovations

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

MIT Lincoln Laboratory helped develop a unique decision support tool that automatically 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


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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