Lincoln Laboratory in the News

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Using Social Media to ID Disaster Victims

MIT Lincoln Laboratory's system can speed up the rescue and recovery process.

IEEE's The Institute
6 January 2016

Among the most difficult tasks for agencies managing disasters is rapidly and accurately identifying the status and whereabouts of potential victims. What’s needed is a system for accessing information about the affected population and making it useful and actionable to rescue agencies. Researchers from MIT Lincoln Laboratory, in Lexington, Mass., are working toward such a system.

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A tiny pill monitors vital signs from deep inside the body

23 November 2015

After testing all the pieces of a tiny pill-size device, Lincoln Laboratory biomaterials scientist Albert Swiston sent it on a unique journey: through the guts of six live Yorkshire pigs.

Ingestible biosensor

Pig bodies are a lot like human bodies, and Swiston wanted to know whether the device would be able to monitor vital signs from inside a body. It did.

It's the latest in a small but growing group of devices that soldiers, athletes, astronauts, and colonoscopy patients have gulped to collect information from odd recesses of the body. Swiston calls them "ingestibles."

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Designing tools for surgeons is on teen's radar

Chicago Tribune
12 October 2015

For many ambitious high school students looking to advance their career aspirations early, summer isn't the leisure vacation it used to be.

Summer programs and summer school represent opportunity, and among those taking advantage this year was Jocelyn Dorney, a 17-year-old Olympia Fields resident.

Dorney, a senior at Southland College Prep Charter High School in Richton Park, participated this summer in the Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers program offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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University of Nevada, Reno's Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship Forges Tech Ties with MIT

Sierra Nevada Corporation Newsroom
18 September 2015

The University of Nevada, Reno, this week welcomed leading thinkers in engineering and defense from the internationally-renowned Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. The group toured the University's Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, offering important guidance on approaches to cross-disciplinary and project-based academic programs and funding. The event was organized by Fatih and Eren Ozmen of Sparks-based Sierra Nevada Corporation, who founded the Ozmen Center in 2014.

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MACOM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory announce successful field tests of next-generation weather surveillance and air traffic control technology

15 September 2015

LOWELL, Mass.—M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (MACOM), a leading supplier of high-performance analog RF, microwave, millimeter-wave, and photonic semiconductor products, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory today announced successful field tests of Multifunction Phased Array Radar technology (MPAR). The first MPAR–based system was successfully deployed by the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Oklahoma.

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AIAA Announces Class of 2016 Associate Fellows

AIAA Press Release
8 September 2015

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is pleased to announce its Class of 2016 Associate Fellows. AIAA formally will honor and induct the class at its AIAA Associate Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Dinner on Monday, January 4, 2016, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, California, in conjunction with the AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2016 (AIAA SciTech 2016), January 4–8.

Among the honorees are Steven Bussolari and Eliahu Niewood of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

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Talking Sense

A Body Sensor Networks Hackathon pushes solutions to healthcare challenges

IEEE Pulse
17 August 2015

A man with a strange contraption behind his right ear paces a hallway. Wires trail from his ear to a battery pack tucked into his waistband. A woman carefully squeezes a bag filled with water. She watches a series of dots cascade downward on her smartphone. A man looks intently at a computer screen. A green LED connected to a wire emanating from his earlobe blinks away.

This was the scene at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in mid June during the Body Sensor Networks Hackathon, a two and a half day hacking tournament sponsored by Intel and the Hamlyn Center at Imperial College London, held in conjunction with IEEE's Body Sensor Networks (BSN) conference. . . .

Marathon runners, extreme athletes, and members of the military out in the field know that staying adequately hydrated is key to survival and success. Many of these people take advantage of hydration packs, which allow them to drink through a tube connected to a bag of water in a backpack. While this setup has the advantage of being hands-free, it's difficult for users to know how much water they are drinking. That's the problem that HydroExo team members Delsey Sherrill, software engineer and technical team leader at the MIT Lincoln Lab, and Federico Parisi, PhD student at the University of Parma, wanted to solve during the hackathon.

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Molten Glass 3D Printer Produces Optically Transparent Glass

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
25 August 2015

New Rochelle, NY—A new additive manufacturing technique uses an innovative process for printing molten glass at sufficiently high temperatures, layering it to produce strong 3D-printed glass objects able to transmit light. The modular, scalable printer, combined with a computer-assisted design (CAD) printing process, makes it possible to tailor the size, shape, and properties of the printed glass parts, as described in an article in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

The article [coauthored by researchers from MIT, Harvard University, and the University of Padova, Italy, including Michael Stern of MIT Lincoln Laboratory] is available free on the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing website until September 25, 2015.

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Alum is dedicated to engineering a safer nation

The Ohio State University College of Engineering News
7 August 2015

From conducting the first satellite television transmission in the 1960s to more recent advances in airborne collision avoidance systems and space surveillance, MIT Lincoln Laboratory has remained on the forefront of developing technology for national security for the past 64 years. Buckeye engineer Eric Evans has been at the helm of the historic research laboratory since 2006, guiding its strategic direction as well as the overall technical and administrative operations.

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DHS S&T Announces Collaboration with Emergency Management Victoria (Australia) and MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate
29 June 2015

Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Under Secretary Dr. Reginald Brothers met with the Honourable Jane Garrett, Member of Parliament; Minister for Emergency Services, State of Victoria; Mr. Craig Lapsley, Commissioner, Emergency Management Victoria; and Dr. Melissa G. Choi, Head, Homeland Protection and Air Traffic Control Division, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, to recommit to the strategic partnership to collaborate on advancing information-sharing capabilities for public safety. . .

Over the next 12 months, this partnership will help facilitate the development of standards-based approaches for enabling public safety organizations to share information and improve decision-making capabilities regardless of differences between hardware and software applications. In addition, they agreed to continue to explore the use of the Next Generation Incident Command System (NICS) technology to support public safety needs. Release of the open-source NICS software for the global community is anticipated later this year.

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Eight from MIT elected to National Academy of Engineering

New members include the Institute's president and the director of Lincoln Laboratory

MIT News
5 February 2015

Eight members of the MIT community — Hari Balakrishnan, Sangeeta Bhatia, Emery N. Brown, Anantha Chandrakasan, Eric D. Evans, Karen K. Gleason, L. Rafael Reif, and Daniela Rus — are among the 67 new members and 12 foreign associates elected today to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

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AeroAstro's Miller, Lincoln Lab's Evans named AIAA Fellows

MIT News
26 January 2015

David Miller '82, SM '85, ScD '88, the Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and Lincoln Laboratory Director Eric D. Evans have been elected Fellows of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world's largest aerospace professional society.

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NASA Lunar Mission Wins 2014 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award

7 October 2014

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission has received the Popular Mechanics 2014 Breakthrough Award for innovation in science and technology. The 10th annual Breakthrough Awards recognize innovators, engineers and scientists responsible for changing our world. . . .

. . . Hosted aboard LADEE for its ride to lunar orbit was the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) terminal. From a distance of almost a quarter of a million miles, LLCD demonstrated record-breaking upload and download speeds. The cooperative mission with a team from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and MIT's Lincoln Laboratory revealed the possibility of expanding broadband capabilities in future space communications development.

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How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Display of Big Data

MIT Technology Review
8 October 2014

One of the characteristics of our increasingly information-driven lives is the huge amounts of data being generated about everything from sporting activities and Twitter comments to genetic patterns and disease predictions. These information firehoses are generally known as “big data,” and with them come the grand challenge of making sense of the material they produce....

It is this... task of data display that Zachary Weber and Vijay Gadepally have taken on at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts. They say that combining big data with 3-D printing can dramatically improve the way people consume and understand data on a massive scale.

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Tiny particles could help verify goods

Chemical engineers hope smartphone-readable microparticles could crack down on counterfeiting.

MIT News
13 April 2014

Many strategies have been developed to try to label legitimate products and prevent illegal trade—but these tags are often too easy to fake, are unreliable, or cost too much to implement, according to MIT researchers who have developed a new alternative.

Led by MIT chemical engineering professor Patrick Doyle and Lincoln Laboratory technical staff member Albert Swiston, the researchers have invented a new type of tiny, smartphone-readable particle that they believe could be deployed to help authenticate currency, electronic parts, and luxury goods, among other products.

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New communication tool enhances incident management
and situational awareness

Wildfire Today
10 February 2014

At least 255 emergency management agencies in California and a few other areas have been experimenting with and in some cases using a new tool that provides enhanced situational awareness for incident managers. Called Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS), the developers describe it as "a mobile web-based command and control environment for dynamically escalating incidents from first alarm to extreme-scale that facilitates collaboration across [multiple] levels of preparedness, planning, response, and recovery for all-risk/all-hazard events." It is a combination of tools, technologies, and an innovative concept of operations for emergency response. . .

It was conceived, envisioned, and functionally specified by experienced first responders, many from the California emergency response community, and developed by skilled scientists and engineers at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

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Phased Array Radar at the Intersection of Military and
Commercial Innovation

Microwave Journal
14 January 2014

Accelerating innovation in phased array radar design and manufacturing is transforming our military radar infrastructure, enabling the achievement of unprecedented size weight and power (SWaP) profiles that in turn facilitate greater radar system accuracy, mobility and deployment flexibility for an ever widening range of ground-based, airborne and seaborne applications....

The development of the Multifunction Phased Array Radar (MPAR) panel, a dual-polarized S-Band system, is an example of defense-caliber phased array radar technology applied to weather tracking and air traffic control applications simultaneously. MPAR panels were co-developed by MACOM and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory under sponsorship from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a next-generation alternative to the existing civil radar network currently supplying air traffic and weather surveillance.

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Video: Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration sends Bill Nye over the Moon

The Planetary Society
1 January 2014

Video: NASA Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration

Don Cornwell, mission manager for the LLCD, discusses the significance of the demonstration

20 November 2013

Biosecurity for the Age of Redesigned Life

National Public Radio's Science Friday
8 November 2013

In this Science Friday segment, a panel of researchers discusses how scientists and the FBI are "rethinking biosecurity for the synthetic biology revolution." Dr. Peter Carr of MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Bioengineering Systems and Technologies Group was a guest panelist.

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To the Moon: Michigan Tech Alumnus Contributes to Lunar Mission

Michigan Tech News
7 October 2013

Aboard a spacecraft orbiting the moon is a little bit of Brandon Dilworth. His body is comfortably here on Earth. But for the last several years, Dilworth has poured all his professional skill and passion into a game-changing scientific project that is now hitching a ride on the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer. Launched by NASA Sept. 6. LADEE (dubbed “laddie”) left its Earth orbit Oct. 2 and entered a lunar orbit Oct. 6. Soon, the technical project that Dilworth has been working on at MIT Lincoln Laboratory for the last four years will spring into action.

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NASA selects MIT-led TESS project for 2017 mission

$200 million project will launch telescopes to perform full-sky search for transiting exoplanets.

MIT News
5 April 2013

Following a three-year competition, NASA has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project at MIT for a planned launch in 2017. The space agency announced the mission — to be funded by a $200 million grant to the MIT-led team — on 5 April.

TESS team partners include the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and MIT Lincoln Laboratory; NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center; Orbital Sciences Corporation; NASA's Ames Research Center; the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; The Aerospace Corporation; and the Space Telescope Science Institute.

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