A research collaboration with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is developing  new processor designs, safe programming languages, and operating systems that address cyber vulnerabilities.

Emerging Technology

The Technology Office promotes research and development of new technologies and engineering solutions of growing relevance to national security. Staff are working at the frontiers of technology to transfer the latest advances to the Laboratory’s mission areas. Some investments, such as quantum information systems, may take years to come to fruition. In areas of increasing importance to the nation, such as energy and autonomy, the Laboratory is taking a lead role. We are supporting R&D in the following areas:

  • Advanced devices
  • Advanced materials and processes
  • Autonomous systems
  • Biomedical science and technology
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Homeland protection, air traffic control, and humanitarian assistance & disaster relief
  • Quantum systems and science


Featured Projects

A group of five researchers pose in a field with two UAVs.
We are building a toolbox of autonomous functions for unmanned aerial systems to improve UAS missions and alleviate burden on human operators in the field.
Autonomous High-Resolution Ocean Floor Mapping
The Laboratory is working to develop a novel seabed-mapping capability that can achieve high-resolution imaging and a fast coverage rate.
This is an image of adiamond seed crystal that glows orange.
Engineered diamonds show promising capability for use in quantum sensing of magnetic fields.
Three step progression of material in self repair, from cracked, to processing, to fully repaired.
New materials that are chemically inspired by nature could be tailored at the molecular level to dissipate vibrations in microsystems. Materials that can survive repeated external stresses could enable a next generation of enhanced microsystems.
Rice cooker with attached infrared sensor.
By connecting a PV microgrid powered by solar panels to homes, engineers could provide people who live in regions of power-insecurity with the energy to cook their meals. Unused power could be applied to phone-charging stations.