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.

Work in New Frontiers

To maintain the nation's preeminence in technology capability and to help ensure continued national security, staff at the Laboratory are working at the frontiers of technology R&D. Some areas of investment, such as quantum information systems, may take years to come to fruition. In areas of increasing importance to modern systems, such as artificial intelligence and autonomy, the Laboratory is taking a lead role on behalf of the nation.

The Laboratory undertakes applied research projects that will provide capabilities to address anticipated challenges to our national security. Each spring, the Technology Office solicits proposals for innovative projects that are aimed at exploring the application of promising new technologies to those challenges. We accept proposals for university collaborations in which a Lincoln Laboratory researcher is a co-principal investigator.

Featured Projects

Close-up of a 3D printed array
A new concept for a low-cost vacuum pump may enable development of a portable mass spectrometer that achieves high-performance chemical detection.
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.
A goal of the program is to develop a system that can identify spatial relationships between objects in a scene, such as counting how many planes are parked at the terminal on the left.
An artificial intelligence application that automatically identifies objects in aerial imagery could reduce the time analysts spend in manually combing through images.
The high-rate, entangled-photon source technologies will be integrated into the optical fiber quantum network test bed.
Lincoln Laboratory and MIT researchers are creating a shared quantum network test bed that will be used for developing and realistic testing of applications that take advantage of quantum science's potential to enable diverse, advanced communication, sensing, and computing systems.
Each BEACON instrument has two cylinders outfitted with copper electrodes. As the cylinders spin synchronously, the electrical field produces a signal between the electrodes; from this signal, the strength and direction of the E-field are computed.
Researchers are creating a balloon-carried instrument for predicting the likelihood of lightning in a storm cloud.

Advanced Concepts Committee

The ACC directs the funding of basic innovative research that addresses technical problems in national security. This committee of representatives from the Technology Office and all research areas chooses the projects to fund through a rolling application process open to Laboratory staff, university researchers, or joint partnerships.

Typical of projects funded by the ACC is BEACON, the development of a balloon-carried instrument to measure the electric field in a storm cloud.

The ACC is interested in exploring partnerships with innovators to develop novel technologies. Contact us at [email protected] or 781-981-2820.