Principal Accomplishments

A capability for reliably detecting and tracking unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is needed to safely integrate them into U.S. airspace. In collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, Lincoln Laboratory is working to develop such a capability. Above, the acoustic signature of a commercial UAV is measured in an urban environment.

  • The Laboratory continues to lead the development of technology and architectures for countering a broad range of weapons of mass destruction. Activities include measurement-based threat phenomenology studies, technology assessments, critical infrastructure remediation, and improvised explosive device forensics development.
  • Partnering with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, the Laboratory successfully demonstrated the first phase of ultralow-power wearable physiological monitoring systems that use an open architecture and can operate securely in tactical environments.
  • Next-generation video-analysis capabilities for law enforcement, mass transit security, and border patrol are being developed with emphases on accelerating video review by humans and cueing operators to unusual targets.
  • The Laboratory, in collaboration with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense and its international partners, conducted a series of measurements to improve understanding of chemical and biological threat agents and to enable the development of technologies needed to counter such threats.
  • Laboratory-developed prototypes are advancing capabilities for humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. Funded by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) First Responders Group, the Next-Generation Incident Command System, a command-and-control software platform, is improving situational awareness for firefighters in California and emergency managers in Victoria, Australia. Other decision support tools are enabling better preparation for and responses to coastal hurricanes.
  • A prototype forensic DNA measurement and analysis technique utilizes next-generation DNA sequencing to reliably identify a suspect’s DNA in complex, multiple-contributor sample mixtures.
  • In partnership with the DHS S&T Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Lincoln Laboratory is assessing and developing unmanned aerial vehicle detection architectures and technologies to help protect critical infrastructures and special-event sites. For the second year in a row, the Laboratory's neurocognitive team won an international competition for their estimation of depression severity from audio and video recordings. The recognition highlighted the efficacy of the Laboratory's speech processing techniques for psychological health assessments based on phoneme-dependent speaking rate and incoordination of vocal tract articulators.
  • A multimodal immersive laboratory is being built for use in noninvasive cognitive and physiological monitoring research. A 27-foot virtual-reality dome features 360-degree visualization and motion-capture capabilities and a dual-belt, force-plate treadmill on a six-degrees-of-freedom actuator.


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