Nine technologies developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory named finalists for R&D 100 Awards

The 2016 finalists represent work in diverse technical fields

by Dorothy Ryan | Communications and Community Outreach Office

Among Lincoln Laboratory's R&D 100 Award finalists are technologies for (clockwise from top left) performing a spinal repair with a laser-based tool, conducting physiological monitoring from within the gastrointestinal tract, and providing situational awareness of airport runways and airspace.


On 1 August, R&D Magazine—an international publication on science and engineering—announced that nine technologies developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory were finalists for its 2016 R&D 100 Awards. These annual awards are presented to the 100 technology products judged by a panel of R&D Magazine editors and outside experts to be the most significant new developments of the year.

The nine finalists are

  • Airborne Collision Avoidance System for Unmanned Aircraft—a system that processes multisensor data to allow unmanned aircraft to detect and track nearby aircraft and to enable ground operators to direct safe separation between unmanned vehicles and other air traffic.
  • Broadband Magnetometry and Temperature Sensing with a Light-Trapping Diamond Waveguide—an ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector and temperature sensor that is a thousand times more energy-efficient than previous diamond-based magnetometers.
  • EnteroPhone—a tiny, wireless, ingestible device that monitors heart and breathing rates by listening to the body's sounds and that senses core temperature, all from within the gastrointestinal tract.
  • High-Altitude Attritable Link Offset—a swarm of high-altitude platforms that act as one large temporary antenna to increase communication capacity and provide Internet access in currently unsupported areas.
  • Offshore Precipitation Capability—a system that provides weather information for air traffic controllers by generating "radar-like" depictions of precipitation intensity and storm height in offshore regions that are outside weather radar coverage.
  • Second-Window Infrared Fluorescence Triband Imager—a camera system that uses a specially formulated fluorescent probe to make tumors "glow" in the infrared spectrum so that surgeons can quickly and precisely characterize a tumor field.
  • Small Airport Surveillance Sensor—a low-cost secondary surveillance system that provides airport tower controllers with situational awareness of aircraft on the airport surface and in nearby airspace.
  • StenAIR—a tool set that offers surgical navigation and precise laser targeting within the spinal cavity to enable treatment of back pain with an outpatient procedure instead of with open back surgery.
  • Timely Address Space Randomization—a method for protecting computers from cyber threats by enhancing the operating system's ability to monitor applications and by continually randomizing the computer's memory layout to thwart sophisticated hijacking attacks.

At the R&D 100 Awards Ceremony to be held on 4 November at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md., just outside Washington, D.C., the 100 winners for 2106 will be announced.

Since 2010, Lincoln Laboratory has received 26 R&D 100 Awards, including two R&D 100 Editor's Choice Awards, which are given to the top three technologies from among the year's 100 selected by R&D Magazine

Posted August 2016


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