New technology aids hurricane response

Lincoln Laboratory staff deployed tools to help FEMA plan evacuations, monitor storms, and assess the damage wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The 2017 hurricane season was catastrophic. Hurricane Harvey, plaguing Texas with floods, was followed quickly by Irma, whose winds battered Florida and the Caribbean. Hurricane Maria then raged upon Puerto Rico and other islands already reeling from previous storms. In the buildup and aftermath, Lincoln Laboratory quickly assembled teams and technology to aid federal agencies in managing these disasters.

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Posted February 2018

Lincoln Laboratory staff captured first-of-their-kind infrared images of solar eclipse

The images can help further our knowledge of the Sun's mysterious corona.

The team from Lincoln Laboratory's Advanced Imager Technology and Active Optical Systems Groups recorded the August 2017 solar eclipse with the Laboratory-developed digital-pixel focal plane array (DFPA) camera. The DFPA camera took images of the eclipse in the mid-wavelength (3–5 μm) and long-wavelength (7–9 μm) infrared.

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Posted February 2018

Ground-based system helps UAVs avoid collisions

The award will enable the expansion of the Laboratory's Defense Fabric Discovery Center.

The Ground-Based Sense-and-Avoid (GBSAA) System provides guidance that allows unmanned aircraft systems to steer clear of other aircraft. Data gained from existing radars are processed by unique algorithms; the system can locate and prioritize the risk from all aircraft, and then issue alerts to the pilots of the UAS at risk, and compute the optimal avoidance maneuver.

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Posted January 2018

State grant will support advanced fiber and fabric research at Lincoln Laboratory

The award will enable the expansion of the Laboratory's Defense Fabric Discovery Center.

On 20 December, Secretary Jay Ash of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development announced a $3.9 million state grant to support the Defense Fabric Discovery Center at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. The award will promote the center's mission of innovating advanced fibers and fabrics for defense applications.

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Posted December 2017

MIT Lincoln Laboratory receives six 2017 R&D 100 Awards

Technologies named the year’s most significant innovations address healthcare, radar performance, aircraft collision avoidance, and 24-hour wide-area surveillance.

R&D 100 Awards were presented to six technologies that were developed either solely by technical staff from MIT Lincoln Laboratory or through their collaborations with researchers from other organizations. These awards, given annually by R&D Magazine, recognize the 100 most significant inventions introduced in the past year.

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Posted December 2017

Lincoln Laboratory receives state grant to advance integrated photonics development

Award will fund new equipment for building photonic integrated circuits.

Photo of Lincoln Laboratory staff with Gov. Baker and UMass Chancellor Subbaswamy

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash announced the awarding of $1.9 million to MIT Lincoln Laboratory for the acquisition of a germanium deposition reactor that will improve the fabrication of photonic integrated circuits.

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Posted December 2017

New technology gives early warning of exposure to disease-causing pathogens

The enabling algorithm uses non-invasive physiological data to predict the probability of viral or bacterial exposures.

concept of PRESAGED algorithm

The PRE-Symptomatic AGent Exposure Detection (PRESAGED) algorithm uses real-time physiological data, such as heart electrical activity, breathing rate, and temperature, to calculate the probability that a person has been exposed to a virus or bacteria. This technology could lead to effective early treatment of patients and faster, more confident implementation of public health measures in the event of a disease outbreak.

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Posted December 2017

Solar-powered water purifier is serving 600 Puerto Ricans
every day

The off-grid, battery-less system will be run by a local Boys and Girls Club indefinitely. 

A disaster response team consisting of staff from Lincoln Laboratory and Infinitum Humanitarian Systems, supported by the Roddenberry Foundation, developed the purification system and installed it in the town of Loiza, which was devastated by the impacts of Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

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Posted November 2017

ORS-5 SensorSat launched to monitor activity in the geosynchronous belt

Satellite developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory will fulfill a critical need for space situational awareness.

ORS-5 SensorSat launches

The ORS-5 SensorSat spacecraft launched aboard a Minotaur rocket in August is on a 3-year mission to continually scan the geosynchronous belt. Data collected by SensorSat will help the United States keep a protective eye on the movements of satellites and space debris in the belt.

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Posted November 2017

Using machine learning to detect fake news

MIT Lincoln Laboratory staff developed algorithms that use text, images, and html metadata to determine the reliability of a news article.

Since the 2016 presidential election, awareness of fake news has soared. With its power to erode the public's ability to make informed decisions, fake news poses a serious threat to our national security. To combat this threat, the Lincoln Laboratory Technology Office hosted the "Fake Media" Hackathon, which challenged teams of staff to use machine learning to automatically detect fake media content.

Posted October 2017

More Technology News

Lincoln Laboratory enters licensing agreement to produce its localizing ground-penetrating radar

Partnership with Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc. will make prototype systems available to the self-driving vehicle industry.
Posted July 2017

Defense Fabric Discovery Center established to develop
smart textiles

  Posted June 2017

Harnessing analytics to design training tools

Profiles of student success in training games may guide curriculum development
  Posted April 2017

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Tech Notes

Reporting on the Laboratory's innovations

Multisystem Simulation with

Battle theater simulation enables radar and electronic support systems to be pitted against jammers and missile seekers under realistic scenarios.

Aluminum as a Fuel

A novel aluminum fuel that has many attractive features could replace lithium-ion batteries in several applications.

Polarimetric Co-location Layering

A novel algorithm exploits polarimetric radar signals to filter sea clutter returns from object detections.


Video-Rate Microwave Imaging for Concealed-Threat Detection

A flexible, modular imaging system can rapidly detect threats concealed under clothes or hidden in bags.

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More News

New England startups explore how to connect their technologies to Defense Department needs
  Posted December 2017

Military interns learn value of technology research and development
  Posted October 2017

Team from MIT Lincoln Laboratory scores big at international hacking competition
  Posted September 2017

Summer program inspires a new generation of engineers
  Posted September 2017

High school teachers become students for a week to learn about radar systems
  Posted August 2017

Students have engineering on their radar
  Posted August 2017

The latest volume in the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Series is released

The book chronicles Lincoln Laboratory's seminal research and development of technology for space surveillance.
  Posted June 2017

Students get creative with code
  Posted June 2017

MIT Lincoln Laboratory's Defense Technology Seminar marks its 20th year
  Posted May 2017


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