The Runway Status Lights System helps air traffic controllers and pilots monitor the runway and prevent collisions between aircrafts.

Surveillance Systems

Our group develops integrated sensing and decision support systems that enable safe and efficient air and surface transportation. We specialize in modern air traffic control radars and ground and airborne collision avoidance systems. An increasingly important area of work for us is unmanned aircraft systems. The systems we work on help prevent aircraft accidents and ensure safe organization of air traffic. With technical expertise in real-time software architecture, radio-frequency and digital hardware design, advanced supercomputing-enabled modeling and simulation, machine learning, and system integration, our research teams take new ideas for solving problems and develop them into working prototypes. We are currently working on detect and avoid systems for both unmanned aircraft systems and new surveillance systems for smaller airports. We are also developing analytical methods to help automated vehicles integrate safely and efficiently into the current surface transportation system.

Featured Projects

ACAS-X alerts pilots to nearby traffic and issues actions to avoid collisions with other aircraft.
A next generation collision avoidance system will help pilots and unmanned aircraft safely navigate the airspace.
The antennas on the Small Airport Surveillance Sensor receive signals from aircraft transponders containing information about the aircraft's identification, speed, and altitude.
An affordable radar surveillance system will help tower controllers at small airports monitor traffic even under poor visibility conditions.

Advancing Our Research


MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, MA

Featured Publications

En route sector capacity model final report(1.98 MB)

Aug 14
Project Report ATC-426, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Secondary Surveillance Phased Array Radar (SSPAR): Initial Feasibilty Study(6 MB)

Feb 6
Project Report ATC-416, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Secondary Surveillance Phased Array Radar (SSPAR): initial feasibility study

Feb 6
Project Report ATC-416, MIT Lincoln Laboratory