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.

Emerging Technology

The Technology Office promotes research and development of new technologies and engineering solutions of growing relevance to national security. Staff are working at the frontiers of technology to transfer the latest advances to the Laboratory’s mission areas. Some investments, such as quantum information systems, may take years to come to fruition. In areas of increasing importance to the nation, such as energy and autonomy, the Laboratory is taking a lead role. We are supporting R&D in the following areas:

  • Advanced devices
  • Advanced materials and processes
  • Autonomous systems
  • Biomedical science and technology
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Homeland protection, air traffic control, and humanitarian assistance & disaster relief
  • Quantum systems and science


Featured Projects

A photo of unmanned surface vehicles on the Charles River.
We developed new distributed coordination algorithms for deploying multiple autonomous systems from a single set of operator commands.
A graph with the words HAPI Human AI-performance against a blue background. Surrounding the words are images of technologies, including a wristband, a laptop, a sensored helmet, VR glasses, and gloves.
A new collaboration space is empowering researchers to drive innovations in human-AI teaming.
A group of five researchers pose in a field with two UAVs.
We are building a toolbox of autonomous functions for unmanned aerial systems to improve UAS missions and alleviate burden on human operators in the field.
Autonomous High-Resolution Ocean Floor Mapping
The Laboratory is working to develop a novel seabed-mapping capability that can achieve high-resolution imaging and a fast coverage rate.
This is an image of adiamond seed crystal that glows orange.
Engineered diamonds show promising capability for use in quantum sensing of magnetic fields.