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MITRE in the News - 2008
Health Imaging & IT
Article Title: "CCHIT Enters Next Phase of EHR Testing"
The MITRE Corporation and the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) are now in the next phase of their effort to build a testing resource to evaluate compliance of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and networks with interoperability certification criteria. The two organizations are developing Laika, an open-source software testing framework, which will make it easier for EHR vendors to "test and verify that their products support standards-based information exchange capabilities and prepare for CCHIT certification." Mark Leavitt, MD, PhD, and chair of CCHIT, said, "This project is an important first step in our journey toward testing and certifying the interoperability of health IT systems."
Ares: A Defense Technology Blog
Article Title: "3D Imaging Coming Closer for UGVs"
Capable of seeing in only two dimensions, unmanned ground and air vehicles equipped with cameras present an image limited to what the camera sees, not the whole of its surroundings. This makes it difficult for warfighters to determine information vital to successful military operations, such as how far the UGV has traveled, how many turns it has taken, and what lies ahead. The MITRE Corporation is working on a partial solution to this problem. Scott Robbins, principal investigator for the 3-D SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) project at MITRE, mounted four commercial, off the shelf cameras in a 180 degree configuration on an iRobot PackBot. The cameras are capable of virtually mapping the robot's environment in three dimensions, allowing its operator to see what's ahead and around the corner. In addition to the commercial 3-D sensors, including stereo vision, the robot uses flash Lidar (light detection and ranging) sensors. Still a few years away from fielding the technology, the MITRE team's next step is ruggedizing the software and hardware.
Information Integrity Coalition
Article Title: "Excellence in Information Integrity (EII) Awards Banquet Program Recognized Winners and Finalists"
The Information Integrity Coalition (IIC) named The MITRE Corporation a finalist in the non-profit category for an Excellence in Information Integrity award. The IIC recognized winners and finalists at its 13th annual Excellence in Information Integrity awards banquet, held in Chicago, Ill. Information Integrity is the accuracy, consistency, and reliability of the information content, process, and system. The non-profit organization's annual awards program recognizes organizations that strive to provide accurate, consistent, and reliable information to their customers, suppliers and partners.
Article Title: "Forum Defense Interest Group Focuses on TM Standards Deployment"
The MITRE Corporation and QinetiQ co-chair the newly formed Defense Interest Group, formed under the TM Forum, the world's leading trade consortium focused on enabling digital services. The goal of the Defense Interest Group is to foster a "collaborative approach to the development of Military Unique Features, which are best practices, standards and guidelines unique to the defense industry." Adopters of TM Forum standards include the U.S. Department of Defense (Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Joint Task Force Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO)), NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), and NATO C3 Agency. The new group already has more than 30 member companies that support the defense industry.
Article Title: "AWOS to Aid Patagonia Airport"
MITRE's Center for Advanced Aviation Systems Development (CAASD) will assemble a comprehensive profile of weather conditions around Patagonia's Chapelco Airport using an All Weather, Inc. (AWI) MetObserver Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS). The unmanned MetObserver AWOS functions as an active collection system for historical weather data. It can also provide up-to-the-minute weather data to pilots via ground-to-air radio and to air traffic personnel via interactive tower displays. This is the result of a long-term effort to develop advanced airport approaches in Argentina.
Article Title: "Hot Stocks: Capital Advantages"
Reston, Va.-based SquareLoop has licensed MITRE-developed targeted-messaging technology (Geocast) for civilian use. MITRE developed the technology to send geographically targeted text messages to warn soldiers at risk of attack without revealing their location to the enemy. "Among SquareLoop's customers is an insurance company that will provide its customers with precise traffic reporting—so drivers on I-66, say, can be warned of accidents directly ahead. Restaurants could advise nearby drivers that tables are available for the 6:30 seating. Students in a building targeted by a gunman could be warned and given safety instructions. Firefighters downwind from a toxic draft can be alerted, while firefighters elsewhere receive a different message."
Article Title: "Best Places to Work 2008"
The MITRE Corporation was ranked number four out of 100 on International Data Group's Computerworld's "Best Places to Work in IT" list. MITRE received additional recognition for training and retention.
Human Resource Executive
Article Title: "Building a Buzz"
Human Resource Executive magazine recently recognized MITRE for its cutting-edge recruiting tool, Job of Honor: A MITRE Experience. A video game created in-house using the latest gaming technology, Job of Honor is attracting a lot of attention at recruiting fairs, particularly on college campuses. The player controls an avatar on a walk through a virtual version of MITRE's Bedford, Mass., campus, learning about the company from characters they encounter. There is an option to design an interface to assist military pilots flying unmanned aircraft, and then fly an unmanned drone in a virtual airspace. MITRE's Matthew Patron led the team that designed the game. We want "to show how we are working on real-world problems that our soldiers are working on today," he says. Job of Honor is one of the ways MITRE is reaching out to the next generation of engineers and scientists. "The candidate who might spend 20 or 30 seconds picking up brochures is being replaced by someone sitting for 10 or 15 minutes [playing] the game," says Corporate Recruiting Manager Gary Cluff.
Article Title: "MITRE Presented with Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service"
In a ceremony held recently to celebrate MITRE's 50th anniversary, the Honorable John Grimes, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD NII)/Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (CIO), presented MITRE with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. According to MITRE President and Chief Executive Officer Alfred Grasso, who accepted the award on behalf of the Corporation, "We are very proud to have received this prestigious award. It is a tribute to the 50 years of dedication and commitment to service that we continue to see reflected in the actions of all our employees."
Falls Church News Press
Article Title: "This Week's Business News and Notes"
The MITRE Corporation's McLean campus received the 2008 Business Recycling Award from the Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program. MITRE shared the honor with seven other area companies. The award program recognizes businesses that make "environmental stewardship a key part of their corporate culture."
Article Title: "New, Independent Industry Group Sets Sights on Fast-Tracking a Standard Specification for Defense Architecture Modeling"
MITRE is part of a new industry standards group formed to develop a modeling standard that supports the U.S. Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and the UK's Ministry of Defence Architecture Framework (MODAF). The Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF Group—or UPDM Group—includes defense contractors, government agency stakeholders, and software vendors. Standardizing the architecture definition language across DoDAF and MODAF will enhance the "consistency, quality, and tool interoperability of enterprise architectures that comply with these frameworks."
Article Title: "TSAT Technology is Mature—Ready for Development Phase"
MITRE played a key role in testing the Critical Technology Elements (CTEs) of the Transformational Satellite Communications System (TSAT)—a net-centric system of technologies being designed to meet warfighter needs 10 to 15 years from now. According to the Technology Readiness Assessment Independent Review Team (IRT), which included technical experts from MITRE, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), MIT/Lincoln Laboratory, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, and The Aerospace Corporation, TSAT technology is poised to enter the next phase of development. This marks a significant step toward revolutionizing the interoperability and security of military communications. Considered "the lynchpin of 21st century net-centric warfare," TSAT will integrate space, air, ground, and sea networks using Internet-style technology.
Aviation International News
Article Title: "ADS-B Program Wins Collier Trophy"
The MITRE Corporation was named among the recipients of the National Aeronautic Association's (NAA) 2007 Collier Trophy for its work on the development and initial implementation of the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B). ADS-B is "a ground-breaking effort for next-generation airborne surveillance and cockpit avionics," noted NAA chairman and Collier Selection Committee chairman Walter Boyne. "Its implementation will have a broad impact on the safety, capacity and efficiency of the National Airspace System." The annual award recognizes achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in the U.S. to improve the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles. MITRE was honored as a member of the ADS-B Team, which includes the public and private sector companies that worked for more than a decade to make ADS-B a reality.
Article Title: "MITRE Named to FORTUNE's '100 Best
Companies to Work For' List for Seventh Consecutive Year"
The MITRE Corporation ranked number 42 on FORTUNE's 2008 list of "100 Best Companies to Work For." The designation marks MITRE's seventh consecutive year on the magazine's annual list and represents a jump from number 60 in 2007. "Over the years, we have come to realize that our ranking in a given year is less important than what our inclusion on the list symbolizes—that MITRE is recognized as a company that is concerned about its employees and their work environment," said Alfred Grasso, MITRE's president and chief executive officer.
Article Title: "VATSIM/MITRE partnership"
MITRE's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) and the Virtual Air Traffic Simulation Network (VATSIM) have joined together to conduct aviation systems research using the VATSIM network as a test environment for proof of concept and hypothesis testing of new Air Traffic Control solutions.
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