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- Virtual Room Three-Dimensional Visualization Software (VRoom)—This is one of the first desktop room-based multimodal interface systems to use three-dimensional graphics.
- Image Regularization for Biometric Face Identification—Our biometric face ID system increases capabilities in the identification of faces from video sources. Current biometric face identification methods fail when used with low resolution images, for example, when faces are imaged either at a distance, or with a low-resolution imaging device, such as a cellphone or security camera. The complexity of images of moving human figures and faces presents additional problems for biometrics applications. This 'complex' motion cannot be adequately corrected with the current methods that use whole-image 2D affine transforms. The super-resolution approach overcomes this problem by aligning images locally, pixel by pixel. As a result, crisp edges, corners, and other features are much more clearly defined in the super-resolved version, despite complex motion in the video sequence.
- Multimodal Medical Data Capture and Representation—The Multimodal Medical Data Capture and Representation project enables the adoption of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems, especially in capturing and representing structured clinical information from unstructured data. To fully understand the workflow and requirements of EMR, a MITRE team evaluated medical Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) engines, Handwriting Recognition (HR) tools, and as open source EMR systems; interviewed doctors; and visited hospitals. The team established a baseline performance using existing technology, built training materials for ASR/HR, and designed a multimodal research prototype that will interpret and convert captured free speech and handwriting into standard expressions.
- MITRE Immersive Vision System (MIVS)—Telepresence technologies rely on sensory input and an advanced graphical interface to give the user the impression that he or she is actually inside a made-up environment. The MITRE Immersive Vision System (MIVS) integrates commercial components with software created by MITRE's scientists. It uses a commercial hemispherical digital camera system and a head-mounted display. An orientation sensor, is attached to the display tracks the position of the user's head while allowing the person to move around in any direction. A wireless signal is sent from the head-tracking device to the hemispherical camera on the robot to control its position.
- Aviation Safety Data Mining Workbench—This data mining tool identifies safety related trends and patterns to provide air safety officers with information needed to formulate appropriate corrective actions.
- Bioscope—MITRE developed Bioscope, a tool to facilitate visualization and analysis of large-scale disease outbreaks in temporal, social, phylogenetic, and geospatial dimensions in response to the pandemic preparedness community's need. Bioscope provides an analytic environment for segregated data sets for integrated analytic communities and scientific decision support for rapidly identifying disease trends and making informed public health decisions.
Communications and Networks
- Identity-Based Internet Protocol—MITRE's Identity-Based Internet Protocol (IBIP) is an innovative solution that drastically increases the security and resiliency of operational networks to enable delivery of critical mission capabilities in a cost-effective manner using largely existing infrastructure. MITRE is seeking licensees capable of developing commercial products based on IBIP.
- LocalEyes®—MITRE developed LocalEyes to improve communications during emergency situations. The technology allows standard cellular phones to collect field reports from users. With nothing more than a standard web browser, operators can rapidly create reporting applications. These applications are then "pushed" to the appropriate cellular phones running the LocalEyes client, and users can immediately begin capturing information (GPS position, photos, and video) and report back to the operations center.
- Multi-User Detection (MUD)—The need to move more data in less time via wireless links has resulted in an increasingly crowded radio-frequency spectrum. This MITRE-developed prototype processes multiple, simultaneous signals.
- Source Separation and Equalization for Interference-Limited Communications—MITRE is developing a receiver that can jointly separate, equalize, and decode arbitrary wideband signals within an asynchronous multiantenna multiple access channel. The receiver must separate common format signals for wireless network optimization and different format signals for eavesdropping applications. The target system will recover bit streams for all acquired signals of any type in the particular catalog.
- Quantum Information Science—The research is investigating the feasibility of achieving significant reductions in the size and weight of practical sensor hardware without compromising resolution. This possibility, discovered by the MITRE Quantum Information Science Group, relies on the exploitation of quantum mechanical effects in photons. The prospect of substantially reducing the size and weight of practical sensors would be of significant value to a broad spectrum of MITRE's customers.
- TurboFraud—Our TurboFraud software dramatically improves the efficiency and accuracy of forensic auditing. It can reduce fraud through consistent monitoring of corporate financial data and alerting of potentially fraudulent tactics. TurboFraud uses an algorithm to identify anomalies in financial data that indicate possible manipulation tactics, determines which potential fraud tactic may have caused the anomalies, and calculates a score to measure the likelihood that manipulation has occurred. TurboFraud's accuracy far exceeds that of human auditors when analyzing similar cases. Detailed auditing is still required to investigate suspicions raised by the system, but TurboFraud serves as a highly effective sentinel.
- Information Warfare Visualization (IWViz)—The Information Warfare Visualization (IWViz) software prototype provides an interactive three-dimensional (3D) capability that enhances user perception of defensive information warfare (DIW) data for decision making and situation awareness purposes.
- Nanotubes for Small Antennas—Small wireless sensors sense the environment, with demand anticipated to increase dramatically. While sensor circuitry keeps shrinking, a corresponding reduction in antenna size leads to shorter communication range due to low antenna efficiency/gain. More power is needed or conversely, the antennas can be tuned with a lossy matching network. Low loss antenna matching networks are needed for small wireless sensors.
Enterprise and Systems Architecture
- Adapting Venture Capital Concepts to Enterprise System Acquisitions—The goal of this research is to contribute a strategic, forward-looking view of enterprise systems acquisition. Specifically, the research is exploring venture capital (VC) approaches and determines whether and how they can be used to improve the acquisition of enterprise systems in the federal arena, and to develop and pilot elements or an enterprise systems acquisition model.
- Modeling Environment for Service-Oriented Architecture Analysis (MESA)—MITRE's Modeling Environment for Service Oriented Architecture Analysis (MESA) is designed to assist in Performance Engineering (PE) practices for Service-Oriented Architectures (SOA). MESA addresses PE challenges, such as how to plan and construct a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). It also offers capacity planning for SOA deployment. It allows models of SOA infrastructure to be integrated with other models, such as business/user process models.
Human Language Technology
- Translingual Instant Messaging (TrIM)—Translingual Instant Messaging (TrIM) was developed as a research tool for experimenting with machine translation. The MITRE prototype is a communications tool that provides automatic language translation services for instant messaging users.
- Quick International Character Recognition (QUICR)—Limited technology currently exists for recognizing offline handwritten Arabic. The number of documents to be translated far exceeds the manpower available to process them quickly. MITRE is assembling technology solutions for digitizing, translating, and triaging the data so that we can deliver high-priority documents to analysts more rapidly.
- Exploit Latent Information to Counter Insider Threats (ELICIT)—Our ELICIT System (Exploit Latent Information to Counter Insider Threats) was a prototype designed to help analysts investigate malicious insiders—insiders who operate within their privileges, but outside the scope of their duties. Detecting malicious insiders is challenging problem and very different from detecting intruders. ELICIT examines data events, returns alerts, computes a threat score, and presents this information to the user/analyst. Detecting insiders requires detecting human behavior, only some of which occurs on hosts and networks. ELICIT provides contextual information and tracks how individuals access and manipulate information—critical for detecting insider threats.
- Automated Worm Detection and Response System (AWDRS)—Our Automated Worm Detection and Response System (AWDRS) is an innovative worm detection technology that can make networks more secure and less susceptible to attacks. Its sensitive and accurate detection capability detects worms in real-time, quarantines them to limit damage, and responds in near real-time instead of hours later. If an attack occurs, effective countermeasures can be deployed rapidly by AWDRS to minimize spread.
- Honeyclient—Our honeyclient technology proactively detects attacks on client software without the use of signatures to detect attacks. Honeyclients are systems that drive a piece of potentially vulnerable client software to potentially malicious sites, then monitor system behavior for indications of compromise. The honeyclient technology can benefit any organization's threat report and advanced warning capabilities, and protect against compromises. A distributed honeyclient system increases effectiveness by allowing individual clients to report back to a central repository and obtain additional workloads.
- Voice Signature (Voice Sig)—MITRE has developed a biometric approach for electronic document signing, which is the functional equivalent of a traditional handwritten signature.
- Biotoken—Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) can be used to speed processing at U.S. ports of entry by enabling customs officials to pre-fetch information about travelers. However, for this approach to be accepted, concerns regarding security, privacy, authentication, and cost must be addressed. MITRE envisions a mobile device that meets border management's security, privacy, and authentication objectives—a reasonably priced mobile device that combines proven security solutions with biometric functionality. To support this goal of providing border management with a complete solution, MITRE developed software, which was embedded into a customized piece of hardware that was manufactured by a third-party vendor.
- Encrypted Dynamic Privacy for RFID—MITRE enhances security and privacy for users of RFID tags in portal access applications. We will provide a standard RFID tag that changes ID numbers regularly without losing the association between the tag and its authorized user. Among candidates for use of this technology are border management programs such as US-VISIT, Free and Secure Trade, NEXUS, and Transportation Worker Identification Credential.
Investment Strategies and Operational Analysis
- Software Quality Assessment Exercise (SQAE)—This is a methodology and process for repeatable assessment of software life cycle quality risks, such as maintainability, evolvability, and portability. The no-cost license includes some training materials and a software toolkit.
- User Request Evaluation Tool (URET)—The User Request Evaluation Tool (URET) was developed by MITRE's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) to assist air traffic controllers with timely detection and resolution of predicted problems.
Modeling and Simulation
- Airspace Alerting and Avoiding (A3)—This technology alerts pilots to areas of temporary flight restrictions and assists them in revising a flight path to avoid restricted air space.
- Terminal Area Route Generation and Traffic Simulation (TARGETS)—TARGETS is a terminal area navigation (RNAV) procedure implementation tool that offers a unique combination of capabilities for RNAV procedure design, flyability assessment, and ATC service provision, and operator evaluation and familiarization of these procedures through simulation.
- Converging Runway Display Tool (CRDA)—This MITRE-developed project, the Converging Runway Display Tool (CRDA), is an automation aid for air traffic controllers. It allows users to precisely establish and maintain a stagger distance between two aircraft approaching on different runways.
Sensors and Environment
- Optically Sensed Tags—MITRE is developing optically sensed tags based on induced chemical interactions and emissions for detecting low concentrations of chemicals and materials over a range of standoff distances. Often these materials are difficult to detect, because they are present in very low concentrations and exist in complicated environments. The tagging mechanisms developed will leverage existing related technologies used for chemical-specific sensing.
- Universal Access Transceiver Beacon Radio (UBR)—MITRE has developed a small, lightweight, low-power Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) transmitter based on the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) technology MITRE developed in the mid 1990s. We refer to this radio technology as the UAT Beacon Radio or UBR Technology. We see the UBR Technology having potential applicability to improving visual acquisition of small unmanned aircraft systems, general aviation aircraft without engine-generated electrical systems, hang-gliders and balloons operating in visual meteorological conditions in low altitude airspace. MITRE is offering an intellectual property license for the UBR Technology to interested U.S. based companies on a non-exclusive basis.