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Accelerating Innovation: University, U.S. Military, and Private Sector Partnerships
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This webinar took place May 6, 2021. 

It is now available for viewing on SSP's YouTube channel.






The way the military has approached partnering for technological innovation has changed significantly over the last 5+ years. In order to tap into rapid advances made in consequential areas such as Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, the DoD and military services have turned to commercial/startup inspired models.  These changes comprise a new innovation landscape that includes many partnerships among academics, the US military, and the private sector. Many of the new organizations emerging in this new landscape are connected to MIT.

The core questions pursued during this talk included: How have these partnerships worked in general?  How much have they changed the way defense innovation operates in practice? What has been MIT’s role, and what should be MIT’s role?

Introductory Comments: MIT President Rafael Reif
President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Moderator: Gene Keselman, Executive Director of the MIT Innovation Initiative
Executive Director, MIT Innovation Initiative
IMA to the Director, USAF-MIT AI Accelerator


Eric Schmidt
Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures
Former CEO & Chairman of Google
Former Chairman of the Department of Defense’s Innovation Board

Daniella Rus
Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Deputy Dean of Research for Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT
USAF Director, USAF-MIT AI Accelerator 

Major General Jonathan Woodson
Director, Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy, Boston University
Army Reserve Medical Command Commanding General

Bernadette Johnson
Chief Technology Ventures Officer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Tucker Hamilton
USAF Director, USAF-MIT AI Accelerator 


Webinar is now available for viewing on SSP's YouTube Channel.

This event was co-sponsored by MIT ROTC, MIT Security Studies Program, and the MIT Innovation Initiative