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 to be pursued include: 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
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
Chief Technology Ventures Officer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
The event is co-sponsored by MIT ROTC, MIT Security Studies Program, and the MIT Innovation Initiative