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Extracting Facts from Hardcopy using AI

Forms, filings, hardcopy, transcripts. There are many examples of useful documents that are archived in various government agency systems that are typically not in usable condition – that is, usable for the automation of business intelligence solutions. Material that has been scanned from hardcopy or filed as structured forms (e.g., PDF) will often contain information useful to one mission area or another, but only when such documents are fully digitized, complete with metadata, and exploited by the right analysts and experts.

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Supporting Underrepresented Founders

Founding a startup is challenging, but even more so when the founders are women or people of color. They receive just a fraction of venture capital funds. The root causes of this dearth of access to capital are many, including systemic (gender and racial bias) and cultural/social (women are less likely to ask for funding than men). Envision, a virtual accelerator program, is working to combat these ills.

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Addressing Health Equity and Improving Access to Care

MITRE’s Bridging Innovation team is excited to announce another year partnering with MassChallenge HealthTech (MCHT)!  MCHT is an innovation accelerator that specializes in pairing entrepreneurs with industry champions to provide start-ups with a range of advisory and financial supports to help them succeed in their line of business.

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Evaluating Assurance of Autonomous Vehicles

Robots are increasingly playing an important role in applications ranging from manufacturing and construction to surgical robotics. Due to the critical nature of many applications, it is important for the industry to accelerate developing solutions and good practices that address cybersecurity for robotics.

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Mentoring in the Innovation Ecosystem: Michael Balazs

When Michael Balazs, chief futurist at MITRE, became the Charlottesville site leader, he wanted to grow the interactions with the local community to ensure MITRE delivers the best solutions for our government sponsors. He specifically focused on growing the autonomy work program and always looking for the latest technology to give us an edge. 

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Accelerating the Readiness of Augmented and Virtual Reality for Mass Deployment

Emerging technologies that are unlike anything that came before, are often dismissed as a toy – a temporary novelty with high entertainment value for consumers, but with little practical business use. Very few examples fit that description better than Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR). Through our work with our government sponsors, there are ample opportunities to apply AR/VR technology towards solving complex problems, and MITRE’s Bridging Innovation plays a key role expediting them.

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Rethinking Topology Optimization through Iterative Design Cycles with Pareto

Designing and manufacturing parts with a straightforward goal, for instance, to be lightweight and provide the greatest strength with available materials at a reasonable cost can be a fairly uncomplicated endeavor. Add a goal of improved heat transfer in a multiple load scenario and the complexity of the manufacturing challenge grows enormously, with the ability to design and evaluate parts becoming time- and cost-prohibitive.

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Fostering Dialogue for Robotics in Defense

Drones autonomously launched and recovered from a moving vehicle.  Underwater autonomous platforms and sensors.  Moving target robots for live fire training.  Mixed Reality for improving accuracy of aircraft engine maintenance.  Drones that look like a donut and can...

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Engaging in the Innovation Ecosystem – Virtually!

A completely virtual startup accelerator. This would not have been imaginable until March 2020 when COVID-19 began spreading rapidly and new phrases such as “social distancing” and “fashionable face mask” were introduced. The whole world had to pivot, including...

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Space Technologies Companies Blast Off

“Buckle up and get ready to blast off with some eye-opening solutions that promise to be game changers for space, that really reach for the stars and beyond.” With that introduction from lead mentor Lt Col J.J. Snow, chief technologist of AFWERX, the Techstars...

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Demystifying Defense Acquisition for Startups

Is the thought of doing business with the Department of Defense enticing? Does it also make your head spin?! It’s true there are a lot of nuances that can be confusing, and in some cases conflicting, but it is possible to understand how to find and pursue...

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MassChallenge HealthTech (MCHT) Impact Report 2020

We believe solving massive challenges in healthcare is possible when the world’s best startups and industry leaders work together. MassChallenge HealthTech (MCHT) accelerates healthcare innovation by matching top digital health startups with industry-leading strategic...

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Drone Working Group Established

Creating a common voice for the Massachusetts drone community In support of MassRobotics, the Bridging Innovation team was the founding sponsor of their Drone Working Group (DROWG).  The DROWG vision is to be a common voice for the Massachusetts drone community. Its...

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Democratizing Innovation through ITK Workshops

Bridging Innovation frequently partners with MITRE’s Innovation Toolkit (ITK) team – also known as “Team Toolkit” – to train our employees, government sponsors, and startups learn how to be innovative and jumpstart the innovation process. Using the user-centered...

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