Best Paper and Best Invention Awards

BEST PAPER

2016

"Microhydraulic Electrowetting Actuators" by Dr. Jakub T. Kedzierski, Kevin Meng, Prof. Todd A. Thorsen, Dr. Rafmag Cabrera, and Dr. Shaun R. Berry, published in Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, vol. 25, no. 2, April 2016.

This paper was recognized for its analysis of and experimental measurements on a millimeter-scale microhydraulic actuator. The work demonstrated conversion of electrical energy to mechanical micro-motion with 68% efficiency, can be run in reverse, and opens up new opportunities in microrobotics, energy harvesting, and autonomy.

2015

"Broadband Magnetometry and Temperature Sensing with a Light-Trapping Diamond Waveguide," by Hannah A. Clevenson, Matthew E. Trusheim, Carson A. Teale, Dr. Danielle A. Braje, Dr. Tim Schröder, and Prof. Dirk R. Englund, published in Nature Physics Letters, vol. 11, 6 April 2015.

This well-written paper describes a novel light-trapping diamond waveguide geometry. Using optically detected magnetic resonance, the authors demonstrate orders of magnitude improvement in the magnetic field sensitivity of nitrogen-vacancy color centers. The work could significantly impact the building of small magnetometers, inertial sensors, and clocks.

"Multi-Aperture Digital Coherent Combining for Next-Generation Optical Communication Receivers," by Dr. Timothy M. Yarnall, Dr. David J. Geisler, Mark L. Stevens, Dr. Curt M. Schieler, Dr. Bryan S. Robinson, and Dr. Scott A. Hamilton, published in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Space Optical Systems, 2015.

This paper provides a clear discussion of coherent techniques that significantly improve the sensitivity of a high-speed space-ground optical link. The authors demonstrate that coherent combining of multiple signals can be implemented digitally with no penalty, despite phase and intensity changes that occur on millisecond time scales. The results may presage much-lower-cost space-ground links.

2014

"A Neural Network Retrieval Technique for High-Resolution Profiling of Cloudy Atmospheres," by Dr. William J. Blackwell and Dr. Adam B. Milstein, published in the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, vol. 7, no. 4, 2014.

This paper was selected for its well-motivated and detailed assessment of an improved technique for high-resolution analysis of atmospheric measurements.

2013

"Reciprocity-Enhanced Optical Communication Through Atmospheric Turbulence—Part I: Reciprocity Proofs and Far-Field Power Transfer Optimization" and "Part II: Communication Architectures and Performance," by Dr. Andrew L. Puryear, Prof. Jeffrey H. Shapiro (MIT), and Dr. Ronald R. Parenti, published in December 2012 and August 2013 in the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications and Networking.

2012

"Enhancing Large Urban Photo Collections with 3D Ladar and GIS Data," by Dr. Peter L. Cho and Prof. Noah Snavely (Cornell University), published in the International Journal of Remote Sensing Applications, vol. 3, no. 1, 2013.

This paper was recognized for originality, technical importance, and demonstration of a novel method for fusing multiple sources of data sensed remotely.

2011

"Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Therapeutics," by Dr. Todd H. Rider, Christina E. Zook, Tara L. Boettcher, Scott T. Wick, Jennifer S. Pancoast, and Benjamin D. Zusman, published in PLoS ONE, July 2011.

This paper was recognized for originality, technical importance, and the research’s potential to revolutionize antiviral treatment.

2010

"High-Pitch Formant Estimation by Exploiting Temporal Change of Pitch," by Dr. Thomas F. Quatieri and Tianyu T. Wang, published in IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech, and Language Processing, vol. 18, no. 1, 2010.

This paper was recognized for creativity, technical and seminal importance, and rigorous analysis in spectral-temporal processing and representation of speech.

2009

"Airspace Encounter Models for Estimating Collision Risk," by Dr. Mykel J. Kochenderfer, Matthew W. M. Edwards, Leo P. Espindle, Dr. James K. Kuchar, and J. Daniel Griffith, published in the AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, vol. 33, no. 2, 2010.

This paper showed originality, technical importance within its discipline, clarity and completeness of writing, and technical impact on a Lincoln Laboratory mission area. The paper promises to become a significant reference for future researchers in air traffic control.

BEST INVENTION

2016

Photonic Integrated Resonant Accelerometer, invented by Dr. Suraj Bramhavar and Dr. Paul W. Juodawlkis.

Substrate Containing Latent Vaporization Reagents, invented by Dr. Jude A. Kelley, Dr. Richard P. Kingsborough, Alla Ostrinskaya, and Dr. Roderick R. Kunz.

2015

Rapid and Precise Optically Multiplexed Imaging, invented by Dr. Yaron Rachlin, Dr. Tina Shih, Dr. R. Hamilton Shepard, and Vinay N. Shah.

2014

Offshore Precipitation Capability, invented by Dr. Mark S. Veillette, Dr. Haig Iskenderian, Dr. Marilyn M. Wolfson, Christopher J. Mattioli, Earle R. Williams, Eric P. Hassey, and Patrick M. Lamey.

2013

Digital Readout Method and Apparatus (better known as the Digital-Pixel Focal Plane Array), invented by Dr. Michael W. Kelly, Dr. Daniel L. Mooney, Curtis B. Colonero, Dr. Robert Berger, and Lawrence M. Candell.

2012

SHAMROCK: Self-Contained High-Assurance MicRO Crypto and Key-Management Processor, invented by Dr. Roger I. Khazan, Dr. Joshua I. Kramer, Daniil M. Utin, Dr. M. Michael Vai, and Dr. David J. Whelihan.

2011

External-Cavity One-Dimensional Multi-wavelength Beam Combining of Two-Dimensional Laser Elements, invented by Dr. Bien Chann, Dr. Tso Yee Fan, and Dr. Antonio Sanchez-Rubio.

2010

Liquid Crystal Thermal Imagers, invented by Dr. Robert K. Reich and
Harry R. Clark Jr.

2009

Multi-element Optical Detectors with Sub-wavelength Gaps, invented by Dr. Eric A. Dauler and Dr. Andrew J. Kerman of MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and Prof. Karl K. Berggren, Dr. Joel Yang, and Dr. Vikas Anant of MIT.

 

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