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Learn about the latest discoveries happening at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories, from published papers and conference presentations, to feature stories about our people and research programs.


Could Machines Help End Dropped Calls?

Have you ever tried to make a phone call during an emergency or big celectration, but the call doesn't go through?

Lockheed Martin engineers are on the case, applying their knowledge in machine learning to the radio frequency spectrum.


Understanding the World’s Megacities with Cutting Edge Tools

Megacities – cities with a population greater than 10 million – are increasingly emerging, with over three dozen in the world today. Trying to manage the expansion of megacities presents challenges for governments, businesses and policymakers.

Lockheed Martin is developing new technologies to understand the inner workings of these massive cities and predict the impact of events and actions on them.



Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Adaptive Communications Jamming

During an airborne test series, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) demonstrated the capability of a cognitive electronic warfare (CogEW) system that learns to dynamically counter adaptive communications threats.

The technology provides the warfighter with increased capability to counter new or advanced threats which can quickly adapt or change its electronic profile.








The Magic of Materials Science—It's Math

Want a plane that can heal itself in flight? Want a phone that can charge itself from sunlight? Want clean water anywhere in the world?

Today’s materials play a big role in the development of tomorrow’s technologies. An object’s usability, affordability and predictability are all determined by the materials and processes that create it. 



Build Your Own Robot

Learn how to create a robot like the ones in the "Robotic Exploration of the Next Frontier" booth at the USA Science and Engineering Festival 2016.  



Lockheed Martin's Integrated Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS) Program Records 10,000 Dataset Download

The ICEWS team recently achieved a major program milestone - the program recorded 10,000 downloads of their dataset from the Harvard Dataverse.









Predictive Analytics: Lockheed Martin Open Source Data Helps Researchers Forecast Global Unrest

Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories recently gave key information about world events that took place over the last 20 years to the Harvard Dataverse Network to help researchers analyze social unrest and political instability around the world.

The digitized and coded world history includes 15 million unique events extracted from 23 million news stories published between March 1995 and March 2014.


Could Cognitive Computing Eliminate Weak Wi-Fi?

Ever experienced a dropped call or weak Wi-Fi signal? You're not alone. It's certainly irritating when you try to make a call or send a text message only to see it stall for seconds or minutes.  With all of the devices looking for a channel, we’ve run out of room on the spectrum. Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories has been researching radio frequency allocation for more than a decade.



The Cognitive Exoskeleton: How Technology Can Be Used to Improve the Human Condition

Over the last decade, the amount of data available to help us build models of the world has grown exponentially. We are increasingly connecting our home devices, and even ourselves, to the Internet and uploading data into the cloud.

So, what will we do with all of this data? Researchers at Lockheed Martin think they have the answer.


Four Technologies Required for Robots of the Future

A universe where robots walk freely among people might sound like science fiction. But someday, thanks to creative scientists and engineers, our world may contain autonomous or semi-autonomous robots working with people, helping us do tasks that are better suited for machines.

What technology will it take to get us there? Engineers believe it comes down to mastery of the four Ps: Perception, Processing, Power and Planning.



Robotics Workshop Inspires Students with STEM

Engineers at Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) have discovered the formula to getting students interested in science and engineering. Games + robots + loving what you do for a living results.

Employees spent five fall Saturdays volunteering at the Annual Robotics Workshop, working with close to 40 middle school students from Pennsauken, Maple Shade and Cherry Hill, N.J. 

The workshop teaches students basic computer programming and engineering principles.




The Next Great Leap in Robotics

Scientists and engineers believe robotics could be the key to solving many of our most difficult problems, from deep space and deep sea exploration, to delicate surgery and mitigating natural disasters. Robotics also has potential to help us in our everyday lives.

So what will push us even further toward that next great leap in robotics? Researchers at Lockheed Martin believe there are four driving factors.



Four Fantastic Materials Science Principles in Action

Materials science is at the core of many superhero powers, including those exhibited by Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four—elasticity, invisibility, super strength and thermodynamics.

While becoming invisible or changing your shape may seem like science fiction, the principles driving these abilities are very real—and, in fact, are already being applied by scientists every day.

As research into materials science continues to expand, industries around the world will benefit from an entire new set of solutions available at their fingertips—whether it is developing more efficient power sources, redesigning airplanes or traveling even deeper into space.



A Real Superhero Suit? Lockheed Martin Experts Weigh In

With the speed of a hypersonic aircraft, rocket power of a launch vehicle, strength of an armored truck and data-processing power of a supercomputer, today’s superheroes have captured the imagination of millions of fans from every corner of the globe.

While there may be no greater fantasy than superhuman powers and out-of-this world technology, if you think the idea of creating a real superhero suit is pure science fiction, think again.

Every day, Lockheed Martin scientists are making new discoveries in fields like nanotechnology, kinetics, lightweight materials and autonomy – all essential powers for the superhero of tomorrow. So, we asked our technologists: Is a real superhero suit science fact or science fiction?