Accelerating Innovation: University, U.S. Military, & Private Sector Partnerships

Thursday, May 06, 2021 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Virtual Event

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.

Join a panel discussion to explore:

  • How have these partnerships worked in general?
  • How much have they changed the way defense innovation operates in practice?
  • What has been…and what should be MIT’s role?




L. Rafael Reif
President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


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


Eric Schmidt
Co-Founder, Schmidt Futures
Chairman of the U.S. National Security Commission forArtificial Intelligence

Former CEO & Chairman of Google
Former Chairman of the Department of Defense’s Innovation Board

Daniela 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
MIT Director, USAF-MIT AI Accelerator 

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

Col Tucker “Cinco” Hamilton
USAF Director, USAF-MIT AI Accelerator 




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MIT ROTC        MIT Security Studies Program        MIT Innovation Initiative

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