As part of a new collaborative initiative in autonomy and robotics, MIT and Lockheed Martin engineers will focus on innovations needed to enable generation-after-next autonomous systems. Improvements in human/machine teaming and navigation in complex environments are among the research challenges that Lockheed Martin is inviting MIT faculty and their students to help solve.

A master agreement between MIT and Lockheed Martin, led by the Institute’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AeroAstro), and in collaboration with MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, was formalized on Friday at a signing ceremony on campus. It provides a multi-year framework between MIT and Lockheed Martin for collaborative research, exchange of visiting scientists, support of student Undergraduate Research Opportunities, fellowships, and internships at Lockheed Martin.

Initial research will be conducted by AeroAstro Professors Jonathan How, Nick Roy, Sertac Karaman, Julie Shah and Russ Tedrake and Mechanical Engineering Professor Sangbae Kim.