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Coming to you once a month, MITRE’s Tech Futures Podcast will discuss the impact of an emerging technology – all in the time it takes to walk your dog!


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Latest Episodes

Episode 22: Tracking Objects in Cislunar Space

How Kaitlyn Raub, an early career researcher at MITRE, has been focusing on the study and tracking of objects in the Cislunar space, and the benefits of her work to MITRE and our Sponsors. 

Hosted by Dr. Marcie Zaharee


Guests:  Kaitlyn Raub, Dr. Gabrielle Hedrick, Derek Ho, and Dr. Lesley Weitz


Previous Episodes

Episode 21: Exploring Bayesian Conformal Sets

This episode explores current research into the combining of two statistical methods – Bayesian Models and Conformal Prediction.  When used in tandem, this is called Bayesian Conformal Sets, which is helping stakeholders in high risk/safety critical scenarios evaluate risk and uncertainty when modeling.

Hosted by Patrick Hinson

 Guests:  Paul Scemama and Dr. Geoff Warner


Episode 20: MITRE on the international space station

Stefan Doucette has been worked on MITRE research that focuses on neuromorphic sensors on the International Space Station.


Hosted by Sonya Burroughs


Guests:  Stefan G. Doucette and Paul G. Hartman


Episode 19: Masked Image Modelings

In November of 2022 Chat GPT was released to the public. Since then it’s popularity has increased dramatically and it has about a hundred million users. This natural language processing tool has been hailed for its intelligence and usefulness by users. If a natural language processing tool could have such an amazing impact on how we learn, what would happen if we applied it to other types of data?

Hosted by Courtney Clark


Guests:  Dr. Liya Wang, Dr. Alex Tien, and Eliza Mace


Episode 18: NeRFs

The field of 3D rendering has come a long way from pure trigonometry, key point matching, and simple raytracing. A new family of algorithms called Neural Radiance Fields (NeRFs) combines classical rendering techniques with powerful Neural Networks to revolutionize missions in the fields of medicine, disaster relief, robotics, and beyond.

Hosted by Eliza Mace

Guests:  Dr. Eric Bianchi and Dr. Ryan Cinoman

Episode 17: TRUSTS

In March of 2020 millions of Americans went home on a Friday and didn’t return to the office Monday morning. What followed was months of figuring out society’s new normal. But what happened to critical industries like healthcare? Today, we’re going to talk about the TRUSTS Framework and hear real life examples in the healthcare and defense industry.

Hosted by Courtney Finn Clark

Guests:  Dr. Kelly Neville, Steve Dorton, Dr. FX Campion, and Scott Lee

Episode 16: Learning with Graphs

Looking for a way to infuse domain expertise into your big data analysis? Need a fresh way to look at a tricky problem? Give graph theory a try! Tune in to hear what kinds of problems graphs can help solve and how to induce a graph on your own dataset. As an added bonus, we’ll take a peek into graph neural networks (GNNs). Check out not just one, but TWO recent MITRE papers on graph theory and GNNs at

Hosted by Eliza Mace

Guests:  Dr. Elizabeth Hohman, Dr. James Tanis, and Dr. Joe Hoffman

Episode 15: Advanced Quantum Software Engineering

Want to dive even further into the details of quantum software engineering? In this follow-on to Episode 14, we delve into the principles of superposition, entanglement, and interference – all from the perspective of software engineering. Tune in and then check out guest speaker Richard Preston’s online course on quantum software development at

Hosted by Brinley Macnamara

Guests:  Richard Preston and Dr. Gen Clark

Episode 14: Quantum Software Engineering

Many believe we are on the precipice of building the world’s first scalable Quantum computer. But once they’re here, how will we write software for them?

Hosted by Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Richard Preston, Jen Orr

Episode 13: Microweather

Many of us are familiar with the so-called “macro-scale” effects of climate change. But how will climate change impact individual neighborhoods, streets, or your own backyard?

Hosted by Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Thijs Broer, Mike Robinson, Dr. Brian Pettegrew

Episode 12: Imitation Learning

How do humans learn new or complicated tasks? One possible way is by following a demonstration. What if we could train autonomous agents in the same way?

By Eliza Mace

Guests: Amanda Vu, Alex Tapley, Guido Zarella

Episode 11: Space Health

With the democratization of space travel underway, how will we balance the health risks of space with our species’ existential need to explore what lies beyond our little blue planet?

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Valerie Gawron, Linda Fischetti, Dr. Kris Rosfjord, Dr. Sybil Russell

Episode 10: Indistinguishability Obfuscation

Back in 2020, there was a quiet breakthrough in cryptography. For computer scientists, Indistinguishability Obfuscation is a game changer. But what will it mean for you and me?

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Moses Liskov, Dr. Stan Barr, George Roelke

Episode 9: Crossing Paths with Micromobility

The sudden appearance of ride share e-scooters ignited what some call a transportation revolution and what others call a disastrous experiment in unregulated mobility. So what’s behind our love hate relationship with the (in)famous e-scooter?

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Tracy Sanders, Dr. Craig Wanke, Elizabeth Karpinski

Episode 8: Millimeter Waves

As our cellular networks struggle to keep up with increasing demand, two researchers investigate the potential solution to this traffic congestion problem.

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Garry Jacyna, Dr. Bindu Chandna, Kevin Burke

Episode 7: Our Green Future

Just after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its sixth report detailing the dire threats of a warming climate, two MITRE engineers decide it’s time to clarify what a “greener” future will mean.

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Casey Corrado, Dr. Kris Rosfjord, Emily Holt

Episode 6: Delivering CRISPR

With the discovery of CRISPR-Cas9, we gained the ability to precisely alter the human genome overnight. But how close are we to using CRISPR to cure diseases like sickle cell anemia and HIV?

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Heath Farris, Dr. Sybil Russell, Dr. Shmona Simpson

Episode 5: Can we synthesize personality?

How do we go about designing personalities for machines? We asked the experts and their answers may surprise you.

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Beth Elson, Jeff Stanley, Dr. Ozgur Eris, Dr. Sarah Corley

Episode 4: Mechanical Metamaterials

Metamaterials may one day be used to create more resilient body armor, space vehicles, and invisibility cloaks. What will it take to bring metamaterials out of science fiction and into reality?

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. David Hurley, Casey Corrado, Dr. Kris Rosfjord, Dr. Dong-Jin (DJ) Shim

Episode 3: Our 6G Future

As the worldwide rollout of 5th Generation (5G) cellular networks picks up pace, a team of researchers is already looking towards 6G.

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Curtis Watson, Dr. Kelvin Woods, Jim Houchens

Episode 2: Securing our Genomes

With fast, cheap, and universally accessible full genome sequencing on the horizon, the race is on to secure our genomes—but is it possible that our insatiable appetite for information might hinder our ability to protect our most intimate datasets?

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Alex Perez, Frank Vasquez, Dr. Alice Isenberg

Episode 1: NASA at the Edge

Fresh off his PhD, a gifted engineer harnesses the power of Edge Computing to bring NASA onto the web.

By Brinley Macnamara

Guests: Dr. Nitin Naik, Mark Ambrefe, Michael Vincent