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Carnegie Mellon inks master research agreement with Northrop Grumman around AI technologies


By David Schwartz
Published: November 5th, 2019

Carnegie Mellon University and defense and security tech giant Northrop Grumman Corp. have signed a master research agreement (MRA) that will help foster innovation between the two organizations. The deal also marks the start of several projects at CMU related to strategic, operational, and tactical emergency operations.

Northrop Grumman will be supporting CMU research focused on decision making, robotics, human-machine teaming and autonomy. “This research agreement will allow us to move faster to initiate research projects across the breadth of the combined experience of Northrop Grumman and CMU,” said Vern Boyle, the company’s vice president for advanced technologies.

The research agreement will accelerate Northrop Grumman’s ability to sponsor research projects with CMU, where it has been partnering in research for nearly a decade. Several of those projects are focused on humanitarian aid and disaster relief.

Northrop Grumman began its relationship with CMU in September 2010, when CMU joined as an inaugural member of the Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Research Consortium (NGCRC). The university has been conducting leading edge research via the NGCRC for over 25 Northrop Grumman sponsored projects in critical cybersecurity domains including network and data security, Internet-of-Things (IoT), wireless and cellular communications security, visualization of system anomalies, software security, blockchain, artificial intelligence and machine learning security, and other important areas.

“Having companies like Northrop Grumman sponsor research at CMU is an important component of how industry and universities partner to support the nation’s vibrant innovation ecosystem,” said J. Michael McQuade, CMU’s vice president for research. “Working together, we can accelerate the transformation of knowledge learned through basic research into applied commercial products.”

In addition to the MRA, Northrop Grumman will maintain its partnership with CMU’s CyLab, which is focused on cybersecurity research and developed some of the first practical applications of machine learning to detect network traffic malware in real-time.

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