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Emerging Technology Center

At the Emerging Technology Center, we describe our work as “making the recently possible mission-practical.” We help the government stay on the leading edge of technology by identifying, demonstrating, extending, and applying new technologies to meet critical government needs. We promote government awareness and knowledge of these emerging technologies and their application, in addition to shaping and leveraging academic and industrial research.

What We Do

We currently work in the fields of advanced computing, applied artificial intelligence and machine learning, and human-machine interaction—areas that are changing and progressing rapidly. Specific projects deal with predictive analytics, visualization, cyber intelligence, graph analytics, dynamic network defense, augmented and virtual reality, extraction of biometric traits from video and audio, and robot explainability.

Advanced Computing

Harness the power of high-performance computing for big data tasks and set standards for evaluating large-scale machine learning platforms.

Scaling Through Collaboration

As a division of the Software Engineering Institute, we are uniquely positioned to bring together the research of academia, the creativity of industry, and the mission of government. Not only do we collaborate with software engineering and cybersecurity experts at the SEI, we also seek and maintain strong collaborations throughout academia, industry, and government. These collaborations enable us to scale the impact of our work. Our collaborators include faculty and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, Indiana University, Florida Institute of Technology, the startup community, experts from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the U.S. Intelligence Community.


Matthew Gaston

Director, SEI AI Division | Director, SEI Emerging Technology Center