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A Message from the CTO

From chatbots to generated images and voices, in the past year generative artificial intelligence (AI) has permeated the general consciousness, manifesting in applications and demonstrations in our day-to-day lives. Generative AI’s potential to transform the mission has inspired interest across the national security enterprise. As part of our research portfolio, generative AI is just one of several emerging technologies that the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (CMU SEI) enables the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to harness in a trustworthy, responsible, timely, and affordable manner. The curiosity that drives us to apply novel technologies to enable future missions in defense and national security is the cornerstone of the CMU SEI’s research in software and cybersecurity.

Each of our projects starts with curiosity about a problem facing the DoD. As a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), the CMU SEI is uniquely positioned to leverage our deep cross-disciplinary technical experience and expertise to develop recommendations, processes, and technologies to best serve the mission of our sponsors and customers. This year’s Research Review theme, Cultivating Curiosity, highlights the spirit of inquiry that drives our researchers to ask questions, evaluate existing practices, and seek creative approaches to addressing the most pressing software, cybersecurity, and AI challenges faced by the DoD.

At the 2023 Research Review, our researchers will detail how they are cultivating curiosity and moving our research into practice. You can expect thought-provoking discussions, in-depth technical analyses, and explorations into the potential that unfolds when curiosity drives innovation. Through expert panel discussions, learn how our collaborations have helped us to rapidly move research into practice, channeling the spark of curiosity to develop practical solutions.

This website highlights selected projects from our portfolio of publicly releasable DoD-sponsored research presented at the 2023 CMU SEI Research Review. These projects include recently concluded work and work that continues in our research pipeline to take innovations from concept to development, through collaborations with the DoD, the USG, academia, and the private sector.

I hope you enjoy reading about CMU SEI’s fiscal 2023 research efforts and that the following pages demonstrate the transformational change made possible by our work. I invite you to read more about the SEI’s cross-disciplinary work in CEO Dr. Paul Neilsen’s SEI Blog post, Synergy Among Engineering Disciplines: Software, Cybersecurity, and AI. I also invite you to view videos of the 2023 Research Review, which you can find at the SEI YouTube channel.

We stand by to work with you to help you make a difference, and we encourage you to contact us at

Chief Technology Officer, Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute