Nov 14, 2017 5:30 PM
Michael Balazs
The State of Drone Technology
Dr. Michael A. Balazs serves as a Technology Integrator at MITRE, where he helps coordinate internal research and transition to the government. He also co-coordinates a portfolio of small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) programs. This work has grown into support to several counter-sUAS programs. Additionally, he leads research in non-traditional computational clusters.

He is known for the commercial-off-the-shelf ISR program. The program leverages the commercial smartphone industry as the core of an open and mobile ISR system built upon advanced manufactured (e.g., 3D printing) platforms that can both accommodate the ideal sensors and be rapidly redesigned to suit a changing operational environment. Systems support both government R&D and field operations.

Beyond helping to direct C-UAS strategy, he co-led the MITRE Challenge for Countering Unauthorized Aerial Systems. The Challenge evaluated technologies from around the world to identify solutions that could: 1) detect small drones and determine threats, and 2) interdict small UAS threats by forcing them to be recovered intact in a safe area. The results of the challenge are used both domestically and by foreign governments to direct R&D and inform policy.

His work has resulted in numerous awards and been featured in the Economist, WIRED Magazine, Fortune, and National Geographic’s Breakthroughs.

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