The University of Virginia School of Engineering announced an extension of the partnership between Leidos and the Link Lab, UVA Engineering’s 17,000-square-foot cyber-physical systems research incubator.
Leidos, a global science and technology company, was the first affiliate to join the Link Lab academia-industry partnership program, which launched in 2018. Through the partnership, Leidos—with vast experience honed from work across civil, defense, health and intelligence markets—has been an active part of discussions with Link Lab’s cyber-physical systems researchers, and helped create career paths for engineers with multidisciplinary training who are poised to lead the Internet of Things and autonomy industries as well as supporting educational initiatives like mentoring programs and technology clubs.
“We’re excited about our partnership with the Link Lab, a breakthrough center of cyber-physical system expertise,” Mike Raker, Vice President and Director of Software at Leidos, said. “Research happening in the Link Lab has importance for translating innovation and technology to the real world and building the future workforce.”
Leidos is a recognized leader in cybersecurity, with more than 2,900 cybersecurity certifications across the corporation and over 30 years of experience defending global cyber interests and protecting some of the world’s most critical assets.
UVA launched the Link Lab with a mission to catalyze innovation in cyber-physical system technologies that broadly benefit society. Since its founding in 2016, the Link Lab has attracted $62 million in research funding.
In the Link Lab, faculty and graduate students from the disciplines of civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering and systems engineering collaborate on multidisciplinary research projects to develop cyber-physical systems technologies in the areas of autonomous systems, smart and connected health, smart cities and hardware for the Internet of Things.
UVA Engineering has a history of collaborating with industry partners to share academic research that provides valuable insights for the translation of ideas into real-world applications.
“Cross-cutting collaborations between academic researchers and industry technology leaders leverages core competencies that will help transform the IoT and autonomy industries,” said Travis Hite, program director of the Link Lab. “Partnering with Leidos accelerates our ability to make the world a safer place with cyber-physical system solutions.”