ISN Director John Joannopoulos with Josué Lopez, Jamison Sloan, and Samuel Kim of winning team Orasis, CCDC Commanding General MG Cedric Wins, and MIT Lincoln Lab Director Eric Evans
The winners of the 2019 ISN-LL Soldier Design Competition, the Finals of which were held at the MIT Media Lab on April 30, 2019, were MIT team Orasis. The team, consisting of PhD candidates Josué Lopez, Jamison Sloan, and Samuel Kim, is developing a chip-scale LIDAR sensor that will ultimately be much lighter, smaller, and substantially less expensive than current state-of-the-art systems, while also being more reliable due to a lack of moving parts. The sensor can potentially be used in several types of autonomous systems including drones, robots, and air and ground vehicles. Orasis beat out a field of 11 other teams from MIT and West Point to take home the $5000 First Prize and bring the ISN-LL SDC Trophy back to Cambridge.