Research & Development (R&D)
LMI continually enhances its capabilities by conducting a robust R&D program that includes both internally-funded explorations and research partnerships with our government clients. R&D projects are focused on helping our customers prepare for future challenges, with emphasis on LMI’s core offering areas: advanced analytics, digital services, logistics, and management advisory services. Innovation concepts feed our multi-year research roadmap, with key challenges drawn from our employees’ deep understanding of the Defense, Homeland Security, National Security, and Health domains. Our internal ideation portal – IdeaLab – fosters and rewards this culture of innovation within LMI, and drives our success in addressing the government’s most difficult challenges.
LMI's Technology Accelerator
Forge™ builds scalable technology solutions for our customers. We leverage agile methods and human-centered design for our offering development to rapidly deliver technology solutions that facilitate connections with the federal market and engage users. With LMI Forge™, customers have improved efficiency and delivery time, high-quality and sophisticated technical solutions, high-caliber talent, and scalable and reusable technology.
The LMI Fellows Program
The LMI Fellows Program recognizes LMI employees who have a demonstrated track record of sustained success in addressing our clients’ most difficult challenges. These innovators are sought both internally and externally for their deep domain knowledge, extensive breadth of experience, and world-class technical leadership. The LMI Fellows serve as thought leaders on our client-facing engagements, but also serve internally as mentors for LMI’s next generation of innovators.
Through the LMI Research Institute’s Academic Programs, LMI has extensive relationships with and access to university centers, applied research labs, institutes, and academics to help provide insight to support U.S. government clients. LMI has strong working relationships with 53 universities, which include16 minority serving institutions (MSI), on over 68 current contracts and future opportunities in LMI’s Defense & Space, Health & Civilian, Homeland Security, and Intelligence markets.
LMI has specifically five academic (research) partners where LMI sponsors research project in support of the LMI prototype, offering, and capability development. LMI invests financially in combined research projects with these academic partners to help solve some of the government’s toughest scientific and technology challenges. These research projects provide academic rigor to LMI’s IR&D efforts. LMI-sponsored academic research projects for 2021 include supply chain resilience, natural language processing (NLP), machine learning(ML), artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), autonomous vehicle, energy, and climate change. LRI selects academic partners through an annual competitive funding process. Once funding has been awarded, LRI collaborates with partners to ensure projects can be applied directly to challenges facing the federal government.
Academic and Subject Matter Experts
To gain diversity of thought, LMI seeks out a variety of academic (AEs) and subject matter experts (SMEs). These experts augment LMI’s SMEs, allowing for a more comprehensive, research-based view of a given topic or challenge. LMI has developed tools and technologies to identify the current and most relevant subject matter experts in their field using the LMI Forge™ rapid prototyping process. The latest is LMI’s Academic Expert Identification (AEI) prototype. This tool utilizes NLP and AI to more easily find and select relevant academic and subject matter experts in designated fields of study.