Built as part of the vision for a thriving innovation ecosystem in Southern Maryland, the MATRIX Lab’s research is centered on autonomous technologies, uncrewed systems, AI and machine learning—key to many of the central building blocks of future technology.

Housed in the 84,000 square foot Southern Maryland Autonomous Research and Technology (SMART) Building on the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland campus, the Maryland Autonomous Technologies Research Innovation and eXploration (MATRIX) Lab is the new hub for autonomous technologies and uncrewed systems research in Southern Maryland and builds on the established expertise of the university system’s research faculty, government scientists and engineers, and industry experts.

The MATRIX Lab is also part of the St. Mary's County AeroPark Innovation District which includes the University of Maryland’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, a leading research and innovation facility focused on the integration of drones into the national airspace and our daily lives, as well as St. Mary’s County Airport, along with numerous specialized aviation and aeronautical companies.

Additional collaborations with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division at NAS Patuxent River, MD; the Army Research Lab in Aberdeen, MD, the Chesapeake Bay Lab in Solomons, MD, and the Naval Surface Warfare Centers at Indian Head and Carderock round out the multi-domain approach the MATRIX Lab has to these technologies.

In addition, the MATRIX Lab offers students unprecedented access in the region to cutting-edge and emerging technologies and research opportunities that not only complements their classroom education, but also positions them to be at the forefront of tomorrow’s workforce.