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Building Policy-Aware Research Test Beds: Lessons from Laboratory Development for Optical Neuroimaging

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Technical Report

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge United States

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In academia, the term research test bed evokes many ideas, each specific to its own field. The overarching idea of a test bed, however, is a space, whether physical or simulated, where something in development is evaluated in some way. This could apply to a yard for the development of a child, a pitch for the evaluation of soccer cleats, or a simulated market for a model of economic understanding. For the purposes of this thesis, the qualifier research is used to extract the subset of test beds that pertain to the advancement of knowledge in the empirical disciplines, such as science and engineering. Charles Plott defines this subset of test bed purposes being to determine if the process can be implemented and how it works once it is implemented 1. This thesis will focus on research test beds for technological development, but the means by which the lessons learned can be applied to broader practices in science and policy will be explored in depth.

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  • Optical Detection and Detectors
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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