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Request for Information (RFI) - Using Alternate Reality Environments to Help Enrich Research Efforts (UAREHERE)
Posted Date: March 11, 2013
Responses Due: April 19, 2013
RFI: Using Alternate Reality Environments to Help Enrich Research Efforts - PDF Format
This Request for Information (RFI) is issued to solicit information relevant to a possible future IARPA investment. Respondents are invited to provide comments on the content of this announcement to include suggestions for improving the scope of a possible solicitation to ensure that every effort is made to adequately address the scientific and technical challenges described below. Responses to this request may be used to support the development of, and subsequently be incorporated within, a future IARPA solicitation and therefore must be available for unrestricted public distribution. Neither proprietary nor classified concepts or information should be included in the responses. The following sections of this announcement contain details of the scope of technical efforts of interest, along with instructions for the submission of responses.
Background and Scope
IARPA is soliciting responses to this RFI in order to assess the extent to which Alternate Reality Environments (AREs)i, such as Alternate Reality Games (ARGs), may provide capabilities that allow for high-quality, externally valid social, behavioral and psychological research in near-realworld contexts.
This RFI invites interested parties to respond with ideas, approaches, and evidence that can address one, some, or all of the following questions:
Preparation Instructions to Respondents
IARPA solicits respondents to submit ideas related to this topic for use by the Government in formulating a potential IARPA investment (such as a program, seedlings, or a Grand Challenge). IARPA requests that submittals briefly and clearly describe the potential approach or concept, outline critical technical issues, and comment on the expected performance, robustness, and estimated cost of the proposed approach. This announcement contains all of the information required to submit a response. No additional forms, kits, or other materials are needed.
IARPA appreciates responses from all capable and qualified sources from within and outside of the U.S. Because IARPA is interested in an integrated approach, responses from teams with complementary areas of expertise are encouraged. Responses have the following formatting requirements:
1. A one page cover sheet that identifies the title, organization(s), respondent's technical and administrative points of contact - including names, addresses, phone and fax numbers, and email addresses of all co-authors, and clearly indicating its association with IARPA-RFI-13-03;
DISCLAIMERS AND IMPORTANT NOTES
This is an RFI issued solely for information and new investment planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation. Respondents are advised that IARPA is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received, or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. Respondents are solely responsible for all expenses associated with responding to this RFI. It is the respondents' responsibility to ensure that the submitted material has been approved for public release by the organization that funded or sponsored the referenced research.
The Government does not intend to award a contract on the basis of this RFI or to otherwise pay for the information solicited, nor is the Government obligated to issue a solicitation based on responses received. Neither proprietary nor classified concepts or information should be included in the submittal. Input on technical aspects of the responses may be solicited by IARPA from non-Government consultants/experts who are bound by appropriate non-disclosure requirements.
i AREs create an "alternate" reality out of the real world by using different media (e.g. print, cell phones, websites, augmented reality, etc.), to superimpose fictional narratives on physical reality. While AREs are constructed and communicated through multi-media, they involve having people accomplish tasks or interact with others using live actions in the physical world. In this way, research using AREs would presumably be different from research in "virtual worlds" (where tasks/interactions are entirely online), observational research (which may lack experimental control to test specific variables) and laboratory research (which may require subjects to come to a testing site that is clearly distinct from their daily experience of the world). For more on examples of existing AREs/ARGs, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternate_reality_game and http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/08/conspiracy-for-good-a-recap-of-an-arg-by-the-creator-of-heroes/ .
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