GCN

Researchers for the intelligence community want ideas on how to improve modeling and simulation of high-performance computing architectures and applications.... IARPA is asking for help with modeling and simulation research that can eventually tackle large-scale computational and data-analytic applications that run on HPC systems.

 

Axios

Four years ago, a team of researchers based at the University of Pennsylvania wowed the U.S. intelligence community by producing a superior new way to forecast geopolitical events. They were dubbed the "Superforecasters."

Driving the news: At a time the science of professional prognostication is sorely battered, the radical innovation arm of U.S. intelligence services is looking to best the UPenn team with a fresh big-money prize competition.

What's happening: IARPA, the research arm for the U.S. director of national intelligence, is offering $250,000 in prize money in a contest to forecast geopolitical events such as elections, disease outbreaks and economic indicators.

The Atlantic

...In 2005, [Philip] Tetlock published his results, and they caught the attention of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, a government organization that supports research on the U.S. intelligence community’s most difficult challenges. In 2011, IARPA launched a four-year prediction tournament in which five researcher-led teams competed. Each team could recruit, train, and experiment however it saw fit. Predictions were due at 9 a.m. every day. The questions were hard: Will a European Union member withdraw by a target date? Will the Nikkei close above 9,500? Tetlock, along with his wife and collaborator, the psychologist Barbara Mellers, ran a team named the Good Judgment Project.

 

GCN

With the rise of adversarial AI, government researchers are looking for ways to automatically inspect artificial intelligence and machine learning systems to see if they've been tampered with. [...] The Army Research Office and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity are investigating techniques to spot and stop these Trojans in AI systems. Given the impossibility of cleaning and securing the entire training data pipeline, the broad agency announcement for the TrojAI program is looking to develop software to automatically inspect AI and predict if it has a Trojan. [...] Initial concept papers are due May 31, and the highest ranked applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Read the full BAA here.

Biometric Update

The U.S. government’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is planning a pair of programs to prevent training data from being maliciously tampered with to turn artificial intelligence systems against their users.... One project, Trojans in Artificial Intelligence (TrojAI), seeks to create a warning system for machine-learning algorithm training data compromised by an adversary. That project was originally announced in December [2018], and industry has provided feedback on it. Details of the second project will be revealed in a draft announcement later this year, but [IARPA Director Stacey] Dixon said that it will focus on protecting the identity of people whose images have been used to train facial biometric algorithms.