An intelligence community project that aims to unobtrusively assess the psychological well-being of its human employees is underway. Research teams from Lockheed Martin, the University of Memphis, the University of Southern California, the University of Notre Dame, and a joint venture of MITRE and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory received awards from the intelligence community’s research and development unit, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.


Geospatial imagery, facial recognition and other biometrics are driving the intelligence community’s research into artificial intelligence (AI). Other intelligence activities, such as human language translation and event warning, are also areas in which innovations are expected through academic and industry research programs. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is working toward breakthroughs in AI, through a number of research programs.

In July, neuroscientist Sebastian Seung and his collaborators finished an 18-month marathon task. Working with roughly a terabyte of data, his team used artificial intelligence to reconstruct all the neural wiring within a 0.001 cubic millimeter chunk of mouse cortex. ... His team is racing to complete the next stage of the project — they plan to expand their efforts a thousand-fold to reconstruct a cubic millimeter chunk of mouse cortex. Both maps are part of a multi-lab program called Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS), which is funded by Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the U.S. federal government’s intelligence research agency.

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) agency is looking for ground-based imaging technology powerful enough to clearly capture satellites in faraway geosynchronous earth orbit...


Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced today a multi-year research effort to develop and validate unobtrusive, passive, and continuously sensing methods to assess stable and dynamic psychological, cognitive, and physiological aspects of an individual.