IARPA in the News 2014



WHY: The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity doesn't want to be known as a shadowy spy funding shop that tasks academics with projects like measuring trust or compiling a database of metaphors in all languages. Or at least, that's not all they want to be known as. To make friends and influence people, IARPA is hosting its first-ever industry day, to be held over two days – Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.


The work took nearly four years to complete and it opens a fundamentally new direction in photonics – with far-reaching potential consequences for the control of photons in optical fiber channels.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have built the first 500 Gigahertz (GHz) photon switch. "Our switch is more than an order of magnitude faster than any previously published result to date," said UC San Diego electrical and computer engineering professor Stojan Radic. "That exceeds the speed of the fastest lightwave information channels in use today."



A new system for tracking weapons of mass destruction in the field, a project to put tablet devices in the hands of Peace Corps volunteers decamping overseas and a $6 billion effort to better secure the dot-gov domain.

Those are just some of the projects recognized Monday at the second annual Bold Awards.


A prototype graphene photodetector is capable of detecting terahertz frequencies quickly and at room temperature, possibly enabling a new generation of see-through imaging.

The device operates on the hot-electron photothermoelectric effect, making it “as sensitive as any existing room-temperature detector in the terahertz range and more than a million times faster,” according to Dr. Michael Fuhrer, a professor of physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Monash University in Australia.


The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to hold its first industry day since its founding in 2006.