IARPA in the News 2016

The Washington Post

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was created to coordinate the high-risk, high-reward research programs that tackle some of the intelligence community’s most difficult problems. Because of the uncertainty inherent in its work, most of the projects have a “less than 50 percent probability of success,” according to IARPA’s director. To mitigate risk, the team builds what they call “incremental gates” – stopping points...

Quanta

An ambitious new program, funded by the federal government’s intelligence arm, aims to bring artificial intelligence more in line with our own mental powers. Three teams composed of neuroscientists and computer scientists will attempt to figure out how the brain performs these feats of visual identification, then make machines that do the same. “Today’s machine learning fails where humans excel,” said Jacob Vogelstein, who heads the program at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).

MSU Today

As you’re updating your cover photo on Facebook or plotting your next trip using Google Maps, probably the last thing on your mind is how much computer memory and energy you’re using. But it’s uppermost on the minds of scientists and researchers who work in the energy field. In a research project funded through the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity organization, several Michigan State University researchers, as well as scientists from Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., developed a superconducting magnetic memory element that has greatly reduced heat generation and power consumption compared to conventional alternatives.

The Varsity

While calculators can be helpful when tackling some math equations, they can’t compete with the complex thought processes of humans — at least, not yet. Dr. Richard Zemel and Dr. Raquel Urtasun of U of T’s Computer Science Department are trying to speed that research along; the two are working to build computers to think more like humans when it comes to processing data.

ExecutiveBiz

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has issued a broad agency announcement to acquire ideas for the development of quantum annealing methods to solve complex optimization problems in enterprise operation.