IARPA in the News 2016

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University is embarking on a five-year, $12 million research effort to reverse-engineer the brain, seeking to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain's learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans....The research project, led by Tai Sing Lee, a professor in the Computer Science Department and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), is funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) through its Machine Intelligence From Cortical Networks (MICrONS) research program.

CIO

Teaching computers to learn the way we do is widely considered an important step toward better artificial intelligence, but it's hard to achieve without a good understanding of how we think. With that premise in mind, a new $12 million effort launched Wednesday with aims to "reverse-engineer" the human brain....The project is funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) through its Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) research program, which is working to advance President Obama's BRAIN Initiative.

EurekAlert

(Boston) - The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced a cross-institutional consortium to map the brain's neural circuits with unprecedented fidelity. The consortium is made possible by a $21 million contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) and aims to discover the brain's learning rules and synaptic 'circuit design', further helping to advance neurally-derived machine learning algorithms.

Inverse

If artificial intelligence really will transform the world as many experts think it will, then it’s a good bet to start investing now. So it comes as little surprise to hear that Harvard University applied for and won a $28 million grant to pour into a five-year A.I. study. The surprise, however, is where the money is coming from: the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, an organization under the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Harvard

Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Center for Brain Science (CBS), and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology have been awarded over $28 million to develop advanced machine learning algorithms by pushing the frontiers of neuroscience.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) funds large-scale research programs that address the most difficult challenges facing the intelligence community.