IARPA in the News 2017

GCN

For all the news coverage of facial recognition technology, it's currently just not that good. “Traditionally, face recognition software has worked very well on what I would call highly controlled photos,” said Chris Boehnen, a program manager with the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. Those would include pictures where the subject is looking at the camera and where there is good lighting, like a drivers license, visa or mugshot picture.

 

Military & Aerospace

U.S. government researchers are asking for industry's help in developing power-efficient cables to transmit fast data from cryogenic-temperature environments to room temperature without overburdening the system's demand for electrical energy. Officials of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington issued a draft broad agency announcement on Tuesday (IARPA-BAA-18-02) for the SuperCables project.

 

The Cipher Brief

Quantum computing and other technologies, which seek to exploit the bizarre behaviors of particles at the microscopic quantum level, have the potential to revolutionize computing, sensor systems, and a wide array of other information systems. As this theoretical field nears practical implementation...

 

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announces today a multi-year research effort to develop and evaluate biometric presentation attack detection technologies to ensure the integrity of biometric security systems.

 

MIT Technology Review

Here’s the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox. Yes, it has gotten astonishingly good, from near-perfect facial recognition to driverless cars and world-champion Go-playing machines. And it’s true that some AI applications don’t even have to be programmed anymore: they’re based on architectures that allow them to learn from experience. ... To overcome such limitations, Cox and dozens of other neuroscientists and machine-learning experts joined forces last year for the Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) initiative: a $100 million effort to reverse-engineer the brain. It will be the neuroscience equivalent of a moonshot, says Jacob Vogelstein, who conceived and launched MICrONS when he was a program officer for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. intelligence community’s research arm.

 

USC Viterbi School of Engineering

A research team led by the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering has received a four-year, multi-million Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) grant to develop a human-machine hybrid forecasting system.

 

The Baltimore Sun

While Google Translate can help users understand words in more than 100 languages, there are thousands more dialects used around the world that remain largely a mystery to those who aren’t native speakers. A team of Johns Hopkins University scientists is working to bridge that gap with the help of a $10.7 million federal grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the nation’s intelligence community.

UMIACS

Computational biologists in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies are collaborating with other experts to develop new approaches and tools for screening DNA sequences that might accidently—or intentionally—be altered, resulting in a biological threat. ...The Maryland researchers are subcontracted to Signature Science, a subsidiary of the Southwest Research Institute on the Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats program, which is managed by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.

 

Nextgov

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.