IARPA in the News 2017

University of Minnesota News

Mobile sensors for workplace productivity? Activity trackers for meetings? It’s the future of mobile sensor technology and two University of Minnesota faculty are making it possible, ushering in a new era of productivity and efficiency in the workplace.


Semiconductor Engineering

The semiconductor industry continues to move full speed ahead with traditional chip scaling. There are several challenges in the arena. One of the big but lessor known challenges is metrology. Metrology, the science of characterizing and measuring films and structures, is becoming more complex, challenging and expensive at each node. Looking to solve some major problems in the metrology arena, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) recently announced an effort to develop metrology tools that could image current and future chips at a faster rate.



Officials from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, say they hope the organization’s new Face Recognition Prize Challenge will help them move the needle on biometric security. They expect to start judging soon a range of new technologies submitted for consideration, with a winner to be announced in October.

Trajectory Magazine

Big data is exploding, and has been for several years. According to an IBM report, 90 percent of the world’s data has been produced since 2015 with no sign of deceleration. Panelists at the Defense One Tech Summit July 13 discussed what this data boom means for the Intelligence Community, the future of data architecture, and artificial intelligence (AI). The development of new GEOINT tools—including AI algorithms for tasks such as image and pattern recognition and labeling—depends on high volumes of testable data. According to Dr. Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), open-source must become the norm if industry wants to continue to break ground in these areas.



War on the Rocks

BBC has followed up 2006’s Planet Earth, perhaps the greatest nature documentary of all time, with an even greater sequel. This past week, Planet Earth II received 10 Emmy Award nominations. ... I, too, felt that majesty and awe, but I also happen to have just completed a study titled “Artificial Intelligence and National Security” on behalf of the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). IARPA is the main sponsor of the U.S. government intelligence community’s advanced research and development efforts. Like its military counterpart, DARPA, folks at IARPA are tasked with anticipating how advancements in science and technology will transform the future of espionage and warfare.

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will launch the Modeling of Reflectance Given Only Transmission of High-concentration Spectra for Chemical Recognition Over Widely-varying eNvironments —“MORGOTH’S CROWN” —Challenge as part of the Standoff ILluminator for Measuring Absorbance and Reflectance Infrared Light Signatures—“SILMARILS”—program....



Two new programs are slotted to undergo proposer’s days, according to a news release from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. Proposer’s Day allows the managers of the program to present the outlining material and vision of the program before a broad agency announcement is formally issued.



The research arm of the intelligence community is hoping new bio-detection technology can be developed to help defend against human engineered biological threats.



On July 27, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity—the research arm of the U.S. intelligence community—will host a proposers’ day conference in Washington to gather information for a proposed research program for detecting genetically modified viruses, bacteria, insects, plants or animals.