IARPA in the News 2017

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University scientists can now use brain activation patterns to identify complex thoughts, such as, "The witness shouted during the trial." This latest research led by CMU’s Marcel Just builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read." The findings indicate that the mind’s building blocks for constructing complex thoughts are formed by the brain’s various sub-systems and are not word-based. Published in Human Brain Mapping and funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the study offers new evidence that the neural dimensions of concept representation are universal across people and languages.




Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has selected the University of Southern California to lead a consortium of universities and private companies to build quantum computers that are at least 10,000 times faster than the best state-of-the-art classical computers.


While movies may give us the impression that being a spy is an endless parade of gun battles, covert infiltrations, and drinks, it can actually be quite a boring job. ... Cardillo’s initiative isn’t the first use of AI by the intelligence community though. DARPA and IARPA, the US defense and intelligence research agencies, have funded deep-learning (the basis of AI) since the 1960’s, and the federal government spent a whopping $1 billion on AI research in 2015 alone.


In the past, biometric security was something many only saw in spy movies or a futuristic utopia. However, as organizations more consistently look at the potential of biometric tools, they increasingly become a modern-day reality....The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Odin”project, which was unveiled last month, has awarded funds to various organizations who agree on the positive impact biometrics can have.


Signal Magazine

Diverse sciences ranging from forensics to nanoscale chemical sampling and storage are among the research opportunities being targeted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity....The organization’s HECTOR program aims to build a framework that enables system architects and application developers who are lacking extensive cryptographic expertise to develop secure distributed applications using advanced cryptographic techniques.


MSU News

S2 Corporation, of Bozeman, and Montana State University’s Spectrum Lab, announce the award of a $1 million dollar, 12-month research contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, IARPA, to develop an efficient, high-data rate photonic computational engine for 2-D image processing. Applications include virus detection in streaming digital data, key features search for computer vision, and queries in massive unindexed databases.



Behind a lot of the technology we take for granted in our lives—the satellite mapping behind Google Maps, or the voice recognition software behind your iPhone’s Siri—lie not just inventive tech companies, but the sclerotic old federal government. Across the country, Washington funds a network of advanced—sometimes secret, often underappreciated—government laboratories dedicated to blue-sky, “what-the-hell” research at the frontiers of science and technology. ... Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Established: 2006 Budget: not available Description: This undercover lab, nicknamed “DARPA for spies,” is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and develops ideas that could give an edge to the U.S. Intelligence community, including tools that can feel straight out of the latest James Bond film.

Breaking Defense

GEOINT: Think about technology to identify suicide bombers and high value targets who’ve been blown to bits without using DNA. The Intelligence Community’s version of DARPA, IARPA, is doing just that with a program designed to use proteins from hair and keratin (which makes up much of the outer layer of human skin) when DNA is too old or too hard to find.

Trajectory Magazine

“Boston. Brussels. Paris. London. Manchester. These are just some of the cities that have experienced terrorist attacks in the last few weeks or years, resulting in tragic loss of life,” said IARPA Deputy Director Stacey Dixon during her GEOINT Foreword keynote Sunday, the morning after a terror spree struck London....“What if we had more warning that something was about to happen just based on the activities and behaviors of the perpetrators,” she said. “Would that be helpful? Very much so.”