IARPA in the News 2017


Amit Lal, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Cornell University, is working with a group of students to create a device that can scan the surfaces of all 10 fingers in five minutes. His team, which consists of postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students, is competing in the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Nail to Nail Fingerprint challenge. Although groups have until July to showcase their technology, Lal told MeriTalk that his group has already built a device.


Intelligence analysts sometimes must make life-or-death judgments based on conflicting or incomplete information. Can software help them get better results? Managers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, an organization under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, think there’s a good possibility that it can.

Military & Aerospace Electronics

U.S. intelligence experts will brief industry next month on a new initiative to develop space situational awareness precision imaging technology sufficient to gather high-resolution images of objects orbiting in geosynchronous orbit from installations on the ground. Officials of the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. eastern time on 11 May 2017 at yet-to-be determined location in the Washington, D.C. area, on the upcoming Amon-Hen program to produce images of objects in geosynchronous orbit, which is 22,236 miles above the Earth's surface.



The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) selected biometric developer, Crossmatch, to lead its new Thor program fighting biometric spoofing. Following a competitive bid process, the $5.8 million contract was awarded to develop next-generation biometric presentation attack detection (PAD) technologies.


Crossmatch®, a globally-recognized leader in biometric identity management and secure authentication solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a $5.8 million contract by Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation Presentation Attack Detection (PAD) technologies for IARPA’s Thor program.

The New York Times

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience. A touch of a finger unlocks the phone — no password required. With services like Apple Pay or Android Pay, a fingerprint can buy a bag of groceries, a new laptop or even a $1 million vintage Aston Martin. ...Still, the team’s fundamental finding that partial fingerprints are vulnerable to spoofing is significant, said Chris Boehnen, the manager of the federal government’s Odin program, which studies how to defeat biometric security attacks as part of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

New Scientist

The U.S. government wants a better way to get its hands on people’s fingerprints – and it has set up a contest to find it. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched a challenge that pits security companies and research groups against each other, in a bid to build a device that accurately captures every part of a fingerprint. This “nail-to-nail” scan covers the whole fingertip, from one side of a fingernail to the other.


The latest kind of advanced encryption could soon allow classified computing to be done on unclassified computer systems, a senior intelligence official said Thursday. “That’s really one of the next places [we’re] likely to look — Can we use homomorphic encryption to do secure multiparty computation?” Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, told the Billington Cybersecurity Summit.

REI Systems

On March 22nd, REI Systems and Johns Hopkins University‚Äč held a Government Analytics Breakfast (GAB) Forum at the Johns Hopkins Washington D.C. Center. These year-round events bring together professionals from government, academia, and the corporate community to discuss how government analytics can enable real-world successes and support learning of critical lessons from actual experience....Audience members that attended, both in-person and over the livestream, participated in an engaging dialogue with Dr. Jason Matheny, Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.