IARPA in the News 2017


It generally makes sense: more success is good; less success bad. Simple metric. Ensures taxpayers’ dollars are well invested. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)—all about “high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines”—turns that metric on its head. When it comes to research and development for the intelligence community, too much R&D success may spell failure.


Ask economists whether prediction markets or prediction polls fare better, and they'll likely favor the former. In prediction markets, people bet against each other to predict an outcome, say the chance of someone winning an election. The market represents the crowd's best guess. In a prediction poll, the guesser isn't concerned with what anyone else thinks, essentially betting against himself. The work stems from The Good Judgment Project, a group of faculty and students from Penn and elsewhere selected to participate in the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's four-year forecasting tournament that began in 2011.

UT News

Salt, snowflakes and diamonds are all crystals, meaning their atoms are arranged in 3-D patterns that repeat. Today scientists are reporting in the journal Nature on the creation of a phase of matter, dubbed a time crystal, in which atoms move in a pattern that repeats in time rather than in space. This research was supported by the U.S. Army Research Office, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and the Simons Foundation.


The administration plans to outright to eliminate the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, an energy research and development unit. And though it’s not mentioned directly in the White House’s preliminary requests, one intelligence community group is bracing for tighter federal research budgets across government.

“We’re very interested in the science of science,” Jason Matheny, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity director, said at a Government Analytics Breakfast event in Washington on Wednesday.

The Hill

In early February, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) announced a multi-year effort to develop and test collaboration methods to improve reasoning. The Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking, and Evaluation (“CREATE”) program intends to improve analysts’ and decision makers’ understanding of the information that supports their conclusions.

Los Angeles Business Journal

USC’s Information Sciences Institute, a division of its Viterbi Engineering School, received...contract this week from Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, a federal government agency.

Business Wire

ReadCoor, Inc. today announced that it has joined the multi-disciplinary consortium led by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University to map the brain’s neural circuitry with unprecedented resolution and precision. The consortium is made possible through...the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under the MICrONS program...

Electronic Products

Fingerprint recognition systems are one of the mostly widely used biometrics, found on devices such as cellphones and laptops. Like any non-biometric systems, though, fingerprint sensors come with vulnerabilities. That leaves many opportunities for fooling the fingerprint sensor into false recognition....A better solution, then, would be to develop new technologies that would detect hacker attacks against any type of fingerprint sensors. According to Chris Boehnen, senior program manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Activity (IARPA), the Odin program that is set up to start in early March 2017 aims to develop just such technologies.

Federal News Radio

Cybersecurity isn’t what it used to be. The rise of social engineering, the internet of things, and the convergence of the cyber and physical worlds mean the old model of building a virtual moat around your network castle isn’t so much obsolete as having been rendered a subset of the complete cybersecurity mission....For this panel discussion, Predictive Intelligence: The Marriage of Data and Analytics in Cybersecurity, Federal News Radio gathered together three federal experts:

  • Julie Ard, senior principal cyber engineer and architect at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity