IARPA in the News 2019
IARPA Announces Launch of HECTOR
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announces today a multi-year research effort called the Homomorphic Encryption Computing Techniques with Overhead Reduction (HECTOR) program. Today’s computing systems and data services are constrained by a small cryptographic toolset that does not allow data to be processed while in a secure state.
IARPA Announces Launch of MAEGLIN Phase 2
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced today award of Phase 2 of the Molecular Analyzer for Efficient Gas-Phase Low-Power Interrogation program research contracts.
Imagining the next generation of high-performance computers
Researchers for the intelligence community want ideas on how to improve modeling and simulation of high-performance computing architectures and applications.... IARPA is asking for help with modeling and simulation research that can eventually tackle large-scale computational and data-analytic applications that run on HPC systems.
A Contest to Beat Geopolitical "Superforecasters"
Four years ago, a team of researchers based at the University of Pennsylvania wowed the U.S. intelligence community by producing a superior new way to forecast geopolitical events. They were dubbed the "Superforecasters."
Driving the news: At a time the science of professional prognostication is sorely battered, the radical innovation arm of U.S. intelligence services is looking to best the UPenn team with a fresh big-money prize competition.
What's happening: IARPA, the research arm for the U.S. director of national intelligence, is offering $250,000 in prize money in a contest to forecast geopolitical events such as elections, disease outbreaks and economic indicators.
The Peculiar Blindness of Experts
...In 2005, [Philip] Tetlock published his results, and they caught the attention of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, a government organization that supports research on the U.S. intelligence community’s most difficult challenges. In 2011, IARPA launched a four-year prediction tournament in which five researcher-led teams competed. Each team could recruit, train, and experiment however it saw fit. Predictions were due at 9 a.m. every day. The questions were hard: Will a European Union member withdraw by a target date? Will the Nikkei close above 9,500? Tetlock, along with his wife and collaborator, the psychologist Barbara Mellers, ran a team named the Good Judgment Project.