IARPA in the News 2020
Intel Agencies Seek to Perfect Biometric Recognition from Drones
The intelligence community wants to put biometric identification technology on drones but has hit a wall when it comes to the most widely used biometric: facial recognition....The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, issued a broad agency announcement solicitation for its latest attempt to improve biometrics at range, the Biometric Recognition and Identification at Altitude and Range, or BRIAR, program.
Translating lost languages using machine learning
Recent research suggests that most languages that have ever existed are no longer spoken. Dozens of these dead languages are also considered to be lost, or “undeciphered” — that is, we don’t know enough about their grammar, vocabulary, or syntax to be able to actually understand their texts. ... The project was supported, in part, by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).
An automated pipeline for understanding how the brain is wired
To truly understand the brain, we need a roadmap of how it’s wired. The gold standard for studying the cellular architecture and the connectivity of brain cells is what scientists call serial-section electron microscopy. ... In 2016, with the support of IARPA, the Allen Institute for Brain Science joined a collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and Princeton University to build high-resolution roadmap of wiring in the brain.
Cloud Computing Lets IARPA Carry on During COVID-19
The cloud computing infrastructure at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity allowed the organization to pivot to a new teleworking norm during the pandemic that’s not much different than the old norm. The organization has conducted business as usual, hiring program managers, adding office directors, creating and killing programs, and continuing to meet the intelligence community’s technology needs.
Full Throttle: How the IC Accelerated R&D at the Indianapolis 500
For auto racing fans around the world, the Indianapolis 500 evokes images of cars whizzing around the historic track at speeds north of 230 miles per hour. ... In 2019, IARPA – the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity – partnered with local and regional law enforcement at the event to screen for traces of explosives.