IARPA in the News


The intelligence community's research arm is finding that public challenges and contests with vendors can increase the effectiveness of its technology programs....The director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity told the deputy director for policy for the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy that the research operation's use of prize challenges has been successful when they're used along with more traditional research grants and contracts.


Last week, President Obama signed the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (S. 3084) which updates and strengthens the incentive prize authority granted to all agencies in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010....I caught up with IARPA Director Dr. Jason Matheny to discuss how they have used incentive prizes to drive innovation, and what IARPA’s vision is for the future of incentive prizes.

Executive Gov

A team of scientists has started to develop a system that aims to identify mosquito-borne viruses and other pathogens as well as determine potential disease outbreaks through a project funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity...

New Republic

Over the past year, the Zika virus has threatened millions of people throughout South and Central America, posing a risk of serious birth defects among a generation of newborn children....IARPA is designed to support “high-risk, high-reward” projects to advance the goals of the intelligence community—a skunkworks to help the government find new ways to identify hackers and terrorists.

Trajectory Magazine

USGIF will host its first Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Workshop Jan. 10 to foster discussion around these rapidly evolving technologies shaping the future of the GEOINT Community....The workshop will feature keynote addresses from Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) Director Dr. Jason Matheny and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director of Research Dr. Peter Highnam.

The Daily Beast

A couple of days before the Future Today Summit at the 92nd Street Y in uptown Manhattan, a gunman walked into a pizza shop 230 miles south of it, fired into the air, and demanded to see the child sex ring in its basement....Dixon is the Deputy Director of IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity—think DARPA, but Intelligence, and around since 2006), whose boss’ boss is DNI chief James Clapper and whose agency’s goal is to “deliver innovative technology for future overwhelming intelligence advantage.”


HOUSTON - (Dec. 16, 2016) - Neuroscience and artificial intelligence experts from Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine have taken inspiration from the human brain in creating a new "deep learning" method that enables computers to learn about the visual world largely on their own, much as human babies do.