IARPA in the News

Defense One

A new study by researchers at Arizona State University, Texas A&M, and Yahoo, funded in part by the Office of Naval Research, can predict with 70 percent accuracy the likelihood that your next tweet will be part of a protest....The paper follows years of similar government-funded research into measuring protest dynamics on social media. Perhaps the best known program is the 2011 Open Source Indicators project from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency

IEEE Spectrum

A superconducting supercomputer. Such a machine would take advantage of superconducting materials that, when chilled to nearly the temperature of deep space—just a few degrees above absolute zero—exhibit no electrical resistance whatsoever....The exascale push may be superconducting computing’s opening. And the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, the U.S. intelligence community’s arm for high-risk R&D, is making the most of it.

Network World

Can the development of artificial intelligence technology be kicked up a notch? Scientists at Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) certainly hope so and recently issued a Request For Information about how AI advances could be made more quickly and consistently.

Signal Magazine

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has released a broad agency announcement (BAA) seeking proposals to develop, and experimentally test, systems that use crowdsourcing and structured analytic techniques to improve analytic reasoning. At the same time, the organization released three requests for information and announced a March 11 proposers’ day for the Odin program, which is developing methods for detecting attempts to disguise a person’s biometric identity.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Carnegie Mellon University will study the mouse brain to better understand complex neural networks and feedback loops it, and our own brains, use in processing visual information. Once understood, those details could lead to mathematical models and algorithms to advance machine learning and artificial intelligence. The project is part of President Barack Obama’s brain initiative programs to revolutionize understanding of the brain. The federal Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, through its Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks program...


Depending upon your perspective Artificial Intelligence is stuck in the doldrums. Its long touted promise has yet to materialize and instead produced boom-bust cycles of grand expectations followed by disappointing results. Maybe the problem isn’t the algorithms but training data sets. This is the latest message from IARPA which has issued a request for information (RFI) for “Novel Training Datasets and Environments to Advance Artificial Intelligence.”


About 5 years ago, neuroscientist Tony Zador saw a slide at a scientific meeting that changed the course of his career. It showed a slice of mouse brain tissue containing a bright rainbow of neurons....Zador was struck by an idea: If he could replace the half-dozen distinct colors with a label consisting of, say, 30 random nucleotides—the building blocks of RNA and DNA—he could give unique barcodes to an almost infinite number of neurons.... The U.S. government is placing a large bet on Zador's method. As part of a project...under the Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks, or MICrONS, program, sponsored by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).