IARPA in the News

MIT Technology Review

Here’s the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox. Yes, it has gotten astonishingly good, from near-perfect facial recognition to driverless cars and world-champion Go-playing machines. And it’s true that some AI applications don’t even have to be programmed anymore: they’re based on architectures that allow them to learn from experience. ... To overcome such limitations, Cox and dozens of other neuroscientists and machine-learning experts joined forces last year for the Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) initiative: a $100 million effort to reverse-engineer the brain. It will be the neuroscience equivalent of a moonshot, says Jacob Vogelstein, who conceived and launched MICrONS when he was a program officer for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. intelligence community’s research arm.


USC Viterbi School of Engineering

A research team led by the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering has received a four-year, multi-million Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) grant to develop a human-machine hybrid forecasting system.


The Baltimore Sun

While Google Translate can help users understand words in more than 100 languages, there are thousands more dialects used around the world that remain largely a mystery to those who aren’t native speakers. A team of Johns Hopkins University scientists is working to bridge that gap with the help of a $10.7 million federal grant from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the nation’s intelligence community.


Computational biologists in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies are collaborating with other experts to develop new approaches and tools for screening DNA sequences that might accidently—or intentionally—be altered, resulting in a biological threat. ...The Maryland researchers are subcontracted to Signature Science, a subsidiary of the Southwest Research Institute on the Functional Genomic and Computational Assessment of Threats program, which is managed by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.



An intelligence community project that aims to unobtrusively assess the psychological well-being of its human employees is underway. Research teams from Lockheed Martin, the University of Memphis, the University of Southern California, the University of Notre Dame, and a joint venture of MITRE and MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory received awards from the intelligence community’s research and development unit, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity.


Geospatial imagery, facial recognition and other biometrics are driving the intelligence community’s research into artificial intelligence (AI). Other intelligence activities, such as human language translation and event warning, are also areas in which innovations are expected through academic and industry research programs. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is working toward breakthroughs in AI, through a number of research programs.


In July, neuroscientist Sebastian Seung and his collaborators finished an 18-month marathon task. Working with roughly a terabyte of data, his team used artificial intelligence to reconstruct all the neural wiring within a 0.001 cubic millimeter chunk of mouse cortex. ... His team is racing to complete the next stage of the project — they plan to expand their efforts a thousand-fold to reconstruct a cubic millimeter chunk of mouse cortex. Both maps are part of a multi-lab program called Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS), which is funded by Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the U.S. federal government’s intelligence research agency.