IARPA in the News

Nature

Asking for US$40 million is never easy, but Theodore Brown knew his pitch would be a particularly tough sell. As vice-chancellor for research at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in the early 1980s, Brown had been tasked with soliciting...The centre continues to attract distinguished faculty members and large team grants — last year it won a research contract worth up to $12.7 million from the federal government's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity programme — even though competition for such money has increased as more universities build interdisciplinary teams.

Washington Technology

In the fourth of our series of Washington Technology Industry Days, we take deep dive into the IT priorities, opportunities and procurement culture at some of the leading funders and managers of emerging technology projects....We hosted representatives from agencies such as DARPA, IARPA and NIST, and each government executive emphasized a desire to partner effectively with contractors and highlighted opportunities for contractors to keep their eyes on in the near future.

Washington Examiner

Federal intelligence services are seeking a developer to create software that can predict cyber threats before they emerge....The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity finished a bidding procession Monday for a contractor to create what it calls CAUSE, or Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment.

The New York Times

Some neuroscientists believe it may be possible, within a century or so, for our minds to continue to function after death — in a computer or some other kind of simulation. Others say it’s theoretically impossible, or impossibly far off in the future. A lot of pieces have to fall into place before we can even begin to start thinking about testing the idea....And this summer, the blue-sky research arm of the United States intelligence agencies, Iarpa, distributed some $50 million in five-year grants to map the connectome in a cubic millimeter of mouse brain linked to learning behavior, record the corresponding neurons in live mouse brains and simulate the circuits in a computer.

Fight Aging

The mainstream press here has a go at summarizing some of the neurobiology and technologies that would lead to whole brain emulation, a copy of a human mind running in software....And this summer, the blue-sky research arm of the United States intelligence agencies, Iarpa, distributed some $50 million in five-year grants to map the connectome in a cubic millimeter of mouse brain linked to learning behavior, record the corresponding neurons in live mouse brains and simulate the circuits in a computer.

Executive Gov

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity will award $110,000 in total prizes to the winning teams of the Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments challenge. IARPA said Thursday the ASpIRE challenge launched in October 2014 sought speech recognition platforms that can transcribe a recorded speech and work on single microphone and multiple microphone recordings....

 

Foreign Policy

In 2014, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA, a research organization that develops cutting-edge technology for U.S. intelligence agencies, pledged $12 million to design performance-enhancing techniques, including electrical stimulation of the brain for “optimizing human adaptive reasoning”—that is, for making the analysts smarter.