IARPA in the News


WHAT: The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is looking for contractors to help with its quantum computing Logical Qubits (LogiQ) Program.

WHY: IARPA, the research arm of the country's intelligence agencies, is searching for ideas to advance practical quantum computer technology that could revolutionize data processing.

Human Resource Executive

Think you aren’t biased? You’d better think again.

New research published in the journal Management Science reveals that people who believe they are less biased than their peers are more likely to ignore helpful advice. And, they are probably wrong that they are less biased, because only one in 661 surveyed said that he or she is more biased than the average person.

For human resource leaders, this very-human propensity can quickly lead to detrimental development if allowed to go unchecked....

The larger initiative is the Sirius research project, which is designed to investigate how to address the impact of biases in intelligence analyses, and is overseen by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity program of the U.S. Office of National Intelligence.

Executive Gov

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity wants industry input for a program to develop a logical qubit from a number of imperfect physical qubits.

IARPA said in a solicitation published Thursday that it plans to integrate extensible integration into high-fidelity multi-qubit operations under the logical qubits program.

Intelligence Community News

On July 2, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) released the following funding opportunity for the Logical Qubits (LogiQ) Program (Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-15-10). Proposals for the initial round of selections are due no later than 5:00pm Eastern on September 1, 2015.

IARPA is seeking innovative solutions for the Logical Qubits (LogiQ) Program. LogiQ intends to build a logical qubit from a number of imperfect physical qubits by combining high-fidelity multi-qubit operations with extensible integration. The LogiQ Program is envisioned to begin 1 February 2016 and end by 31 January 2021.


The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is seeking proposals for a program that aims to develop and assess methods for insider threat detection.


Social unrest is endemic in many societies, and recent news has drawn attention to happenings in Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Civilian populations mobilize, sometimes spontaneously and sometimes in an organized manner, to raise awareness of key issues or to demand changes in governing or other organizational structures. It is of key interest to social scientists and policy makers to forecast civil unrest using indicators observed on media such as Twitter, news, and blogs. We present an event forecasting model using a notion of activity cascades in Twitter (proposed by Gonzalez-Bailon et al., 2011) to predict the occurrence of protests in three countries of Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela. The basic assumption is that the emergence of a suitably detected activity cascade is a precursor or a surrogate to a real protest event that will happen “on the ground.” Our model supports the theoretical characterization of large cascades using spectral properties and uses properties of detected cascades to forecast events. Experimental results on many datasets, including the recent June 2013 protests in Brazil, demonstrate the effectiveness of our approach.

This work was supported by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) via Department of Interior National Business Center (Do(/NBC) contract number D12PC000337, National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under award number R01GM109718-01, Defense Threat Reduction Agency grant number HDTRA1-11-1-0016, Defense Threat Reduction Agency Comprehensive National Incident Management System Contract contract number HDTRA1-11-D-0016-0001, National Science Foundation (NSF) under grant number CCF-1216000 and NSF grant number CNS-1011769....

Intelligence Community News

On June 19, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) posted the following solicitation (IARPA-BAA-15-09). Although this broad agency announcement (BAA) closes on June 17, 2016, the proposal due date for the initial round of selections is August 10, 2015.