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New Mexico Daily Lobo

UNM’s National Security Studies Program will kick off its annual three-day national security symposium tomorrow....

Topics for the three-day event will include national security, Guantanamo Bay detainees, the Ukrainian crisis and other military, cyber, legal and political global issues, according to a UNM press release.

“This University-wide event will focus on national security, broadly defined—ranging from human rights and privacy to cybersecurity. The speakers will include nationally and UNM recognized scholars and legal experts,” said Emile Nakhleh, a research professor at UNM and a senior adviser to the National Security Studies Program.

Gregory Treverton, chairman of the U.S. National Intelligence Council will discuss global security trends for the next two decades in a keynote speech at the symposium, according the UNM press release.

Peter Highnam, director of intelligence advanced research projects activity in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, will also present a seminar on “Cutting Edge Research Agenda for National Security,” according to the statement.


The intelligence community's research arm wants to meet with researchers and companies to talk about advances in technologies that continuously monitor insider threats.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) said it will host a Proposers' Day conference April 16 to discuss its Scientific Advances to Continuous Insider Threat Evaluation (SCITE) program, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation.

Scientific Reports

Critical events in society or biological systems can be understood as large-scale self-emergent phenomena due to deteriorating stability. We often observe peculiar patterns preceding these events, posing a question of—how to interpret the self-organized patterns to know more about the imminent crisis. We start with a very general description — of interacting population giving rise to large-scale emergent behaviors that constitute critical events. Then we pose a key question: is there a quantifiable relation between the network of interactions and the emergent patterns? Our investigation leads to a fundamental understanding to: 1. Detect the system's transition based on the principal mode of the pattern dynamics; 2. Identify its evolving structure based on the observed patterns. The main finding of this study is that while the pattern is distorted by the network of interactions, its principal mode is invariant to the distortion even when the network constantly evolves. Our analysis on real-world markets show common self-organized behavior near the critical transitions, such as housing market collapse and stock market crashes, thus detection of critical events before they are in full effect is possible.


The intelligence community will host a meeting next month to brief IT firms on research into insider threat monitoring systems.

The conference, to be hosted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), will provide background for an upcoming solicitation on the Scientific Advances to Continuous Insider Threat Evaluation (SCITE) program.

The SCITE program seeks to develop and test methods to detect insider threats through two separate research tracks, IARPA said.


The BRAIN Initiative℠ goal is to develop neurotechnologies that will enable scientists “to map the circuits of the brain, measure the fluctuating patterns of electrical and chemical activity flowing within those circuits, and understand how their interplay creates our unique cognitive and behavioral capabilities.” On March 4, 2015 the NIH BRAIN Multi-Council Working Group (MCWG) met for the second time to discuss current BRAIN Initiative activities, new funding opportunity announcements, and strategic planning for the future of the NIH BRAIN Initiative efforts. The BRAIN MCWG includes one member of the Advisory Council from each of the 10 NIH Institutes and Centers that contribute to the NIH BRAIN Initiative. In addition, at-large members are appointed to supplement MCWG expertise, and ex officio members are appointed from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) – NIH’s four federal partners involved in The BRAIN Initiative℠. The purpose of the MCWG is to provide oversight for the long-term scientific vision of The BRAIN Initiative℠ and serve as a forum for initial “concept clearance” or the review of ideas for new initiatives before they become funding announcements.

Intelligence Community News

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers’ Day conference for the Scientific advances to Continuous Insider Threat Evaluation (SCITE) program on 16 April 2015, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation in support of the program. The conference will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the conference will be to provide introductory information on SCITE and the research problems that the program aims to address, to respond to questions from potential proposers, and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities and identify potential team partners.

Science Express

Quantum annealers use quantum fluctuations to escape local minima and find low energy configurations of a physical system. Strong evidence for superiority of quantum annealing has come from comparing quantum annealing implemented through quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations to classical annealing. Motivated by recent experiments we revisit the question of when quantum speedup may be expected. Even though, for two-dimensional Ising spin glasses, a better scaling is seen for quantum annealing, this advantage is due to time discretization artifacts and measurements which are not possible on a physical quantum annealer. Simulations in the physically relevant continuous time limit, on the other hand, do not show superiority. Our results imply that care has to be taken when using QMC simulations to assess potential for quantum speedup.