IARPA in the News

The Cipher Brief

The U.S. intelligence community has long considered its mission as the gatherer of secrets. But sometimes insights are hiding in plain sight among tweets, blog posts, online videos, newspaper articles, academic journals and public records. Leveraging such open source information can greatly enhance our understanding of the world and critical events with national security implications. The Cipher Brief’s Levi Maxey spoke with Jason Matheny, the director of Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the U.S. intelligence community’s over-the-horizon research and development wing, about the value the intelligence community places on open source data.

IEEE Spectrum

Spy satellites and their commercial cousins orbit Earth like a swarm of space paparazzi, capturing tens of terabytes of images every day. ... The data is provided by the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). The 10 finalists will see their AI algorithms scored against a hidden data set of satellite imagery when the challenge closes at the end of December.

GCN

For all the news coverage of facial recognition technology, it's currently just not that good. “Traditionally, face recognition software has worked very well on what I would call highly controlled photos,” said Chris Boehnen, a program manager with the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. Those would include pictures where the subject is looking at the camera and where there is good lighting, like a drivers license, visa or mugshot picture.

 

Military & Aerospace

U.S. government researchers are asking for industry's help in developing power-efficient cables to transmit fast data from cryogenic-temperature environments to room temperature without overburdening the system's demand for electrical energy. Officials of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington issued a draft broad agency announcement on Tuesday (IARPA-BAA-18-02) for the SuperCables project.

 

The Cipher Brief

Quantum computing and other technologies, which seek to exploit the bizarre behaviors of particles at the microscopic quantum level, have the potential to revolutionize computing, sensor systems, and a wide array of other information systems. As this theoretical field nears practical implementation...

 

Press Release

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announces today a multi-year research effort to develop and evaluate biometric presentation attack detection technologies to ensure the integrity of biometric security systems.

 

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.