IARPA in the News

House of Bots

Whether in the brain or in code, neural networks are shaping up to be one of the most critical areas of research in both neuroscience and computer science. An increasing amount of attention, funding, and development has been pushed toward technologies that mimic the brain in both hardware and software to create more efficient, high performance systems capable of advanced, fast learning. ... Accordingly, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the U.S. is getting behind an effort spearheaded by Tai Sing Lee, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and researchers at Johns Hopkins University, among others, to make new connections between the brain's neural function and how those same processes might map to neural networks and other computational frameworks.


PR Newswire

SRI International has been awarded a four-year $12.5 million contract by IARPA's (The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, National Intelligence Directorate) Odin Program to research and develop "dynamic biometrics" able to better detect attempts to evade or deceive biometric security systems, such as fingerprint, iris and face scanners. The ability to detect these "presentation attacks" addresses a critical weakness in current generation biometric security systems and can significantly expand biometric use cases.


The Cipher Brief

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Director Jason Matheny worries a lot about national security risks that probably aren’t headlining many lists of pressing threats to the United States — pandemics, autonomous systems, and strategic nuclear war, to name a few. “We also have a need to protect what’s really right now a sort of wild west of biotechnology,” he told The Cipher Brief’s Annual Threat Conference in Sea Island, Georgia last week.


Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University scientists can now use brain activation patterns to identify complex thoughts, such as, "The witness shouted during the trial." This latest research led by CMU’s Marcel Just builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to "mind read." The findings indicate that the mind’s building blocks for constructing complex thoughts are formed by the brain’s various sub-systems and are not word-based. Published in Human Brain Mapping and funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the study offers new evidence that the neural dimensions of concept representation are universal across people and languages.




Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has selected the University of Southern California to lead a consortium of universities and private companies to build quantum computers that are at least 10,000 times faster than the best state-of-the-art classical computers.


While movies may give us the impression that being a spy is an endless parade of gun battles, covert infiltrations, and drinks, it can actually be quite a boring job. ... Cardillo’s initiative isn’t the first use of AI by the intelligence community though. DARPA and IARPA, the US defense and intelligence research agencies, have funded deep-learning (the basis of AI) since the 1960’s, and the federal government spent a whopping $1 billion on AI research in 2015 alone.


In the past, biometric security was something many only saw in spy movies or a futuristic utopia. However, as organizations more consistently look at the potential of biometric tools, they increasingly become a modern-day reality....The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Odin”project, which was unveiled last month, has awarded funds to various organizations who agree on the positive impact biometrics can have.