IARPA in the News

Executive Gov

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity will award $50,000 in total for the winning participants to a prize challenge on automatic speech recognition software for single-microphone and multimicrophone recordings.

IARPA said the Automatic Speech In Reverberant Environments Challenge seeks approaches that will enable consistent ASR performance in different acoustic environments and conditions.

Military Embedded Systems

...The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) government research agency – part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence – is said to be investigating the feasibility of an advanced chipmaking technology under its Trusted Integrated Chips program that entails what it calls the “split-manufacturing” process. This method would divide chip fabrication into Front-End-of-Line (FEOL) manufacturing, consisting of transistor layers to be fabricated by offshore foundries, and Back-End-of-Line (BEOL) development, with pieces that would be fabricated by trusted U.S. facilities.

COSSA

On September 30, the White House hosted a conference on President Obama’s BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative. The Initiative is a large-scale effort to provide researchers with important insights to treat a variety of disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and traumatic brain injury, among others....

IARPA, which is located within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and invests in high risk, high-payoff research surrounding the difficult challenges faced by the intelligence community, intends to use multidisciplinary approaches to advance understanding of cognition and computation in the brain. IARPA intends to support several applied research programs in this area.

Digital Journal

A mix of public, private, philanthropic, and academic investments have been collected in order to fund additional BRAIN Initiative-related projects. This is a project to map out the human brain, launched by President Obama in 2013....

The project is supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

FCW

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity wants to crowdsource ideas for software that would make human speech recorded in noisy environments more easily translated into less error-prone data.

Speech-recognition software renders human speech into text that can then be used in a variety of ways. As any smartphone owner who uses Siri knows, however, sometimes the software misunderstands what's being said or is overwhelmed by background noise....

IARPA is joining the BRAIN Initiative and will use multidisciplinary approaches to advance understanding of cognition and computation in the brain.

As part of its mission to invest in high-risk, high-payoff research to tackle some of the most difficult challenges in the Intelligence Community, IARPA plans to continue sponsoring several applied research programs that use multidisciplinary approaches to advance our understanding of cognition and computation in the brain. Programs planned for FY15 include: the Knowledge Representation in Neural Systems (KRNS) program, which seeks insights into the brain’s representation of conceptual knowledge; the Strengthening Human Adaptive Reasoning and Problem-solving (SHARP) program, which will develop non-invasive neural interventions for optimizing reasoning and problem-solving; and the Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) program, which will reverse-engineer the algorithms of the brain to revolutionize machine learning.

To learn more about the BRAIN Initiative, see the White House fact sheet.

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Science

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Tuesday announced the recipients of the agency's first wave of funding for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, a $110 million U.S. effort to develop tools for studying how networks of neurons produce thoughts, feelings, and behaviors....

NIH belongs to a growing consortium of federal agencies and private partners committed to the project. In tandem with the NIH announcement, the National Science Foundation announced $12 million in new money neuroengineering research aligned with BRAIN. And, in a separate event at the White House on Tuesday, John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, announced that the Food and Drug Administration and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity are also joining the initiative.