IARPA in the News

Medical Design Technology

Addressing regulators, members of industry, and other stakeholders, Jennifer French delivered a powerful message about those requiring brain–computer interface (BCI) devices to treat paralysis and other neurological conditions: “We are not patients; we are consumers, end users.”...

In April 2013, President Obama announced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, which was developed to answer questions about major brain disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, depression, and traumatic brain injury.

The FDA, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are taking part in this project, with support from GE, Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Inscopix.

ISN

Big talk may characterize the promises of this century’s burgeoning “big data” transformation, but in the world of foreign policy an altogether quieter revolution is taking place in the growing sub-field of futures studies....

The US government’s prominent investment in this area is not confined to DARPA and the DoD. In 2011, through its R&D channel known as the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA, a sibling to DARPA), it is funding an ongoing 4-year experiment to identify the best and most accurate futures forecasters in the world in a tournament known as the Aggregative Contingent Estimation Project (ACE). ACE is the first scientific test of how the human dimension stacks up against and augments predictive machine learning.

Fusion

And if you want to see the leading edge of this kind of thing, IARPA, which is the advanced projects skunkworks for the spy agencies like the NSA and CIA, has been working on searching through massive volumes of YouTube videos in a project named ALADDIN. An IARPA research bot may very well have already spidered through something you’ve uploaded....

SD Times

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has launched a competition challenging participants to design speech-recognition software that can decipher conversations and speech in noisy, echo-prone acoustic environments and recording scenarios.

Participants in either the single microphone or multi-microphone divisions of the contest will be provided approximately 10 hours of transcribed far-field microphone data from noisy, reverberant rooms. During one-week periods in early to mid-February the contestants will develop software to be judged by the objective metric of word error rate.

Military & Aerospace Electronics

U.S. intelligence experts are trying come to grips with thorny issues like international arms smuggling, nuclear materials exchanges, and inter-continental illegal drug trafficking with one of today's most difficult surveillance challenges: finding and tracking foreign ships at sea....

Officials of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington issued a request for information notice this week (IARPA-RFI-14-09) for the Maritime Tagging, Tracking, & Locating (TTL) project.

Network World

There’s a new high-tech competition afoot that challenges participants to design speech-recognition software that can decipher conversations and other speech that happens over microphones in noisy, echo-prone situations.

The $50,000 challenge comes from researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The completion, known as Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments (ASpIRE), hopes to get the industry, universities or other researchers to build automatic speech recognition technology that can handle a variety of acoustic environments and recording scenarios on natural conversational speech.

Military & Aerospace Electronics

U.S. intelligence experts are asking industry, colleges, and the public to design speech-recognition software that can decipher conversations and other speech that happens over microphones in noisy, echo-ridden environments.

Officials of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington are launching the Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments (ASpIRE) speech-recognition contest.