IARPA in the News

MIT Technology Review

....The search for ways to fight decoherence and the errors it introduces into calculations has come to dominate the field of quantum computing. For a qubit to truly be scalable, it would probably need to accidentally decohere only around once in a million operations, says Chris Monroe, a professor at the University of Maryland and co-leader of a quantum computing project funded by the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. Today the best qubits typically decohere thousands of times that often.

FedScoop

The winners of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s first-ever public challenge have created a predictive analysis tool that Yoda would be proud of.

Two members of BAE Systems’ Adaptive Reasoning Technologies Group — physicist Troy Lau and research engineer Scott Kuzdeba — won IARPA’s Investigating Novel Statistical Techniques to Identify Neurophysiological Correlates of Trustworthiness (INSTINCT) challenge by creating the “Joint Estimation of Deception Intent via Multisource Integration of Neuropsychological Discriminators” (JEDI MIND), a statistical technique that uses a person’s heart rate and reaction time to predict whether they can be trusted to follow through on a promise.

The Hill

Two researchers took home a $25,000 prize Thursday from a top spy agency for developing a system that helps predict how trustworthy people are by studying their partners.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) announced the winners of the contest hosted by a research arm of the agency. The contest followed the introduction of a project in 2010 that sought technology and other approaches that could assess trust even under stress and deception.

The 70-day contest attracted 39 contestants and was a product of the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA). The group, housed inside the DNI, focuses on what it calls “high risk, high reward” research on intelligence activities.

Nextgov

What if members of the intelligence community could use a combination of physiological data and computer algorithms to anticipate behavior and gauge trustworthiness of individuals?

That was the public challenge put forth by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity back in February in an effort called INSTINCT, which stands for Investigating Novel Statistical Techniques to Identify Neurophysiological Correlates of Trustworthiness.

SIGNAL

There’s no trick behind this JEDI MIND.

That’s because the Joint Estimation of Deception Intent via Multisource Integration of Neuropsychological Discriminators (yes, that leads to the acronym JEDI MIND) is a complicated algorithm solution to a question posed by a leading intelligence agency research arm: Who can you trust?

Troy Lau and Scott Kuzdeba won the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's (IARPA's) first public challenge contest, titled Investigating Novel Statistical Techniques to Identify Neurophysiological Correlates of Trustworthiness (INSTINCT).

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.