IARPA in the News

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.

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....