IARPA in the News


What good is a fingerprint scanner if the criminal is wearing fake fingers? Or if they’ve transplanted their toeprints to their fingerprints to prevent law enforcement from matching them to a database? What if they dilated their eyes to confound iris scans?... The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s “Odin” project, unveiled last month, awarded funds to a handful of groups coming up with their own solutions.



The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched an effort to research and develop “quantum enhanced” computers. The Quantum Enhanced Optimization program aims to develop technology that can speed up the training of machine learning algorithms; support circuit fault diagnostics on larger circuits; and accelerate optimal scheduling of multiple machines on multiple tasks, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Monday.



Amit Lal, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Cornell University, is working with a group of students to create a device that can scan the surfaces of all 10 fingers in five minutes. His team, which consists of postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students, is competing in the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Nail to Nail Fingerprint challenge. Although groups have until July to showcase their technology, Lal told MeriTalk that his group has already built a device.


Intelligence analysts sometimes must make life-or-death judgments based on conflicting or incomplete information. Can software help them get better results? Managers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, an organization under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, think there’s a good possibility that it can.

Military & Aerospace Electronics

U.S. intelligence experts will brief industry next month on a new initiative to develop space situational awareness precision imaging technology sufficient to gather high-resolution images of objects orbiting in geosynchronous orbit from installations on the ground. Officials of the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) in Washington from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. eastern time on 11 May 2017 at yet-to-be determined location in the Washington, D.C. area, on the upcoming Amon-Hen program to produce images of objects in geosynchronous orbit, which is 22,236 miles above the Earth's surface.



The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) selected biometric developer, Crossmatch, to lead its new Thor program fighting biometric spoofing. Following a competitive bid process, the $5.8 million contract was awarded to develop next-generation biometric presentation attack detection (PAD) technologies.


Crossmatch®, a globally-recognized leader in biometric identity management and secure authentication solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a $5.8 million contract by Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop next-generation Presentation Attack Detection (PAD) technologies for IARPA’s Thor program.