IARPA in the News

Wall Street Journal

The research arm of the NSA and CIA is investing in new technologies to better analyze the data it collects.

Military & Aerospace Electronics

U.S. government researchers are preparing to asking industry to develop advanced facial-recognition technology able to identify people not only using incomplete, erroneous, and ambiguous data, but also that accounts for aging, pose, illumination, and expression.

Boston Business Journal

Raytheon BBN Technologies has been awarded $1.7 million in federal funding to develop an automated system that will effectively automate the venture capitalist model: recognizing trends in emerging technologies, and forecasting future levels of interest in certain technological fields.

Signal Magazine

The U.S. intelligence community will be relying to a greater degree on commercial technologies to meet its current and future requirements, including some that formerly were the purview of government laboratories. And, because much of the community’s research is applied research, it will select its budgeting priorities based in part on how well the commercial sector can fill in some technology gaps on its own.


Human eyeballs, not fancy facial recognition software, helped identify the Boston Marathon bombers, due to the fact that the software works best on well-posed, frontal facial photos taken for identification purposes.


Time to fire your portfolio manager? “Big data” researchers have found that mining Google search terms related to finance and plugging that data into an investment strategy would have outperformed all but the world’s greatest stock pickers over an eight-year stretch ending in 2011.

The Atlantic

As investigators try to figure out what happened today during the bombings at the Boston Marathon, they'll turn to video taken at the scene of the explosions.

In addition to any closed-circuit television cameras lining Boylston Street and its surroundings, The Bureau Chief of Public Information, Cheryl Fiandaca, called for members of the public to send in video from near the finish line.

Once the police have the prospective evidence in hand, they'll need to run forensic analysis on it....Right now, there is no video software that can do this type of analysis, not even in a first-pass way. IARPA (DARPA for the intelligence services) put out a call for proposals in 2010 for this kind of "Automated Low-level Analysis and Description of Diverse Intelligence Video." It described, in brief, the problem that investigators (or intelligence analysts) face...