IARPA in the News

MSU News

S2 Corporation, of Bozeman, and Montana State University’s Spectrum Lab, announce the award of a $1 million dollar, 12-month research contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, IARPA, to develop an efficient, high-data rate photonic computational engine for 2-D image processing. Applications include virus detection in streaming digital data, key features search for computer vision, and queries in massive unindexed databases.



Behind a lot of the technology we take for granted in our lives—the satellite mapping behind Google Maps, or the voice recognition software behind your iPhone’s Siri—lie not just inventive tech companies, but the sclerotic old federal government. Across the country, Washington funds a network of advanced—sometimes secret, often underappreciated—government laboratories dedicated to blue-sky, “what-the-hell” research at the frontiers of science and technology. ... Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Established: 2006 Budget: not available Description: This undercover lab, nicknamed “DARPA for spies,” is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and develops ideas that could give an edge to the U.S. Intelligence community, including tools that can feel straight out of the latest James Bond film.

Breaking Defense

GEOINT: Think about technology to identify suicide bombers and high value targets who’ve been blown to bits without using DNA. The Intelligence Community’s version of DARPA, IARPA, is doing just that with a program designed to use proteins from hair and keratin (which makes up much of the outer layer of human skin) when DNA is too old or too hard to find.

Trajectory Magazine

“Boston. Brussels. Paris. London. Manchester. These are just some of the cities that have experienced terrorist attacks in the last few weeks or years, resulting in tragic loss of life,” said IARPA Deputy Director Stacey Dixon during her GEOINT Foreword keynote Sunday, the morning after a terror spree struck London....“What if we had more warning that something was about to happen just based on the activities and behaviors of the perpetrators,” she said. “Would that be helpful? Very much so.”


Defense One

The Facebook algorithm that auto-tags people in photographs might be slightly creepy, but also of interest to the intelligence community....The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s “Face Recognition Prize Challenge” seeks algorithms that can accurately and quickly match a photo found in passive footage to another of the same individual from a gallery, as well as systems that can verify, or match, two images of the same person while rejecting photos of other individuals.



Machine learning and artificial intelligence are needed to bridge the gap between the volume of government intelligence data and the number of people capable of analyzing it, according to Jason Matheny, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA).

IEEE Systems

Today’s artificial intelligence systems can destroy human champions at sophisticated games like chess, Go, and Texas Hold ’em. In flight simulators, they can shoot down top fighter pilots. They’re surpassing human doctors with more precise surgical stitching and more accurate cancer diagnoses. But there are some situations when a 3-year-old can easily defeat the fanciest AI in the world: when the contest involves a type of learning so routine that humans don’t even realize they’re doing it....The five-year program, funded to the tune of US $100 million by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), keeps a tight focus on the visual cortex, the part of the brain where much visual-information processing occurs.