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IARPA Announces Face Recognition Prize Challenge

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced today that it has launched the Face Recognition Prize Challenge—“FRPC”—in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The challenge aims to improve recognition of face images acquired without capture constraints—unconstrained images captured in the “wild.”

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IARPA Announces Publication of Data from the Good Judgment Project

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced that forecasting data collected during IARPA’s Aggregative Contingent Estimation—ACE—program by team Good Judgment is now available for use by the public and the research community via https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/gjp. This data set includes millions of forecasts made by participants over the four years of the ACE forecasting competition and led to many noteworthy findings regarding the accuracy of human judgment about geopolitical events, including the finding that averaging the most historically accurate forecasters outperforms individual forecasters.

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IARPA Launches "RAVEN" Program To Develop Rapid Integrated Circuit Imaging Tools

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced today the Rapid Analysis of Various Emerging Nano-electronics—“RAVEN”—program, a multi-year research effort to develop tools to rapidly image current and future integrated circuit chips

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IARPA Launches "MAEGLIN" Program To Develop Low-Power, Autonomous Chemical Identification Systems

Washington – The Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced the launch of the Molecular Analyzer for Efficient Gas-phase Low-power Interrogation—“MAEGLIN”—program, a multi-year research effort to ultimately develop a compact system capable of unattended environmental sampling and chemical identification with minimal (preferably no) consumables. If successful, the technology developed under the program would enable multi-year chemical monitoring of hard-to-access sites without the need of maintenance, reagent replenishing, or other activities that would require regular human intervention.

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IARPA Launches "QEO" Program To Develop Quantum Enhanced Computers

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced today that it has embarked on a multi-year research effort to develop special-purpose algorithms and hardware that harness quantum effects to surpass conventional computing. Practical applications include more rapid training of machine learning algorithms, circuit fault diagnostics on larger circuits than possible today, and faster optimal scheduling of multiple machines on multiple tasks. If successful, technology developed under the Quantum Enhanced Optimization—“QEO”—program will provide a plausible path to performance beyond what is possible with today’s computers.

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IARPA Launches "CREATE" Program To Improve Reasoning Through Crowdsourcing

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced today a multi-year research effort to develop and test large-scale, structured collaboration methods to improve reasoning. If successful, the Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation—“CREATE”—program will improve analysts’ and decision makers’ understanding of the evidence and assumptions that support—or conflict with—their conclusions.

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IARPA Announces the "Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge" To Develop Next Generation Fingerprints 

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, today launches the “Nail to Nail Fingerprint Challenge.” The challenge aims to improve live and forensic biometric fingerprint recognition by improving biometric fingerprint collection and recognition systems, eliminating plain fingerprint captures.

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Former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Scientist Charged for Fraud Relating to Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Research Program

WASHINGTON – On Dec. 20, 2016, the Honorable Jeffrey S. White, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of California, sentenced Dr. S. Darin Kinion, a former Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientist, to 18 months in prison for submitting false data and reports with the purpose of defrauding the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) of $3.3 million intended for a quantum computing research program.

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IARPA Announces Winners of the Multi-View 3D Mapping Challenge

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announced that they have selected the winners of the Multi-View Stereo 3D Mapping Challenge.

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IARPA Announces BBN ACCENT Release to the Research Community

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, today announced the public release of the Accurate Events from Natural Text technology. IARPA funded the public release of the ACCENT software to spur increased activity in the research community. ACCENT is a state-of-the-art automated event coder capable of identifying nearly 300 types of socio-political events in text (news articles, blog posts, etc.).

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