Research Programs

Below is a list of IARPA’s research. If there is a specific area of your interest that is not listed here, please contact one of our Program Managers for additional information. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your ideas for future research.

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ProgramResearch AreaProgram Manager
Aladdin Video Image, photograph, video, multimedia, computer vision, natural language processing, image processing, big data, video analytics, machine learning, speech processing Terry Adams
Babel Multilingual/multidialectal speech recognition, keyword search algorithms, speech recognition in noisy environments, low resource languages, rapid adaptation to new languages and environments, machine learning Carl Rubino
C3 Advanced/alternative computing technologies, superconducting microelectronics Marc Manheimer
CAUSE Cybersecurity, cyber-event forecasting, cyber-actor behavior and cultural understanding, threat intelligence, threat modeling, cyber-event coding, cyber-kinetic event detection Robert Rahmer
CORE3D Multi-view satellite image processing, multi-modal information fusion, deep learning, remote sensing, photogrammetry, image segmentation and classification, multispectral imagery processing, and geospatial volumetric 3D data representation methods Hakjae Kim
CREATE Logic, human judgment, critical thinking, forecasting, machine learning Steven Rieber
DIVA Machine learning, deep learning or hierarchical modeling, artificial intelligence, object detection, recognition, person detection and re-identification, person action recognition, video activity detection, tracking across multiple non-overlapping camera viewpoints, 3D reconstruction from video, super-resolution, stabilization, statistics, probability and mathematics  Terry Adams
Finder Geolocation, localization, geospatial fusion, data fusion, machine learning, big data, image processing, image, photograph, video, multimedia, computer vision, natural language processing Hakjae Kim
Fun GCAT Bioinformatics, DNA sequence screening, functional genomics, systems biology, infectious disease, and synthetic biology John Julias
FUSE Technical emergence, text analytics, knowledge discovery, big data, social network analysis, natural language processing, forecasting, machine learning Robert Rahmer
HFC Forecasting, human judgment, machine learning, decision making, human/machine interfaces, text analysis  Seth Goldstein
HFGeo Communication systems, ionosphere, antennas, geolocation, electromagnetics, radio frequency Torreon Creekmore
Janus Computer vision, image processing, pattern recognition, biometrics, facial recognition, identity intelligence, computer graphics Chris Boehnen
KRNS Knowledge discovery, brain, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, cognitive bias, judgment, decision making, behavioral science, human factors, training, tradecraft, data sense-making, linguistics, language, semantics, culture R. Jacob Vogelstein

Advanced/alternative computing platforms, quantum information sciences, qubit systems

Brad Blakestad
MAEGLIN Liquid and gas chromatography, flow cytometry, ion mobility spectrometry, preconcentrators and sorbants, ionization techniques, mass spectrometry, MEMS technology, microfluidics, computational fluid dynamics, signature library construction and use, clutter detection, multicomponent fits, basis set transformations, micro vacuum pump technology, low power electronics, device SWAP optimazation, regenerative energy sources and energy harvesting techiques. Kristy DeWitt
MATERIAL Natural language processing, machine translation, cross-lingual information retrieval, domain recognition and adaptation, multilingual ontologies, Multilingual speech recognition, cross-lingual summarization, keyword search algorithms, low resource languages, automatic language identification, machine learning, rapid adaptation to new languages, domains and genres  Carl Rubino
Mercury SIGINT analytics, event forecasting, machine learning, streaming data, data fusion, disease outbreak Kristen Jordan
MICrONS Theoretical neuroscience, computational neuroscience, machine learning, connectomics, brain activity mapping R. Jacob Vogelstein
MOSAIC Behavioral science, cognitive psychology, human performance, mobile computing, context sensing, signal processing, data fusion, machine learning, data privacy and security Alexis Jeannotte
Odin Biometrics, presentation attack, machine learning, computer vision  Chris Boehnen
QEO Quantum annealing, combinatorial optimization, quantum error correction, non-stoquastic quantum interactions, multi-spin entanglement, classical annealing, Quantum Monte Carlo, population annealing, parallel tempering, adaptive annealing schedules with measurement feedback  Karl Roenigk
RAVEN Microelectronics, nondestructive analysis, nanoscale imaging, hardware assurance Carl McCants
SCITE Engineering enterprises that detect low probability events with low accuracy sensors, innovative research methods to evaluate analytic and forecasting tradecraft, innovative statistical methods to estimate performance of systems addressing complex analysis and forecasting problems, scientific research on organizational lessons-learned methods, evidence-based forecasting methods, inductive logic, probabilistic reasoning and its application to analytic tradecraft Paul Lehner
SHARP Cognition, psychometrics, fluid reasoning and intelligence, neuroscience, human performance Alexis Jeannotte
SILMARILS Chemical detection and identification (including standoff, remote, and ultra-compact/low power approaches), spectroscopy/spectrometry/chromatography, optical sensors, novel laser designs, frequency combs, nonlinear optics, fiber optic sensors/lasers/devices Kristy DeWitt
SLiCE Communication systems, geolocation, electromagnetics, radio frequency Jeff Weinschenk
SuperTools Superconducting electronics, advancements/alternatives to semiconductor-based exo-scale computing, cryogenic computing Mark Heiligman
TIC Cybersecurity and information assurance, hardware assurance, microelectronics Carl McCants
UnderWatch Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), associated technology enablers Jeff Weinschenk
VirtUE Computer virtualization, operating systems, cyber security, vulnerability analysis, insider threat remediation and detection, active defense, big data analytics, sensor fusion, user interfaces, anomalous event detection Kerry Long

Past Research

ProgramResearch Area
ACE Forecasting, human judgment, machine learning, logic, critical thinking
ATHENA Cybersecurity
BEST Biometrics, facial recognition, sensors, perception
BIC Weapons of mass destruction, chemical/biological warfare, human biomarkers, emerging biotechnologies
CAT Cybersecurity and information assurance, hardware assurance, microelectronics 
CSQ Advanced/alternative computing platforms, quantum coherence, coherent qubit, quantum information sciences
ForeST Forecasting, human judgment, machine learning, technical emergence, text analytics, big data, natural language processing
GHO Low acoustic aircraft propulsion, low acoustic power generators, novel access, sensors, perception
ICArUS Knowledge discovery, brain, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, cognitive bias, judgment, decision making, behavioral science, human factors, training, tradecraft, data sense-making
KDD Ontologies, alignment, information extraction, clustering, natural language processing, social network analysis, summarization, query expansion, document similarity, machine learning
MQCO Advanced/alternative computing platforms, quantum information sciences, qubit systems 
Metaphor Natural language processing, cognitive science, cognitive linguistics, conceptual metaphors, metaphors, culture, automatic cultural insights from metaphors
OSI Large/errorful data sets, forecasting, public health, machine learning
QCS Quantum information sciences
Reynard Social media, online games, virtual worlds, socio-cultural and linguistic factors
Sirius Analytic insight and productivity, serious games, judgment, decision making
SCIL Natural language processing, sociology of groups, sociolinguistics, group behavior, social groups, online interaction, social roles
SHO Usability of analytic products, visualization
SPAR Secure multiparty computation, private information retrieval, privacy and civil liberties protections
STONESOUP Cybersecurity and information assurance, software assurance, vulnerability detection and mitigation
TRUST Interpersonal trust, neurophysiology, behavioral science, advanced data analytics, social science