Space-based Machine Automated Recognition Technique (SMART)


Proposers' Day Conference

The Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers' Day conference for the Space-Based Machine Automated Recognition Technique (SMART) Program on 29 May 2019, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation in support of the program. The conference will be held from 9:00AM to 5:00PM EDT in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. The purpose of the conference will be to provide information on SMART and the research problems the program aims to address, answer questions from potential proposers, and provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities.

This announcement serves as a pre-solicitation notice and is issued solely for information and planning purposes. The Proposers' Day conference does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. Conference attendance is voluntary and is not required to propose to future solicitations (if any) associated with this program. IARPA will not provide reimbursement for any costs incurred to participate in this Proposers' Day.

Program Description and Goals

The SMART program’s primary objective is to develop tools and techniques to automatically and dynamically execute broad-area search (BAS) over diverse environments to detect construction and other anthropogenic activities (e.g., heavy building and highway construction) using time-series spectral imagery. The geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) community requires technologies that support end-to-end flow and provenance of the 5V Big data dimensions (i.e., volume, velocity, veracity, value, and variety) enabling decision-makers to understand the context and evaluate courses of action based on the veracity and value of data. Over the coming decades, U.S. and foreign governments and the commercial sector will continue to pioneer the use of space-based remote sensing to characterize, understand, and predict variability and trends on Earth’s surface for both research and applications. To date, the volume of GEOINT continues to grow, while analysts struggle with the volume, variety, and velocity of space-based data to support local, regional, and national decision-making.

Analysts seek to properly identify, categorize, and monitor building structures for GEOINT, but manual and spatial exploitation methods do not scale with the wave of data (e.g., Big Data) available from past, nor with expected Big Data from current and future, space-based systems. However, SMART’s purpose is not to rely only on spatial information, but develop capabilities in the multi–spectral and multi–temporal domains for analysts.

SMART seeks Offeror Teams to develop and deliver automated technology to enable a coordinated series of space-based observations for long-term BAS and dynamic monitoring (i.e., change detection) at global, regional, and local scales. This coordinated approach shall enable an improved understanding of anthropogenic activity across diverse geographical regions and environmental conditions as an integrated system within a framework based on spectral, temporal, and spatial fusion. SMART will quantify key technical data fusion issues relating to physics-based processing—dynamic aerosol modeling and correction, calibration, spectral characterization, and geo-registration for achieving harmonization and interoperability of space-based data.

SMART will specifically address the following overarching research questions:

  1. What accuracy can be achieved for detection and monitoring of anthropogenic processes, i.e., heavy construction activities, by fusing multi-sensor data and machine learning techniques?
  2. How efficient and effective in the construction life-cycle delineation are SMART innovations achieving optimal accuracy to independently classify construction sequences using time-series data?

Registration Information

Attendees must register no later than close of business on 22 May 2019, at Directions to the conference facility and other materials will be available on that website. No walk-in registrations will be allowed.

Due to space limitations, attendance will be limited to the first 150 registrants, and no more than two representatives per organization. All attendees will be required to present a government-issued photo identification to enter the conference. Foreign nationals will need to present a passport.

Additional Information

The unclassified morning session will include an overview of the program goals, technical challenges, and expected participation requirements. A description of how the solutions will be evaluated will be provided.

The afternoon will include unclassified presentation and poster sessions to provide an opportunity for attendees to present their organizations' capabilities and to explore teaming arrangements. Attendees who wish to present organization capabilities for teaming opportunities may submit a request through the registration web site. Details on the presentation and poster formats, and the procedure for submitting a request to present, will be provided after approval to register for the conference has been granted. Time available for presentations and posters will be limited. Therefore, presentations will be limited to the first 20 registered respondents who request an oral presentation, and posters will be limited to the first 20 registered respondents who request a poster presentation. These presentations are not intended to solicit feedback from the Government, and Government personnel will not be present during the presentations.

This Proposers' Day is intended for participants who are eligible to compete on the anticipated Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). Other government agencies, federally-funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), university-affiliated research centers (UARCs), or any other similar organizations that have a special relationship with the Government, that gives them access to privileged or proprietary information, or access to Government equipment or real property, will not be eligible to submit proposals to the anticipated BAA nor participate as team members under proposals submitted by eligible entities. While such entities are not prohibited from attending the Proposers' Day, due to space limitations, preference will be given first to those organizations that are eligible to compete. IARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred to participate in this conference.

Questions concerning conference & registration can be sent to Questions regarding the program can be sent to

Contracting Office Address

Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, DC 20511
United States

Primary Point of Contact

Dr. Torreon Creekmore
Program Manager, IARPA