Prize Challenges

INSTINCT—IARPA’s Trustworthiness Challenge

The winners of the INSTINCT Challenge have been announced! For more information, click here.

How do you know if you can trust someone? Answering this question accurately is essential for society in general—but particularly so in the Intelligence Community (IC), where knowing whom to trust is often vital.

Who We Are: The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) TRUST program attempts to learn whether one’s own neural, psychological, physiological, and behavioral signals can reflect, and predict, a partner’s trustworthiness.

What We’re Doing: The Investigating Novel Statistical Techniques to Identify Neurophysiological Correlates of Trustworthiness (INSTINCT) Challenge asks members of the public to develop algorithms that improve predictions of trustworthiness, using neural, physiological, and behavioral data recorded during experiments in the TRUST program in which volunteers made high-stakes promises and chose whether or not to keep them.

Where We’re Doing This: Across the country—any US Citizen or resident, or any team with a US prime, is welcome to participate. We’re looking for solutions from analysts, statisticians, psychologists, neuroscientists, physiologists, machine learning programmers, and experts in disciplines we haven’t yet considered—anyone who thinks they might have a novel way of addressing this problem.

When We’re Doing This: The challenge opens February 19th, and accepts solutions through May 5th, 2014. Throughout the challenge period, solvers may submit algorithms for evaluation against our test dataset and revise them for resubmission. At the end of the competition period, up to 25 of the top scoring solutions (no more than one per solver) will be identified and invited to submit their algorithm and documentation for validation and award consideration.

Why We’re Doing This: Challenges are widely recognized as a cost-efficient way to gather cross-disciplinary solutions to difficult problems. With this, our first challenge, IARPA is continuing to address its mission to promote high-risk, high-payoff research. Challenges to stimulate breakthroughs in science and technology also support the White House’s Strategy for American Innovation, as well as government transparency and efficiency.

Why Participate? INSTINCT gives experts the opportunity to contribute to cross-disciplinary breakthroughs that will improve scientists’ understanding of human interaction, and eventually allow people everywhere to benefit from better information about who to trust under what circumstances. We’re offering up to 3 prizes: $25,000 for the algorithm that best predicts trustworthy behavior in our data, $15,000 for 2nd place, and $10,000 for 3rd place.

For more information, see the press release.

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