Jason Matheny speaks during an American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law and National Security breakfast at the University Club in Washington, D.C., in February. (photo by Brian Murphy, ODNI Public Affairs)
Stacey Dixon participates in the Future Today Summit at the 92nd Street Y in New York City last December. (courtesy photo)

Welcoming a crowd

Jason Matheny checks his work phone while a cameraman hooks him up for sound prior to filming a segment for HBO’s VICE News Tonight in Arlington, Virginia, March 21. (photo by Brian Murphy, ODNI Public Affairs)

“No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for somebody else. I think that’s especially true in domains like science and engineering where expertise is widely distributed.”

- Jason Matheny, IARPA’s director

Stacey Dixon gives remarks during Wheaton High School’s graduation ceremony in Silver Spring, Maryland. Before coming to IARPA, Dixon served as National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s deputy director of innoVision, where she oversaw research and development for geospatial intelligence. (NGA photo by Kevin Clark)

“The best ideas and the smartest folks are not necessarily in the IC, so how can you leverage the information and the people that are outside the IC to benefit our intelligence mission.”

- Stacey Dixon, IARPA’s deputy director

Accepting failure

IARPA representatives hold an Aladdin program demonstration in Tysons Corner, Virginia, last September. (photos by Brian Murphy, ODNI Public Affairs)

Aladdin Video program

Aladdin program poster.
Prospective users test drive the Aladdin program during a demonstration held in Tysons Corner, Virginia, last September. (photo by Brian Murphy, ODNI Public Affairs)
IARPA representatives hold a Finder program demonstration held in Tysons Corner, Virginia, last September. (photos by Brian Murphy, ODNI Public Affairs)

Finder program

Mark Giglio gives a program overview during a Finder Program demonstration in Tysons Corner, Virginia, last September. (photo by Brian Murphy, ODNI Public Affairs)

“If the odds are better than half that it’ll be successful, then we probably shouldn’t be funding it because our mission is to go after the hardest problems.”

- Jason Matheny, IARPA’s director

This is a 3D modeling example of actor Tom Hanks rendered using multiple lighting conditions. These images, which were rendered by Vision Systems Inc., are used to train the Janus program’s recognition system. (courtesy image)

Janus program

Jason Matheny speaks on preparing for the future of artificial intelligence during Bloomberg Next, held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., last November. (photo by Charles Carithers, IARPA Public Affairs)

Moving forward

  • 46 technical workshops with over 2,700 attendees
  • 12 new multi-year research programs covering diverse technical fields, including biosecurity, chemical sensors, underwater autonomy, biometrics, video analysis and machine translation
  • 2 new public challenges offering cash prizes to innovators across the country
  • Over 250 peer-reviewed publications from IARPA-funded research
  • 22 transition agreements to transfer IARPA-funded technologies to other government agencies

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