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NSE seminar: Applying Innovative Research to the Nation’s Most Challenging Intelligence Problems

Dr. Lisa Porter BS ’89
Friday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m. in 4-163

Dr. Lisa Porter has served in several senior technology leadership positions in the U.S. Government during the past decade, including as a senior scientist at DARPA, the Associate Administrator for the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate at NASA, and as the first director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.


The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) was established four years ago as an organization whose sole mission is to invest in high-risk/high-payoff research programs that have the potential to provide the U.S. with an overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries. In this talk, I will describe some of the major scientific and technological challenges facing the intelligence community (IC) in the coming years, and how IARPA is addressing them. I will then focus particularly on IARPA’s efforts to develop revolutionary capabilities that will enable the IC to provide timely and valuable insights from massive, disparate, unreliable, and dynamic data. Our research programs are not only tackling the challenge of processing enormous volumes of extremely noisy data, but are also exploring ways of improving the analytic process itself, particularly through innovative methods of understanding and mitigating the impact of cognitive bias.

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