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IARPA preps for human-machine forecasting, design tools for superconducting computers

IARPA preps for human-machine forecasting, design tools for superconducting computers

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is hosting two proposers’ day conferences early next month in advance of new broad agency announcements.

The proposers’ day for the Hybrid Forecasting Competition program will be held Feb. 3; attendees must register by 5 p.m. EST on Jan. 27. The HFC will develop and test methods to optimize human/machine collaboration to more accurately forecast geopolitical and geoeconomic events. 

IARPA expects to draw on expertise from multidisciplinary teams from industry and academia to address:

  • Protocols that train human forecasters to optimally combine human and machine forecasts.
  • New predictive models that incorporate both machine data and human judgments
  • Algorithmic forecasting agents that interact with human forecasters or forecasts inside crowdsourced forecasting platforms.

The proposer’s day for the SuperTools program, meanwhile, will be held Feb. 16. The SuperTools program aims to develop a comprehensive set of electronic design automation tools to enable very-large-scale integration design of superconducting electronics that can be used to build a prototype superconducting computer. The program expects to focus on developing tools that will work within the requirements imposed by superconductivity

Attendees must register for that event no later than noon EST on Feb. 3.

Both conferences will provide introductory information on the projects, the issues each program aims to address and answer questions from potential proposers and team with other researchers. Each conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

Posted by Derek Major on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:44 PM


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