IARPA & the BRAIN Initiative

The acronyms for the four BRAIN Initiative related IARPA programs are ICArUS. MICrONS, KRNS, and SHARP.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) invests in high-risk, high-payoff research programs to tackle some of the most difficult challenges of the agencies and disciplines in the Intelligence Community (IC). IARPA does not have an operational mission and does not deploy technologies directly to the field. Instead, IARPA facilitates the transition of research results to our IC customers for operational application.

ICArUS, an IARPA program

The focus of the Integrated Cognitive- Neuroscience Architectures for Understanding Sensemaking (ICArUS) Program is to understand and model how humans engage in the sensemaking process, both during optimal and suboptimal (biased) performance. Of particular interest are cognitive biases related to attention, memory, and decision making.

Sensemaking refers to the remarkable human ability to detect patterns in data, and to infer the underlying causes of those patterns - even when the data are sparse, noisy, and uncertain.

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