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IARPA Kicks Off Research on Conceptual Knowledge; Brad Minnery Comments

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched a research project to explore the human brain’s conceptual knowledge in a move aimed at helping the intelligence community analyze data.

IARPA intends for the multi-year Knowledge Representation in Neural Systems program to identify how the brain organizes conceptual knowledge in order to build new tools and techniques for intelligence analysts and linguists, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Monday.

Brad Minnery, KRNS program manager at IARPA, said the program aims to help analysts examine large volumes of data using tools built based on the KRNS research.

“The unique focus of the KRNS program is on understanding how multiple types of conceptual knowledge are represented in our brains, because the ability of our intelligence analysts to tap into that knowledge is so essential for their work,” adds Minnery.

IARPA recently awarded KRNS-related contracts to a consortium of Carnegie Mellon University, Siemens, HRL Laboratories and Teledyne Scientific and Imaging through a Broad Agency Announcement process.

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