Adam Russell: IARPA, Air Force Researchers to Evaluate Trust’s Role in Intell Missions

cloud securityThe Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity and Air Force Research Laboratory are partnering to examine algorithms for predicting whether someone can rely on his or her partner to act in a trustworthy manner.

IARPA and the AFRL aim to use data acquired from the TRUST program that launched in 2010 for the new INSTINCT Program with the goal of growing knowledge of human interactions involving trust and trust worthiness, IARPA said Thursday.

“Trust plays a fundamental role in many human relationships, organizations, and behaviors,” said Adam Russell, an IARPA program manager.

“Knowing who can be trusted is essential for everyday interactions and is especially vital for many intelligence community missions and organizations.”

“INSTINCT” is the acronym being used for the Investigating Novel Statistical Techniques to Identify Neurophysiological Correlates of Trustworthiness program.

For INSTINCT, IARPA and the AFRL will look to challenge “solvers” to train and test their algorithms against sample data, then submit predictions for an evaluation data set.

A $25,000 prize will go to the team with the algorithm that produces the most accurate predictions, $15,000 for second place and $10,000 for third.

Final submissions are due by May 5 with eligibility set for U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

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