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Proposer's Day Notice for the IARPA Knowledge Representation in Neural Systems (KRNS) Program

Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-12-05
Agency: Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Office: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Location: IARPA1
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Added: Jun 15, 2012 5:50 pm
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Proposers' Day Announcement for the Knowledge Representation in Neural Systems (KRNS)Program
Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-12-05
Agency: Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Office: Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers' Day for the Knowledge Representation in Neural Systems (KRNS) Program on July 12, 2012, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation in support of the program. The Proposers' Day will be held from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the event will be to provide information on KRNS, to address questions from potential proposers, and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities and find potential team partners. This announcement serves as a pre-solicitation notice and is issued solely for information and planning purposes. The Proposers' Day does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. Attendance is voluntary and is not required to propose to future solicitations (if any) associated with this program.


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION AND GOALS
When making sense of intelligence data, analysts rely on rich repertoires of conceptual knowledge to resolve ambiguities, make inferences, and draw conclusions. Conceptual knowledge refers to knowledge about the general properties of an entity (e.g., an apple is edible) as well as its relationships to other entities (e.g., an apple is associated with orchards, grocery stores, etc.). Understanding how the human brain represents conceptual knowledge is a step toward building new analysis tools that acquire, organize and wield knowledge with unprecedented proficiency. Moreover, such understanding may lead to the development of novel techniques for training intelligence analysts and linguists.

The goal of the KRNS Program is to develop and rigorously evaluate theories that explain how the human brain represents conceptual knowledge. In part the evaluation will rest on how well concepts can be interpreted from neural activity patterns using algorithms derived from the theories. In addition to new theories and algorithms, KRNS seeks the development of innovative protocols for evoking and measuring concept-related neural activity using neural imaging methods such as (but not limited to) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG).


Whereas previous research has examined the neural representations of single concepts in isolation, the KRNS Program seeks to greatly expand our understanding of how the brain represents combinations of concepts (e.g., how the neural representation of "the student was bored with the book" differs from the neural representations of the individual concepts "student," "bored," and "book"). A wide range of concept types is of interest in KRNS, from the concrete to the abstract, including: animate and inanimate objects; actions; physical and temporal settings; events; social roles; social interactions; emotions; properties; conditions.


Collaborative efforts/teaming among potential performers are strongly encouraged. It is anticipated that teams will be multidisciplinary, including personnel with expertise in areas such as neuroscience, cognitive science, machine learning and linguistics. IARPA anticipates that universities and companies from around the world will participate in this research. Researchers will be able to publish their findings in peer-reviewed academic journals.


REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Attendees must register no later than 5:00 pm ET, July 5, 2012, at the following website: https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=KRNS11E. Directions to the facility and other materials are available on the website. No walk-in registrations will be allowed. Due to space limitations, attendance will be limited to the first 140 registrants and to no more than two representatives per organization. All attendees will be required to present a government-issued photo identification to enter the facility. Foreign nationals will need to present a passport.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The late morning and afternoon will include Presentation & Poster sessions to provide an opportunity for attendees to present their organizations' capabilities and to explore teaming arrangements. Details on the presentation and poster formats, and the procedure for submitting a request to present, will be provided after approval to register for the event has been granted. Time available for presentations and posters will be limited. Therefore, presentations will be limited to the first 15 registered respondents who request an oral presentation, and posters will be limited to the first 12 registered respondents who request a poster presentation. These presentations are not intended to solicit feedback from the Government, and Government personnel will not be present during the presentations.


This Proposers' Day is intended for participants who are eligible to compete on the anticipated BAA. Other Government Agencies, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), and University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) will not be eligible to submit proposals to the anticipated BAA or participate as team members under proposals submitted by eligible entities. While such entities are not prohibited from attending the Proposers' Day, due to space limitations, preference will be given first to those organizations that are eligible to compete.


IARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred to participate in this event.


Questions concerning event & registration can be sent to dni-iarpa-events@ugov.gov.


Questions regarding the program can be sent to dni-iarpa-baa-12-05@ugov.gov.



Contracting Office Address:
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, District of Columbia 20511
United States


Primary Point of Contact:
Brad Minnery,
Program Manager
dni-iarpa-baa-12-05@ugov.gov

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Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, District of Columbia 20511
United States
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