Information Processing Techniques Office

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The Information Processing Techniques Office (IPTO) was part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency of the United States Department of Defense whose stated mission is:

[To] create a new generation of computational and information systems that possess capabilities far beyond those of current systems. These cognitive systems - systems that know what they're doing:

  • will be able to reason, using substantial amounts of appropriately represented knowledge;
  • will learn from their experiences and improve their performance over time;
  • will be capable of explaining themselves and taking naturally expressed direction from humans;
  • will be aware of themselves and able to reflect on their own behavior;
  • will be able to respond robustly to surprises, in a very general way.

It was combined with the Transformational Convergence Technology Office (TCTO) to form the Information Innovation Office (I2O) in 2010.

IPTO Research Projects[edit]

  • BICA: project to create "Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures"
  • Bootstrapped Learning: a project to bring about "instructable computing" by driving the creation of machine learning algorithms that are responsive to models of human-to-human instruction
  • LifeLog, an IPTO project "to trace the 'threads' of an individual's life in terms of events, states, and relationships" by creating "an ontology-based (sub)system that captures, stores, and makes accessible the flow of one person’s experience in and interactions with the world in order to support a broad spectrum of associates/assistants and other system capabilities."
  • FORESTER: a program to develop a helicopter-borne radar system that can detect soldiers and vehicles moving underneath foliage cover
  • VIRAT: analysis and storage of video surveillance data
  • Deep Green: U.S. Army battlefield decision-making support system
  • Heterogeneous Urban RSTA Team: aerial surveillance program designed to monitor cities with self-directed UAVs
  • High Productivity Computing Systems: project for developing a new generation of economically viable high productivity computing systems for national security and industry in the 2007 to 2010 timeframe

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