Director of US Intelligence's R&D Wing Engages Industry on Coming Challenges

Orlando, FL (May 24, 2016)--Interconnectivity defines the world of R&D in the twenty-first century. The rise of boundariless collaboration tools and open innovation practices has made it easier for professionals to work towards a common objective, but that openness has also exposed new vulnerabilities that must be handled properly. Jason Matheny, Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)—the R&D wing of the US intelligence community—spoke today at the Industrial Research Institute's (IRI) 2016 Annual Meeting about these threats and the opportunities for innovation they bring to industry.

“Government agencies are a tremendous resource to industry. Not only can we learn how they manage R&D differently under public budgets and political constraints, but we gain a new perspective on technology as we see the world through the eyes of their mission statement,” said Tom Kavassalis, IRI Board Chairman and Vice President of Strategy and Alliances at the Xerox Innovation Group. “Matheny’s insightful talk highlighted a great deal of opportunities and challenges present in areas that affect a great many of us in ways we’re only beginning to understand.”

IARPA has funded scientific research in areas as diverse as machine learning, human judgment, neuroscience, epidemiology, cybersecurity, linguistics, and high-performance computing. It is considered a high-risk, high-return organization dedicated to pushing scientific boundaries across disciplines. Notable research projects partially funded by IARPA include quantum computing and superconducting computing. The research generated by IARPA is fueling discovery in many of these fields and it is a relatively new agency, having existed for less than a decade. Under the direction of Matheny, IARPA’s primary goal is to be open and accessible to industry and academia in hopes of drawing in expertise from both.

About the Industrial Research Institute (IRI)

The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is an organization of 200+ industrial and service companies having a common interest in the effective management of technological innovation. IRI member companies span diverse industries and represent a substantial portion of our nation’s gross domestic product. IRI is the only cross-industry organization creating innovation leadership solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation. For more information, call 703-647-2580 or visit www.iriweb.org.