IARPA announces Proposers’ Day for MOSAIC
On June 28, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity posted a Proposers’ Day Notification for Multimodal Objective Sensing to Assess Individuals with Context (MOSAIC) (Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-16-10).
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers’ Day conference for the MOSAIC program on August 2, 2016, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation. The conference will be held from 9 am to 4 pm EDT in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the conference will be to provide information on the MOSAIC program and the research problems the program aims to address, to address questions from potential proposers and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities for teaming opportunities.
This announcement serves as a pre-solicitation notice and is issued solely for information and planning purposes. The Proposers’ Day Conference does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. Conference attendance is voluntary and is not required to propose to future solicitations (if any) associated with this program. IARPA will not provide reimbursement for any costs incurred to participate in this Proposers’ Day.
Selecting and evaluating a workforce that is well-suited for the psychological and cognitive demands of the diverse positions across the Intelligence Community (IC) is an important and persistent need. This is growing in importance as the pace and complexity of the challenges facing the IC workforce grow and expand. Methods that enhance our ability to evaluate an individual’s psychological drivers, cognitive abilities, and mental wellness and resilience will enable improved capabilities to select the right person for the right job, evaluate and help maintain optimal performance throughout their career, and better understand and anticipate changes in an individual that may impact their work effectiveness, productivity, and overall health and wellness.
To address this challenge, the MOSAIC program aims to take advantage of multimodal mobile, worn, and carried sensors and the corresponding data to enable the measurement of an individual in situ, throughout their daily activities, using an aggregate of behavior, physiology, social dynamics, physical location and proximity, as well as other novel data sources. Research in this program will aim to establish convergent validity of multimodal signals across a range of researcher-defined contexts and over time to enable accurate and personalized evaluations. It is anticipated that research teams will develop and test a suite of multimodal sensors to collect a range of subject-focused and situational data; build capabilities to develop an integrated model of the subject, their behaviors, and the social and physical context; and advance methods to personalize modeling approaches to develop accurate assessments of an individual over time.
MOSAIC is anticipated to be a two-phase program. Briefly, each phase will focus on the following, with progressively more challenging metrics:
• Implementation and testing of a suite of mobile, worn and/or carried sensors to measure the target constructs using data collected from diverse volunteer participants that provide informed consent to measure them during daily activities, along with more controlled data collection periods.
• Development of methods to measure a subject, their social environment, and physical surroundings to inform the interpretation of a subject’s own data.
• Advancement of methods to build automated and personalized assessments of the target constructs for each subject.
Full information is available here.