IARPA to host CASE Participants’ Day
On July 5, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity announced a Participants’ Day workshop for the Credibility Assessment Standardized Evaluation (CASE) Prize Challenge (Solicitation Number: IARPA-RFI-18-05).
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Participants’ Day WebEx for the Credibility Assessment Standardized Evaluation (CASE) Prize Challenge on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:00 PM in anticipation of the launch of a new prize challenge. The WebEx will be held online and will provide information about the challenge in anticipation of its release, allowing potential participants to ask questions and receive community feedback.
This announcement serves as a pre-prize challenge notice and is issued solely for information and planning purposes. The official details of the prize challenge will be released at a later date. Participation in this WebEx is voluntary and is not required for challenge participation.
Knowing when someone is telling the truth plays a critical role in law enforcement and national security events, to include criminal investigations, screening new employees before hiring, and interviewing potential sources and witnesses. The polygraph is one tool that members of the Intelligence Community (IC) and law enforcement look to for help, but there is a long-standing debate among researchers and polygraph practitioners about the accuracy and reliability of this tool. How can we evaluate how good the polygraph is, and how much better new tools may be? The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), intends to launch the Credibility Assessment Standardized Evaluation (CASE) Challenge to address this critical question.
The goal of the CASE challenge is to develop novel procedures to evaluate the accuracy, reliability, and utility of current and future credibility assessment techniques and technologies, such as the polygraph. Credibility refers to the truthfulness of information and/or to the person providing that information. Assessments of credibility are often complex and may involve an evaluation of many factors of a person and/or their information, to include, but not limited to, veracity, trustworthiness, motivation, and considerations about what may be withheld or concealed. To evaluate the credibility of an individual and/or their information the IC and law enforcement often use human judgment and complement this with additional techniques and technologies, such as specific interviewing techniques or devices, like the polygraph, to record behavioral or physiological responses when someone responds to a question.
Full information is available here.