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CREATE: CROWDSOURCING EVIDENCE, ARGUMENTATION, THINKING AND EVALUATION
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) will host a Proposers’ Day Conference for the Crowdsourcing Evidence, Argumentation, Thinking and Evaluation (CREATE) Program on June 30, 2015, in anticipation of the release of a new solicitation in support of the Program. The Conference will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The purpose of the Conference will be to provide introductory information on CREATE and the research problems that the Program aims to address, to respond to questions from potential proposers, and to provide a forum for potential proposers to present their capabilities and identify potential team partners. 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.
BACKGROUND AND PROGRAM GOALS
CREATE aims to improve analytic thinking by combining structured reasoning techniques with crowdsourcing. CREATE will develop and test methods to help dispersed groups of individuals identify and evaluate the structure and content of arguments in relation to alternative hypotheses. Intelligence analysts, along with professionals in other fields, assess competing hypotheses in light of multiple considerations, including reasons, evidence and assumptions. Reasons and evidence often differ in credibility and diagnosticity. CREATE will develop (1) structured methods to elicit and aggregate the elements of an argument and (2) ways to crowdsource the use of these methods, so that many individuals can collectively develop and refine an argument. The methods will be capable of treating reasoning involving quantitative and qualitative information. The CREATE Program expects to draw upon the strengths of academia and industry through collaborative teaming. It is anticipated that teams will be multidisciplinary and might include social and behavioral scientists, experts in informal logic, and computer scientists.
Attendees must register no later than 6:00 pm EDT, June 23, 2015 at
Directions to the Conference facility and other materials will be provided upon registration. No walk-in registrations will be allowed.
Due to space limitations, attendance will be limited to the first 250 registrants. If there are more registrants than available seats, priority will be given to the first two registrants from each organization. All attendees will be required to present government-issued photo identification to enter the event. Non-U.S. citizens will be required to present passports.
The afternoon will include unclassified presentations and poster sessions to provide an opportunity for attendees to present their organizations’ capabilities and to explore teaming arrangements. Attendees who wish to present organization capabilities for teaming opportunities may submit a request through the registration website. 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 Conference 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 15 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), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), or any other similar organizations that have a special relationship with the Government, that gives them access to privileged or proprietary information, or access to Government equipment or real property, will not be eligible to submit proposals to the anticipated BAA nor 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. Questions concerning Conference and registration can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding the program can be sent to email@example.com.
Contracting Office Address:
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Washington, DC 20511
Primary Point of Contact:
Program Manager, IARPA