Working together

Human and Machine Intelligence

We lead multidisciplinary research to perceive, decide, act, and team well beyond what is possible through human cognition alone, specifically focusing on AI exploration, AI vulnerabilities and defenses, biological intelligence, contextual intelligence, and teaming at the speed of thought.

Program Manager: Michael Wolmetz
Assistant Program Manager: Marisa Hughes

Focus Areas

AI Exploration

iconExploring fundamentally new AI concepts, applications, and research vectors

To enable the continued rapid pace of AI innovation, our work explores new concepts for data, learning, and computing, new cognitive paradigms, and new ways of integrating technologies for emerging applications such as AI for scientific discovery and complex design.

AI Vulnerabilities and Defenses

iconEnabling safe and assured AI for adversarial and sensitive contexts

For every new national security application of AI that comes online, critical vulnerabilities closely follow. Our research focuses on the structure and dynamics of intelligent systems to identify, detect, and mitigate critical vulnerabilities, adversarial and otherwise, within the much broader AI safety landscape.

Biological Intelligence

Cognitive connections in the brainResearching neurally and cognitively inspired algorithms and architectures

The mind and brain have been the state of the art in intelligence for over 500 million years. We perform targeted research at the intersection of neuroscience, cognitive science, and computer science in pursuit of more capable and resource-efficient artificial intelligence.

Contextual Intelligence


Advancing dynamic, multimodal reasoning for real-world decisions

Realizing the potential of AI for mission impact requires intelligent systems that can synthesize knowledge—from text and speech across languages to digital signals across sensing modalities—and reason flexibly about the world.

Teaming at the Speed of Thought


Developing human-AI teaming to perceive, decide, and act well beyond human cognition alone

As AI continues to advance, human operators will increasingly become the weakest links in the intelligent systems they rely on. To take greatest advantage of the growing capabilities, we are developing neural interfaces and cognitive teaming approaches to interact with technology, each other, and our environment in new ways.