IARPA Announces PICARD Program Kickoff

February 23, 2024 • An article posted to Intelligence Community News detailed the announcement from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) of the Pursuing Intelligent Complex Aerosols for Rapid Detection (PICARD) Project kickoff, which took place on February 21, 2024. Signature Science is a proud member of the project team.

From the article:

“The Pursuing Intelligent Complex Aerosols for Rapid Detection (PICARD) program aims to develop in situ and standoff sensing platforms to identify complex aerosols of non-uniform sizes, chemical composition, and structure in the presence of pollutants, wind, dust, pollen and even volcanic ash.

‘Identifying the chemicals in aerosol particles is a particularly hard problem due to dynamic environmental conditions and the way the chemicals mix and mold themselves into unique structures. For example, dust on the surface of a water droplet will change what the sensor sees,’ said PICARD Program Manager, Dr. Sherrie Pilkington. ‘Resulting technology from PICARD will enable the Intelligence Community to more rapidly and accurately detect dangerous chemical aerosols, which will markedly improve the mitigation of chemical threat agents and help protect personnel and U.S. citizens.'”

Read full article here.