Intelligence analytics

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The Intelligence Analytics branch of National Security and ISR Division conducts research and development to improve the situation awareness of Australian intelligence analysts.

The branch combines data science and human science expertise to extract, fuse and disseminate meaningful content from data. The branch places an emphasis on unstructured linguistic data and the rich conceptual frameworks they encompass.

The success of the branch derives from the integration of highly multidisciplinary components. The branch distinctively addresses the Human Intelligence (HUMINT), Open Source intelligence (OSINT) and All-Source Intelligence (ASINT) aspects of the intelligence space.

Language technology and fusion

Our Language Technology and Fusion group develops analytical tools and techniques to assist analysts to process, analyse and manage their large volumes of unstructured and structured natural language content.

We also collaborate and share linguistic tools and resources with national and international partners to facilitate interoperability and collaboration.

The group conducts research in three particular areas: text analytics, speech and audio analytics and high-level information fusion.

Language Technology involves the design, development and testing of computational methods and computer software that are specialised in analysing, producing or modifying speech and textual data. These systems are based on linguistic knowledge of human languages and therefore rely on the development of linguistic models and resources. These tools and resources help the ingestion and merging of data for high-level information fusion enabling knowledge representation, fusion of heterogeneous data sources and automated reasoning under uncertainty.

Human and social modelling and analysis

Our Human and Social Modelling and Analysis group provides support to analysts to enhance understanding of threats arising from social conflict and terrorism and also to develop ways to improve analysts’ capabilities.

Some of the key science and technology (S&T) areas addressed within the group include social networks analysis, social media exploitation, research into the human factors of cyber security, the empirical evaluation of analyst tools and intelligence analyst decision-making work practices and culture.

Analytic interaction

Our Analytic Interaction group conducts applied research in human-computer interaction to support the efficient processing, structured analysis and collaborative assessment of all-source, including open-source, intelligence.

We engage actively with analysts to enhance existing and demonstrate new, analytic capabilities.

The group's visual analytics research is improving the integration between analysis algorithms and interaction techniques, as well as their scalability to large and diverse data sets.

Our longer range research in this area addresses novel visualisation and interaction challenges posed by the increasingly automated fusion of all-source intelligence.

Multi-intelligence analytics

Our Multi-Intelligence Analytics group is oriented toward the transition of intelligence capability into operational intelligence environments for Defence and national security stakeholders.

The emphasis is on delivery via a single, integrated and evolving intelligence fusion architecture, by which integrated intelligence requirements can be solicited and capabilities demonstrated.  

This group focuses on the S&T needed for next-generation multi-INT/intelligence integration capabilities, with an emphasis on the analyst and their analytic challenges.

Biometrics

Biometric authentication involves the identification of individuals by their physiological or behavioural traits. Examples include face recognition, fingerprints, DNA, iris, gait, voice and typing rhythm.

Our Biometrics group conducts research, development and trials of biometric systems, including both machine and human aspects.

Particular research areas comprise:

  • advanced statistical analysis of matchings results including the development of performance metrics and multimodal, multi-algorithm fusion
  • algorithm testing and development under different perturbations of biometric input, including image manipulation and atmospheric turbulence effects
  • human performance in biometric matching tasks and as operators of biometrics systems
  • human factor and environmental impacts on biometric system performance.

The group also has a role in demonstrating and transitioning new capabilities and providing advice to acquisition projects and national security exercises.

Key information

Areas of expertise:

  • text analytics
  • speech and audio analytics
  • information fusion
  • visual analytics
  • analytic content interfaces
  • human-computer environments
  • social and cultural analysis
  • behaviour and cognition
  • mathematical and statistical modelling