Hunt Challenge 2020
In February-March 2020, the University of Melbourne’s Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research will hold an international analytic tournament.
Teams from the public will compete alongside teams of analysts from intelligence organisations to solve complex, realistic, intelligence-type problems.
The Hunt Challenge 2020 is intended for major intelligence organisations across the Five Eyes countries, but is open to other government or private organisations with intelligence functions, and interested individuals from the general public.
Partner with Hunt
The Hunt Laboratory is a research partner for Australian organisations seeking to improve analytical performance and productivity.
- Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary research team focused specifically on intelligence analysis
- Experience working with intelligence organisations and managing security issues, and
- An integrated research capability drawing on expertise from the University of Melbourne and other tertiary institutions, both in Australia and overseas.
What is the Hunt Lab?
The Hunt Lab is a research partner for Australian organisations seeking to improve analytical performance and productivity. Our team has expertise in experimental psychology, philosophy, data science, intelligence studies, and software development.
Hunt Lab is named in honour of Atlee Hunt, inaugural Secretary of the Department of External Affairs in 1901. Hunt established Australia’s first national intelligence capability.
Our Research Focus
The Swarm Project, with funding from the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), is the Hunt Lab’s primary research and development activity. The SWARM Project is pursuing fundamental advances in collaborative reasoning.
The Hunt Laboratory also works on research and development collaborations with the Australian Intelligence Community, other government agencies and the private sector.
Our current research areas include:
- Analytic reasoning
- Evaluation methods
- Cloud platforms
- Methodology (Structured Analytic Techniques, etc.)
- High performance teams
- Crowdsourcing Intelligence
Hunt Lab Bulletin & Reading Room
Read news from the world of intelligence analysis and related topics that crossed our desk this week, along with perennial readings that you shouldn’t have missed.
Tim van Gelder at the AIPIO National Forum 2019
Hunt Lab's Tim Van Gelder has been invited by the Australian Institute of Professional intelligence Officers to address their National Forum 2019. Tim will talk about open source intelligence; how intelligence agencies/communities are making greater use of OSINT and how this might develop into the future. This event will also officially launch the Hunt Challenge 2020 with the intelligence community. The …
Hunt Challenge 2020 Registrations Now Open
Commencing in the week of 12 February, the Hunt Challenge 2020 is a unique analytic tournament that pits professional intelligence analysts against public teams, solving a series of complex, intelligence style problems and preparing reports for judging by a panel of trained experts. Not only do organisations have the opportunity to benchmark themselves against peers and the public, it is a …
Watch Dr Richard de Rozario present the Hunt Lab's work on Citizen Intelligence at the University's Digital Politics seminar series.
The Challenge is Coming
In early November, registrations will open for the Hunt Challenge 2020. This event will mark the inaugural Hunt Challenge, following the successful trial of the event in 2018. This is a unique challenge, in that members of the public have the ability to test their raw analytical capability against the professionals from top organisations across Australia's Five Eyes network. Currently we are …