2016 Year in Review

IARPA had a record year in 2016, including:

  • 12 new multi-year research programs covering diverse technical fields, including biosecurity, chemical sensors, underwater autonomy, biometrics, video analysis, and machine translation
  • 2 new public challenges offering cash prizes to innovators across the country
  • 46 technical workshops with over 2,700 attendees
  • Over 250 peer-reviewed publications from IARPA-funded research
  • 22 transition agreements to transfer IARPA-funded technologies to other Government agencies
Highlights from IARPA-funded research include:
  • IARPA’s MQCO program set multiple world records in quantum computing, including encoding the world’s largest system of individually controllable neutral-atom qubits, and the most advanced multi-quantum-dot-qubit platform. MQCO has resulted in more than 500 publications, 46 of which were in Nature or Science, 24 patents, and work that contributed to the Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • As part of the President’s BRAIN Initiative, IARPA funded multi-disciplinary research to advance our understanding of cognition and computation in the brain. IARPA’s MICrONS program is funding research to improve the performance of neural networks by reverse-engineering the structure and function of the cortex. IARPA’s SHARP program  investigates the potential to improve cognition using a combination of cognitive training and noninvasive neuro-stimulation.
  • The White House selected IARPA as a foundational research and development agency for the National Strategic Computing Initiative. IARPA’s C3 program leads the world in the development of superconducting electronics for logic and memory, and is laying the groundwork for energy-efficient supercomputers.
  • IARPA’s Babel program developed a process for building a new speech recognition system for any language in less than a week.
  • IARPA’s Aladdin Video program developed tools that can search through large volumes of video, without keywords, using only the content of the videos.
  • IARPA’s Janus program leads the world in facial recognition under real-world conditions of off-pose, low-quality, obstructed images.
  • IARPA’s TIC program demonstrated that split-manufacturing can be used to securely produce microelectronics at substantial cost-savings.
  • IARPA’s ACE program  demonstrated that crowdsourcing can reduce the error of geopolitical forecasts by more than 50%.
  • IARPA’s OSI program developed automated tools that provide early warning of societal instability and disease outbreaks, a week or more earlier than traditional methods.
  • IARPA’s CAT program provided state-of-the-art circuit analysis tools to the Counterfeit Detection Center (CDC) at Sandia National Laboratories.
  • IARPA’s Multi-View Stereo 3D Mapping Challenge rewarded solvers who were able to convert satellite images into accurate 3D point-clouds, attracting over 1,000 registrants and 248 submissions.

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