IARPA in the News 2015

American Institute of Physics

Quantum computers are in theory capable of simulating the interactions of molecules at a level of detail far beyond the capabilities of even the largest supercomputers today. Such simulations could revolutionize chemistry, biology and materials science, but the development of quantum computers has been limited by the ability to increase the number of quantum bits, or qubits, that encode, store and access large amounts of data.

In a paper published in the Journal of Applied Physics, a team of researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and Honeywell International have demonstrated a new device that allows more electrodes to be placed on a chip – an important step that could help increase qubit densities and bring us one step closer to a quantum computer that can simulate molecules or perform other algorithms of interest....

This work was funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA).


The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is accepting industry proposals that intend to research methods and tools for IARPA to gather data from multiple sources.

According to a broad agency announcement posted Monday on FedBizOpps, IARPA’s Office of Smart Collection looks to develop sensor and data transmission systems as well as multisource intelligence gathering techniques.


Engineers at IBM have developed a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip, which the company says will soon enable manufacturing of 100 Gb/s optical transceivers. The advance promises to offer a more economical way to move the huge amounts of data required for cloud computing and big data applications....

The photonics advance comes on the heels of another circuit breakthrough from Big Blue, which moves the needle towards the holy grail that is quantum computing....

The research, which was partly funded by IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity), is described in the April 29 issue of the journal Nature Communications.


In physics and chemistry, quantum computing could allow scientists to design new materials and drug compounds without expensive trial and error experiments in the lab, dramatically speeding up the rate and pace of innovation across many industries....

The work at IBM was funded in part by the IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) multi-qubit-coherent-operations program.


If you’ve ever seen an ad for an investment product, you’ve heard the phrase “past performance does not guarantee future results.” Because of course, it doesn’t. But that doesn’t stop businesses, governments, organizations and individuals from trying to predict the future. In an effort to improve our odds, a government research agency — the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA)– has been sponsoring annual competitions among university teams to devise better ways to measure and improve the art of forecasting world events.

Wharton marketing professor Barbara Mellers has been leading one of those teams — one that won the competition three years straight.

In this interview with Knowledge@Wharton, Mellers discusses her team’s findings, what makes some people better prognosticators, and how the best forecasters can be given a boost.