IARPA in the News

Government Technology

It’s not yet clear whether quantum computers will be a niche technology or universally applicable. But some in government clearly are aware of quantum computing's potential, given the Nov. 8, 2015 announcement by IBM that Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), an organization within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, awarded the company a multi-year grant to continue researching the building of quantum computers.


Led by IARPA and a part of the larger BRAIN Initiative, the MICrONS (Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks) project seeks to revolutionize machine learning by reverse engineering algorithms of the mammalian cortex.

Puget Sound Business Journal

Currently, computers have capabilities to do speech recognition, recognize faces and help analyze big data for biomedical research. But, in many ways these technologies are still primitive and do not learn the way real brains do, said Andreas Tolias, an associate neuroscience professor at Baylor.


Of all the fast and powerful computers in the world, our brain remains by far the most impressive. Now an interdisciplinary team of scientists, led by Baylor College of Medicine, aims to reveal the computational building blocks of our brain and use them to create smarter learning machines.... The program supporting this research is known as Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) and was envisioned and organized by Jacob Vogelstein, a neuromorphic engineer and program manager with IARPA.


The project is part of the Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks (MICrONS) program, which seeks to revolutionize machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of the brain.

EE Times

Known as public-key encryption, this encryption method—the most notable example being the popular Rivest-Shamir-Adleman (RSA) scheme —appears to be doomed by quantum computing, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge) theorists working with prototyping experts at the University of Innsbruck (Austria).


Seattle’s Allen Institute for Brain Science is in on a multimillion-dollar campaign to trace the connections between the neurons in a mouse’s brain and figure out what they do, well enough to create a 3-D wiring diagram. The five-year project – backed by the federal government’s Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, or IARPA – is aimed at reverse-engineering the way the brain processes information. The project is called Machine Intelligence From Cortical Networks, or MICRONS.