IARPA in the News

MSU Today

As you’re updating your cover photo on Facebook or plotting your next trip using Google Maps, probably the last thing on your mind is how much computer memory and energy you’re using. But it’s uppermost on the minds of scientists and researchers who work in the energy field. In a research project funded through the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity organization, several Michigan State University researchers, as well as scientists from Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., developed a superconducting magnetic memory element that has greatly reduced heat generation and power consumption compared to conventional alternatives.

The Varsity

While calculators can be helpful when tackling some math equations, they can’t compete with the complex thought processes of humans — at least, not yet. Dr. Richard Zemel and Dr. Raquel Urtasun of U of T’s Computer Science Department are trying to speed that research along; the two are working to build computers to think more like humans when it comes to processing data.


The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has issued a broad agency announcement to acquire ideas for the development of quantum annealing methods to solve complex optimization problems in enterprise operation.


With Americans increasingly using fingerprint recognition to secure everything from smartphones to U.S. borders, impostors are inventing some pretty creative ways to fake out biometric readers....A 4-year project just launched to develop artificial intelligence that should automatically detect spoofed fingertips, facial images and irises.

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.