IARPA in the News

HPCwire

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.

Forbes

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.

Knowledge@Wharton

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.

NextGov

Emerging tech agency the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's Office of Smart Collection is soliciting proposals for "means for collecting information from previously inaccessible sources" and "ways to ensure the veracity of data collected from a variety of sources," according to a new announcement.

Intelligence Community News

On May 11, the Intelligence Advance Research Projects Activity (IARPA) posted the following broad agency announcement (BAA) (Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-15-01). IARPA's Office of Smart Collection is soliciting proposals for research that will maximize insight from the information the Intelligence Community collects, in a timely fashion. This funding opportunity will close on May 10, 2016.

Intelligence Community News

...IARPA is soliciting proposals for research that will maximize insight from the information the Intelligence Community collects, in a timely fashion (Solicitation Number: IARPA-BAA-15-02). The BAA’s closing date is May 10, 2016; however, proposals are encouraged at any time during the BAA’s open period.

EE Times

...Another way to store qubits is in traps where quantum information is encoded on ion atoms by lasers. Georgia Tech Research Institute and Honeywell International demonstrated this week a new ion-trap architecture that multiplies by the number of ion traps a chip can hold. The qubits contained in the traps and read and written with scanning lasers.

The researchers said their new micro-fabrication technique also had applications in making other atomic-scale devices such as sensors, magnetometers and chip-scale atomic clocks.

Funding was provided by the U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) program.