Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science
An institute of the Universities Space Research Association

News & Publications

BCG Announces Collaborations with NASA and USRA to Launch a Generative Artificial Intelligence Lab for Science and Engineering

April 18, 2024

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) announced strategic collaborations with NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to launch a generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) lab for science and engineering. Read more here.

High Performance Computing Request for Proposal

May 2021

The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is pleased to invite proposals for University-Led High Performance Computing (ULHPC) Research Projects, to be conducted in collaboration with the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Center at NASA’s Ames Research Center (see nas.nasa.gov). This call is open to all accredited universities and colleges in the U.S. acting on behalf of their faculty members.

USRA Q2B Applied NISQ Computing Paper Award

October 18, 2020

Submissions are open for the first USRA Q2B Applied NISQ Computing Paper Award. Every paper appeared as a preprint in 2020 is eligible for nomination. An additional cover letter/synopsis is required. Prize includes a featured invited presentation at Q2B conference and free compute time on a variety of quantum computing platforms. All info here.

Quantum Computing RFP

September 15, 2020

USRA, Standard Charted Bank and D-Wave announced that U.S Universities and Non-profit institutions can submit proposals for use of the D-Wave 2000Q quantum annealer hosted at NASA Ames. Proposals are sought effective immediately and can gain free compute time to be used until December 2020. See the request for proposals for more details.

Quantum Computing Bibliography

Publications from the team in the last 12 months.

The team works primarily with NASA Ames Quantum AI Laboratory led by Eleanor G. Rieffel under the NASA Academics Mission Services Contract. It is supported as well by the National Science Foundation SpecEES and Expeditions in Computing program and by the DARPA ONISQ program.

7th International Adiabatic Quantum Computing (AQC) Conference - 2018

June 25 - 28, 2018

Adiabatic Quantum Computing (AQC) and Quantum Annealing are computational methods that have been proposed to solve combinatorial optimization and sampling problems. Several efforts are now underway to manufacture processors that implement these strategies. The AQC 2018 Conference brings together researchers from different communities to explore this computational paradigm. The goal of the conference is to initiate a dialogue on the challenges that must be overcome to realize useful adiabatic quantum computations in existing or near-term hardware.

RIACS 25TH Anniversary Timeline

1983 - 2008: 25 Years of pioneering computer science innovation from supercomputing to intelligent systems

RIACS 25TH Anniversary Brochure


The Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS), a division of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA), recently celebrated 25 years of scientific research supporting the NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley.