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


Quantum Information Science
Quantum Computing

USRA, NASA, and Google have established a joint Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL).

Research includes fundamental research in quantum physics and computer science, as well as applied research exploring application of quantum computing to various domains including planning and scheduling and fault management for various space and aeronautics applications.

USRA manages the QuAIL Science Operations to engage the broader research community, and manages the technical operations of a D-Wave 2000QTM system located at NASA's Ames Research Center. A percentage of computing time is available to U.S. universities and non-profits. More information about this program is available at Request for Proposals.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

USRA has partnered with the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA's Ames Research Center to conduct collaborative research on AI and Robotics.

Current projects include research on planning and scheduling, as well as application of technologies from the mobile phone industry for intelligent systems. For example, this includes collaboration on the SPHERES Smartphone Project, which is part of the NASA Human Exploration Telerobotics Mission.

Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing

USRA has partnered with the NASA Headquarters Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) to support various data needs in NASA through the research and development of a novel Model-Based Cloud Computing Service.

The service enables rapid provisioning of model-based applications including support for data integration and data analytics, and is being used by various NASA programs including the International Space Station (ISS) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Office.