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About RIACS
To contribute in a substantive way towards the accomplishment of the nation’s challenging exploration and science goals through research and development projects that deliver exceptional value, and strengthen RIACS and its strategic partners’ roles in advancing the exploration of space for the benefit of humanity.
- RIACS Vision Statement

The Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science (RIACS) was created in 1983 under a cooperative agreement between the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and the NASA Ames Research Center. The Institute was formed to conduct basic research in computer science and related technologies necessary to enable NASA missions. From its humble beginnings as a four-person institute, RIACS has grown into an organization comprising over 30 world-class researchers and scientists from around the globe.

Since its inception, RIACS has worked in partnership with NASA to advance the state-of-the-art in information systems. Today, RIACS scientists are engaged in five core research areas: Autonomy and Decision Support; Software Verification and Validation; Agent-Based Simulation and Systems; Image Analysis and Data Fusion; and Integrated Information Management and Systems. Research in these areas will provide the foundation for the next generation of information systems required to enable the nation’s Vision for Space Exploration.

While these technologies will certainly be required to achieve the nation’s space exploration vision, they will also lead to breakthroughs here on Earth, providing benefits to all humanity.

Looking forward, RIACS is working to expand its research efforts not only for NASA, but for other organizations as well. Through the development of strategic partnerships, technology licensing agreements and cooperative agreements, RIACS intends to provide innovative information systems to a broad range of government and industry customers for years to come.

 

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