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Seminar by Prof. Jan Rabaey (UCBerkeley) - May 15, 2018

posted May 10, 2018, 3:43 AM by Massimo Alioto
Prof. Jan Rabaey (University of California, Berkeley) will give a talk on "Brain-like Cognitive Engineering Systems". The talk will take place on May 15, 2018 at 12-1PM in E3-06-01.
All interested researchers, students and designers from industry are more than welcome to join, here at ECE - NUS.
The details on the logistics and the talks are provided in the following.

TOPIC: Brain-like Cognitive Engineering Systems
SPEAKER: Prof. Jan Rabaey - University of California, Berkeley, USA
DATE: 15 May 2018, Tuesday
TIME: 12pm to 1pm
VENUE: E3-06-01, Engineering Block E3, Faculty of Engineering, NUS       
 



ABSTRACT: 
Technology scaling and advancing device technologies have played a major role in making computational engines continuously more efficient. Yet that efficiency is still a couple of orders of magnitude away from what the human brain is capable of. Bridging that gap using traditional models and techniques is becoming increasingly harder due to implicit limitations and/or bounds in the devices, architectures and computational paradigms. The main question to ask is if computational techniques inspired by our current understanding of how the brain functions could help to overcome some if not most of these limitations. In this presentation we will explore a number of the properties of the brain function, and how these can/may map into the emerging nanotechnologies. Just to name a few: approximate pattern-based computation; close intertwining of logic and memory; 3D integration; learning-based programing model; sparsity and function-specific mapping. These observations will be illustrated with a set of concrete examples using a hyper-dimensional computing approach.
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