Brain Inspired Computing Congress 2020 | Kisaco Research

Bridging the gap between research and commercial application of ‘Brain-Inspired’ technologies

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18-19 November, 2020

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The Brain Inspired Computing Congress will bring together the leading start-ups, researchers and multinational companies who are exploring technologies spanning neuromorphic engineering, event-based sensors, brain-inspired algorithms and biologically plausible neural networks. This congress will provide an overview of these technologies in addition to deep-dive sessions on new architectures for neuromorphic chips, event-based sensors, and efforts to create biologically plausible algorithms.

The Brain Inspired Computing Congress will focus on the prime applications for brain-inspired technologies including autonomous vehicles, robotic arm control and dynamic vision sensing. Given the scope for ultra-low-power and edge applications, this technology can be used where conventional deep learning methods are not well suited, such as brain-implants, where it is vital to adhere to power and temperature constraints. Therefore, this congress will also openly discuss the overlap and differentiation between applications for conventional deep learning and brain-inspired computing, exploring how these technologies can complement one another.

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Dr. Chris Eliasmith

Co-Founder Co-CEO
Applied Brain Research

Dr. Chris Eliasmith

Co-Founder Co-CEO
Applied Brain Research

Dr. Chris Eliasmith

Co-Founder Co-CEO
Applied Brain Research
 

Dileep George

Co-Founder
Vicarious

Before cofounding Vicarious, Dileep was CTO of Numenta, an AI company he cofounded with Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky. Before Numenta, Dileep was a Research Fellow at the Redwood Neuroscience Institute. Dileep has authored 22 patents and several influential papers on the mathematics of brain circuits. Dileep’s research on hierarchical models of the brain earned him a PhD in Electrical Engineerings from Stanford University. He earned in MS in EE from Stanford and his BS from IIT in Bombay.

Dileep George

Co-Founder
Vicarious

Dileep George

Co-Founder
Vicarious

Before cofounding Vicarious, Dileep was CTO of Numenta, an AI company he cofounded with Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky. Before Numenta, Dileep was a Research Fellow at the Redwood Neuroscience Institute. Dileep has authored 22 patents and several influential papers on the mathematics of brain circuits. Dileep’s research on hierarchical models of the brain earned him a PhD in Electrical Engineerings from Stanford University. He earned in MS in EE from Stanford and his BS from IIT in Bombay.

 

Yulia Sandamirskaya

Applications Research Lead
Intel

Yulia Sandamirskaya is a Group Leader at the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI) of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Her group “Neuromorphic Cognitive Robots” develops neuro-dynamic architectures for embodied AI. Her research interest is in memory formation, adaptive motor control, and autonomous learning in spiking and analogue neural networks. Her group works on implementing neuronal architectures in neuromorphic hardware to control robots. She has a degree in Physics from the Belarussian State University in Minsk, Belarus and Dr. rer. nat.

Yulia Sandamirskaya

Applications Research Lead
Intel

Yulia Sandamirskaya

Applications Research Lead
Intel

Yulia Sandamirskaya is a Group Leader at the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI) of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Her group “Neuromorphic Cognitive Robots” develops neuro-dynamic architectures for embodied AI. Her research interest is in memory formation, adaptive motor control, and autonomous learning in spiking and analogue neural networks. Her group works on implementing neuronal architectures in neuromorphic hardware to control robots. She has a degree in Physics from the Belarussian State University in Minsk, Belarus and Dr. rer. nat. from the Institute for Neural Computation in Bochum, Germany. She is the chair of EUCognition (the European Society for Cognitive Systems) and the coordinator of the NEUROTECH project that supports and develops the neuromorphic computing technology community in Europe.

 

Subutai Ahmad

VP of Research
Numenta

Subutai brings experience across real time systems, computer vision and learning to Numenta. He has previously served as VP Engineering at YesVideo, Inc. where he helped grow the company from a three-person start-up to a leader in automated digital media authoring. In 1997, Subutai co- founded ePlanet Interactive, a spin-off from Interval Research. ePlanet developed the IntelPlay Me2Cam, the first computer vision product developed for consumers. He has served as a key researcher at Interval Research.

Subutai Ahmad

VP of Research
Numenta

Subutai Ahmad

VP of Research
Numenta

Subutai brings experience across real time systems, computer vision and learning to Numenta. He has previously served as VP Engineering at YesVideo, Inc. where he helped grow the company from a three-person start-up to a leader in automated digital media authoring. In 1997, Subutai co- founded ePlanet Interactive, a spin-off from Interval Research. ePlanet developed the IntelPlay Me2Cam, the first computer vision product developed for consumers. He has served as a key researcher at Interval Research.


Subutai holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Cornell University, and a Ph.D in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While pursuing his Ph.D, Subutai completed a thesis on computational neuroscience models of visual attention.

 

Luca Verre

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Prophesee

Double MSc (Hons) in Physics, Electronic and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano and Ecole Centrale; MBA, INSEAD. Extensive international management experience and background in the automotive and electronic industries. Experience includes project and product management, marketing and business development roles at Schneider Electric. Former: Engineer, Toyota and Altis Semiconductor; Research Assistant in Photonics, Imperial College of London. Co-Founder and since 2014, Chief Executive Officer, Prophesee.

Luca Verre

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Prophesee

Luca Verre

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Prophesee

Double MSc (Hons) in Physics, Electronic and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano and Ecole Centrale; MBA, INSEAD. Extensive international management experience and background in the automotive and electronic industries. Experience includes project and product management, marketing and business development roles at Schneider Electric. Former: Engineer, Toyota and Altis Semiconductor; Research Assistant in Photonics, Imperial College of London. Co-Founder and since 2014, Chief Executive Officer, Prophesee.

 

Gordon Hirsch-Wilson

Co-Founder & CEO
RAIN Neuromorphics

Gordon is a co-founder and the CEO of Rain Neuromorphics, an AI startup developing neuromorphic hardware - physical chips that that can operate faster and with far less power than current implementations of software-based neural networks. Through biologically inspired architectures and algorithms, RAIN Neuromorphics envisions a future where all devices are independently intelligent.

Gordon Hirsch-Wilson

Co-Founder & CEO
RAIN Neuromorphics

Gordon Hirsch-Wilson

Co-Founder & CEO
RAIN Neuromorphics

Gordon is a co-founder and the CEO of Rain Neuromorphics, an AI startup developing neuromorphic hardware - physical chips that that can operate faster and with far less power than current implementations of software-based neural networks. Through biologically inspired architectures and algorithms, RAIN Neuromorphics envisions a future where all devices are independently intelligent.

 

Guy Paillet

Co-Founder
General Vision

Guy is the inventor of the ZISC (Zero Instruction Set Computer), a silicon neural network chip back in 1993. He brings a long experience in hard-wired artificial vision systems and parallel pattern recognition architecture to the company. He is an “out-of-the-box” thinker and can solve complex problems related to sensing (especially vision) and artificial intelligence with elegant, yet practical solutions. Guy talent has served in several companies including Data Sud Systems (DSS), IBM, EuroPixels and General Vision Inc.

Guy Paillet

Co-Founder
General Vision

Guy Paillet

Co-Founder
General Vision

Guy is the inventor of the ZISC (Zero Instruction Set Computer), a silicon neural network chip back in 1993. He brings a long experience in hard-wired artificial vision systems and parallel pattern recognition architecture to the company. He is an “out-of-the-box” thinker and can solve complex problems related to sensing (especially vision) and artificial intelligence with elegant, yet practical solutions. Guy talent has served in several companies including Data Sud Systems (DSS), IBM, EuroPixels and General Vision Inc.

 

Heiko Hoffmann

Leader of the Autonomy Computing Center
HRL Laboratories

Heiko Hoffmann leads the Center for Autonomy Computing in the Information and Systems Sciences Lab at HRL Laboratories, LLC in Malibu, CA. HRL is a research company co-owned by the Boeing Company and General Motors. Before joining HRL, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California and the University of Edinburgh, U.K., developing new methods for robotic motion generation and machine learning. Heiko holds a Masters in Physics from Heidelberg University in Germany and a Ph.D.

Heiko Hoffmann

Leader of the Autonomy Computing Center
HRL Laboratories

Heiko Hoffmann

Leader of the Autonomy Computing Center
HRL Laboratories

Heiko Hoffmann leads the Center for Autonomy Computing in the Information and Systems Sciences Lab at HRL Laboratories, LLC in Malibu, CA. HRL is a research company co-owned by the Boeing Company and General Motors. Before joining HRL, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southern California and the University of Edinburgh, U.K., developing new methods for robotic motion generation and machine learning. Heiko holds a Masters in Physics from Heidelberg University in Germany and a Ph.D. in Robotics and Machine Learning for work at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Germany. 

 

David Markowitz

Program Manager
IARPA

David A. Markowitz, PhD is a Program Manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the high-risk, high-reward research arm of the United States Intelligence Community. Currently, Dr.

David Markowitz

Program Manager
IARPA

David Markowitz

Program Manager
IARPA

David A. Markowitz, PhD is a Program Manager at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), the high-risk, high-reward research arm of the United States Intelligence Community. Currently, Dr. Markowitz runs two highly-collaborative programs at the interface between biology and computing: the “Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks” (MICrONS) program, a BRAIN Initiative program that seeks to develop more capable machine learning algorithms by using large-scale neuroscience structure-function data as a guide; and the “Molecular Information Storage” (MIST) program, which is using DNA as the basis for novel storage devices that substantially reduce the footprint and resource requirements of exabyte-scale data centers. Dr. Markowitz holds an S.B. in Management Science from MIT and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from Princeton University, where he also completed DOE-sponsored fellowship training in high-performance computing. His published neuroscience research seeks a mechanistic understanding of computation in the brain at multiple scales, ranging from spike timing-based computation in small networks to the organization and dynamics of large networks that support working memory in prefrontal cortex.

 

Tim Shea

Tech Research Associate Principal
Accenture Labs

Tim Shea

Tech Research Associate Principal
Accenture Labs

Tim Shea

Tech Research Associate Principal
Accenture Labs
 

Alec Talin

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff
Sandia National Labs

A. Alec Talin received the B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, CA, USA, in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, in 1995.,He is a Principal Member of technical staff with Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, an adjunct Fellow with the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, and an adjunct Associate Professor of materials science and engineering with the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Alec Talin

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff
Sandia National Labs

Alec Talin

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff
Sandia National Labs

A. Alec Talin received the B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of California, San Diego, CA, USA, in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, in 1995.,He is a Principal Member of technical staff with Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA, an adjunct Fellow with the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, and an adjunct Associate Professor of materials science and engineering with the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Prior to joining Sandia in 2002, he spent six years as a Research Scientist with the Motorola Corporate Labs, Phoenix, AZ, USA. His research interests include charge transport in nanostructures, contacts, novel electronic materials, solid-state batteries, and photoelectrochemistry.

 

Catherine Schumann

Research Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Catherine (Katie) Schuman is a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, where she completed her dissertation on the use of evolutionary algorithms to train spiking neural networks for neuromorphic systems. She is continuing her study of models and algorithms for neuromorphic computing at ORNL. Katie has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, where she co-leads the TENNLab neuromorphic research group.

Catherine Schumann

Research Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Catherine Schumann

Research Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Catherine (Katie) Schuman is a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, where she completed her dissertation on the use of evolutionary algorithms to train spiking neural networks for neuromorphic systems. She is continuing her study of models and algorithms for neuromorphic computing at ORNL. Katie has a joint faculty appointment with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, where she co-leads the TENNLab neuromorphic research group. Katie has over 45 publications as well as six patents in the field of neuromorphic computing. Katie received the U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award in 2019. 

 

Dimitri Kusnezov

Deputy Under Secretary for A.I. and Technology
Department of Energy

Dr. Dmitri Kusnezov received A.B. degrees in Physics and in Pure Mathematics with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Following a year of research at the Institut fur Kernphysik, KFA-Julich, in Germany, he attended Princeton University earning his MS in Physics and Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. At Michigan State University, he conducted postdoctoral research and then became an instructor.

Dimitri Kusnezov

Deputy Under Secretary for A.I. and Technology
Department of Energy

Dimitri Kusnezov

Deputy Under Secretary for A.I. and Technology
Department of Energy

Dr. Dmitri Kusnezov received A.B. degrees in Physics and in Pure Mathematics with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Following a year of research at the Institut fur Kernphysik, KFA-Julich, in Germany, he attended Princeton University earning his MS in Physics and Ph.D. in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. At Michigan State University, he conducted postdoctoral research and then became an instructor.

In 1991, he joined the faculty of Yale University as an assistant professor in physics, becoming an associate professor in 1996. He has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world. Dr. Kusnezov has published over 100 articles and a book.

He joined federal service at the National Nuclear Security Administration in late 2001 and is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is also a Visiting Researcher at Yale. He currently serves as Deputy Under Secretary for A.I. and Technology.

 

John Paul Strachan

Master Technologist
HP Labs

John Paul is a Master Technologist and research team leader at Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA. He runs the Rebooting Computing team that builds novel types of hardware accelerators from emerging device technology, with expertise spanning materials, device physics, circuits, architectures, benchmarking and building prototype systems. The team’s interests span applications in machine learning, network security, and optimization.

John Paul Strachan

Master Technologist
HP Labs

John Paul Strachan

Master Technologist
HP Labs

John Paul is a Master Technologist and research team leader at Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA. He runs the Rebooting Computing team that builds novel types of hardware accelerators from emerging device technology, with expertise spanning materials, device physics, circuits, architectures, benchmarking and building prototype systems. The team’s interests span applications in machine learning, network security, and optimization.


John Paul has degrees in physics and electrical engineering from MIT and a PhD in applied physics from Stanford University. He has over 50 patents, has authored or co-authored over 65 peer-reviewed papers, and been the PI in many USG research grants. He has previously worked on nanomagnetic devices for memory for which he was awarded the Falicov Award from the American Vacuum Society, and has developed sensing systems for precision agriculture in a company which he co-founded. He serves in many professional societies including IEEE IEDM ExComm, the Nanotechnology Council ExComm, past program chair and steering member of the International Conference on Rebooting Computing.

 

Michael Milford

Professor in Electrical Engineering
Queensland University of Technology

Professor Milford conducts interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and is a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He is also one of Australia’s most in demand experts in technologies including self-driving cars, robotics and artificial intelligence, and is a passionate science communicator.

Michael Milford

Professor in Electrical Engineering
Queensland University of Technology

Michael Milford

Professor in Electrical Engineering
Queensland University of Technology

Professor Milford conducts interdisciplinary research at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and is a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He is also one of Australia’s most in demand experts in technologies including self-driving cars, robotics and artificial intelligence, and is a passionate science communicator. He currently holds the position of Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

 

Guido Zarrella

Chief Scientist
MITRE Corporation

Guido Zarrella

Chief Scientist
MITRE Corporation

Guido Zarrella

Chief Scientist
MITRE Corporation
 

Yohann Tschudi

Technology and market analyst
Yole Développement

As a Technology and Market Analyst, Dr. Yohann Tschudi is a member of the Semiconductor and Software division at Yole Développement (Yole), part of Yole Group of Companies. Yohann works everyday with his team to identify, understand, and analyze the role of software and computing parts within any semiconductor product, from machine code to the most advanced algorithms. Following his thesis at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland), Yohann developed dedicated software for fluid mechanics and thermodynamics applications.

Yohann Tschudi

Technology and market analyst
Yole Développement

Yohann Tschudi

Technology and market analyst
Yole Développement

As a Technology and Market Analyst, Dr. Yohann Tschudi is a member of the Semiconductor and Software division at Yole Développement (Yole), part of Yole Group of Companies. Yohann works everyday with his team to identify, understand, and analyze the role of software and computing parts within any semiconductor product, from machine code to the most advanced algorithms. Following his thesis at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland), Yohann developed dedicated software for fluid mechanics and thermodynamics applications. Afterwards, he spent for two years at the University of Miami (FL, United-States) as an AI scientist. Yohann has a PhD in High-Energy Physics and a master’s degree in Physical Sciences from Claude Bernard University (Lyon, France). 

 

Peter van der Made

Founder, Director & CTO
BrainChip

Peter AJ van der Made has been at the forefront of computer innovation for 45 years.  Mr. van der Made is the inventor of a computer immune system and founded vCIS Technology where he served as CTO and later Chief Scientist when it was acquired by Internet Security Systems and later by IBM. Previously, he founded PolyGraphic Systems, and designed a high resolution, high-speed color Graphics Accelerator board and subsequent chip for 900x1200 IBM PC graphics. Mr.

Peter van der Made

Founder, Director & CTO
BrainChip

Peter van der Made

Founder, Director & CTO
BrainChip

Peter AJ van der Made has been at the forefront of computer innovation for 45 years.  Mr. van der Made is the inventor of a computer immune system and founded vCIS Technology where he served as CTO and later Chief Scientist when it was acquired by Internet Security Systems and later by IBM. Previously, he founded PolyGraphic Systems, and designed a high resolution, high-speed color Graphics Accelerator board and subsequent chip for 900x1200 IBM PC graphics. Mr. van der Made published a book, Higher Intelligence, which describes the architecture of the brain from a computer science perspective. He is working on a follow-up book that goes deeper into neuromorphic architecture and focusses on the algorithms that are performed in the neocortex. Mr. van der Made designed the first generations of digital neuromorphic devices on which the Akida chip is based between 2004 and 2007, when he applied for a patent on this technology which was subsequently granted. He is actively involved in the design of the next generation of Akida chips and continues his research in advanced neuromorphic architectures.

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