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Titre: SSCS Distinguished Lecture Tour / The Innovation is in the Mind – The Converging Trajectories of IT, Neuro and Nano
Conférencier: Jan M. Rabaey , UC Berkeley, É.-U.
Lieu: École Polytechnique de Montréal, Pavillon principal, Galerie Rolland ,
Date et heure:
lundi le 10 novembre 2014 de 15:15 à 16:15

Résumé: The brain is an amazingly complex and efficient machine. While it may not be considered “general purpose” in terms of its computational capabilities, it performs a set of functions such as feature extraction, classification, synthesis, recognition, learning, and higher‐order decision‐making amazingly well. Yet the dynamic behavior of the brain at large is a administration). Doing so will require the most advanced imaging capabilities operating at the scale of 10’s of microns. Recent advances in microscopic sensing, processing and communications are leading to brain‐machine interfaces that may be able to observe thousands if not millions of active neurons in vivo. These nano‐morphic systems represent the frontier in miniaturization and integration of electronic information processing systems. This whole effort may in turn have some interesting repercussions on how information‐processing systems themselves are conceived in the nanoscale regime. Neuro‐inspired processing presents an attractive alternative to the classical Von‐Neumann computing paradigm in deeply scaled regimes: it thrives on randomness and variability, processing is performed in the continuous or discrete domains, and massive parallelism, major redundancy and adaptivity are of essence. Computational paradigms inspired by neural information processing hence may lead to energy‐efficient, low‐cost, dense and/or reliable implementations of the functions the brain excels at. In this presentation, we will explore both sides of this neuroscience‐information technology interaction. One thing is for sure – the joint future will be exciting.

Note biographique: Jan Rabaey received his Ph.D degree in applied sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. In 1987, he joined the faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department of the University of California, Berkeley, where he now holds the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship. He is currently the scientific co‐director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC), as well as the founding director of the Berkeley Ubiquitous SwarmLab. He is the recipient of a wide range of major awards, , amongst which the IEEE CAS Society Mac Van Valkenburg Award, the European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement award, and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award. He is an IEEE Fellow and a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium. In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Lund, Sweden. He has been involved in a broad variety of start‐up ventures. His research interests include the conception and implementation of next‐generation integrated wireless systems over a very broad range of applications, as well as exploring the interaction between the cyber and the biological world.

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