TrueNorth was just named as one of R&D Magazine’s top 100 innovations in 2015. In addition, it was also given one of only five Editors’ Choice awards. The R&D Award is described:
“Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Invention”, the R&D 100 Awards identify and celebrate the top technology products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, innovative new materials, chemistry breakthroughs, biomedical products, consumer items, and high-energy physics. The R&D 100 Awards spans industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.”
The group I belong to, IBM Cognitive Computing, was featured in Wired. You can view the article here: IBMs Rodent Brain Chip Make Phones Hyper Smart
As of March, I will be joining the Cognitive Computing Group at IBM Research, Almaden
This is certainly an exciting opportunity, especially considering where the computing industry is today with slowing technology scaling, increasing power densities, and higher importance being placed on analyzing disparate data-sets made up of ever-increasing size.
This seems to be the right time for a paradigm shift in computing to take place. While tradition computing has served us very well, and will continue to do so in the future for a variety of domains, sensor technologies and data collection methods have been improving at an exponential rate, while simultaneously becoming more pervasive in our every day lives. Although techniques which are able to analyze all of this new data exist, for many applications, none have been able to rival the power of the brain in terms of efficiency or computation capability. Today, we may have only scratched the surface of realizing what this data may be able to tell us using traditional models. Having a “programmable brain” at our fingertips may lead to many unforeseen discoveries and insights of the world around us. I am excited to be a part of it.
More information on the group and project can be found here:
IBM Research: Neurosynaptic Chip
Brain-inspired Computing: A Decade Long Journey (Dharmendra Modha, video)
IBM Colloquium: The Future of Cognitive Computing
Introducing a Brain-inspired Computer
Dharmendra Modha’s Cognitive Computing Blog