Brain-Inspired Computing

Last week I attended two events,
NSF review and workshop at Penn State to discuss progress within the NSF Expeditions in Computing Program, Visual Cortex on Silicon. Speakers included:

  • Vijaykrishnan Narayanan (Penn State)
  • Steve Levitan (UPitt)
  • Laurent Itti (USC)
  • Jack Carol (Penn State)
  • Dan Kifer (Penn State)


IBM’s Cognitive Computing Colloquium at IBM Research, Almaden hosted by IBM Fellow and Chief Scientist of Brain-Inspired Computing, Dharmendra Modha. The event covered a wide variety of topics from neuroscience, computing, and included an in-depth set of talks about the TrueNorth Architecture, Programming Model, Simulators, and Platforms. Speakers included:

  • Andreas Andreou, Johns Hopkins
  • Dharmendra S Modha, IBM Fellow, IBM Chief Scientist, Brain-Inspired Computing
  • Fei-Fei Li, Director, AI Lab, Stanford University
  • Gary Marcus, NYU
  • Gill Pratt, DARPA SyNAPSE Program Manager
  • Horst Simon, Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Karlheinz Meier, Co-Director, Human Brain Project, U. Heidelberg
  • Mark Anderson, Future in Review and Strategic News Service
  • Michael Hawrylycz, Allen Institute for Brain Science
  • Miyoung Chun, Executive VP of Science Programs, Kavli Foundation
  • Rajit Manohar, Cornell University, Associate Dean
  • Richard Cytowic, Author of Synesthesia: A Union of the Senses
  • Jayashree Subrahmonia, Vice President, Products, IBM Watson Group
  • Tobi Delbruck, Co-Founder, iniLabs & Professor, ETH
  • Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, PI, NSF Expeditions in Computing, Professor, Penn State