Title       : Neuromorphic Engineering: Why is it such a hot topic?

Speaker     : Prof. André van Schaik

Affiliation : Research program leader, Biomedical Engineering and
Neuroscience, MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development, Western Sydney University

Date        : September 23, 2015 (Wednesday)

Time        : 04.00 PM

Venue       : Faculty Hall

In his talk, Prof. van Schaik will give an introduction to neuromorphic engineering, what it is, where it came from, and why it is currently a hot topic. He will discuss several of the reasons that have caused an explosion of interest in this area and illustrate this with some examples from the work in his group. He will show how modelling fly vision has led to smart sensors for optical trackballs and mice, and how modelling the auditory pathway has enabled the development of smart audio processors for mobile phones. Nowadays, there is significant effort in the field to create hardware to implement neural networks with millions or billions of neurons. He will present the largest such network developed to date with 10 billion neurons running in real time. Finally, he will present a brief
history of the development of neural networks, and discuss why this is driving the need for implementations of large scale neural networks.

Speaker's Bio:
André van Schaik received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, in 1990 after which
he worked for four years at CSEM, the Swiss Centre for Microelectronics and Microtechnology, where he was the first in the world to develop a product based on neuromorphic principles - the Logitech optical Trackball Marble. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1998 on electronic modelling of the auditory pathway. In 1998 he was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Physiology at the University of Sydney, funded by fellowship from the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams memorial foundation. In 1999 he became a Senior Lecturer in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney and promoted to Reader in 2004. In 2011 André became a professor at UWS, where he leads the Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience research program in the MARCS Institute. André is recognised as one of the world leaders in neuromorphic engineering and in 2014 was elected as a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to Neuromorphic Circuits and Systems. He has published more than 150 papers in the field and is an inventor on 35 patents. His research interests are Neuromorphic Engineering, Computational Neuroscience, and Biomedical Electronics.