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Brain derived Computing beyond von Neumann is the Thursday Keynote at ISC’14

Prof. Karlheinz Meier

ISC’14 is steadily announcing their keynotes for the conference, which takes place June 22-26 in Leipzig, Germany. Today brings us news that the Thursday keynote will come from Prof. Karlheinz Meier from Heidelberg University on the topic of Brain derived Computing beyond von Neumann – Achievements and Challenges.

The brain is characterized by extreme power efficiency, fault tolerance, compactness and the ability to develop and to learn. It can make predictions from noisy and unexpected input data. Any artificial system implementing all or some of those features is likely to have a large impact on the way we process information. With the increasingly detailed data from neuroscience and the availability of advanced VLSI process nodes the dream of building physical models of neural circuits on a meaningful scale of complexity is coming closer to realization. Such models deviate strongly from classical processor-memory based numerical machines as the two functions merge into a massively parallel network of almost identical cells. The lecture will introduce current projects worldwide and introduce the approach proposed by the EU Human Brain Project to establish a systematic path from biological data, simulations on supercomputers and systematic reduction of cell complexity to derived neuromorphic hardware implementations with a very high degree of configurability.

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