REU Seminar: Neuromorphic Chips

Neuromorphic Chips: Combining Analog Computation with Digital Communication
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
AllenX Auditorium
Prof. Kwabena Boahen (Stanford)
Abstract / Description: 

I'll argue that combining analog computation with digital communication can effectively combat increased heterogeneity (a.k.a., mismatch) and stochasticity (a.k.a., noise) as transistors scale down to a few nanometers. Intriguingly, the brain adopts precisely such a hybrid approach to combat the heterogeneity and stochasticity that arise from its nanoscale ionchannels' probabilistic expression and operation. Neurons' dendritic trees use graded potentials to combine thousands of inputs (c.f., analog computation) while their axonal arbors use allornone spikes to transmit the resulting output to thousands of other neurons (c.f., digital communication).

The REU Seminar Series is an educational and developmental opportunity for REU participants. Attendance at the seminars is r equired for all REU interns. Speakers will discuss their research or work, provide educational and career advice, and share their knowledge with you. There will be a questions and answers period at the end of each talk. A light breakfast will be provided before each seminar. If you believe you may need accommodations during the seminar series, please contact us at so that we may find a way to accommodate your needs.

Prof. Kwabena Boahen Department of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Research Area: Director of Brains in Silicon Lab