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Neuromorphic Technology

Project description

Two (and more) heads are better than one: uniting the neuromorphic computing community

Computers and their microprocessors are often referred to as the ‘brains’ behind numerous applications, but the truly ‘brainy’ devices are the neuromorphic ones. Neuromorphic devices have both hardware and software that are inspired by brain synapses, circuitry and cognitive processes, and they are already being used in areas including healthcare, robotics and sensing. The EU-funded NEUROTECH project is strengthening the European neuromorphic computing technology (NCT) community to promote competitiveness. Enhancing communication among stakeholders and the broader community, encouraging outreach to both industry players and the public and attracting students from broad backgrounds for studies and careers in NCT are among the project’s goals.

Objective

Neuromorphic engineering is a ground-breaking approach to design of computing technology that draws inspiration from the powerful and efficient biological neural processing systems. Neuromorphic devices are able to carry out sensing, processing, and motor control strategies with ultra-low power performance. Today's neuromorphic community in Europe is leading the state of the art in this domain. The community counts an increasing number of labs that work on theory, modelling, and implementation of neuromorphic computing systems using both conventional VLSI technologies, emerging memristive devices, photonics, spin-based, and other nano-technological solutions. To enable the uptake of this technology and to match the needs of real-world applications in future products that solve real-world tasks in industry, health-care, assistive systems, and consumer devices, a strong and sustainable communication channel between research labs and different stakeholders is needed. To achieve this goal, the NEUROTECH project aims to (1) create a comprehensive online platform that will integrate information about all involved parties, the state of the art, and showcase latest technology advancement strengthening the NCT community and increasing its impact and visibility; (2) actively reach out to industry stakeholders to get them involved in shaping future research directions and to facilitate uptake of existing technology; (3) promote public interest in NCT by show-casting key technologies; and (4) shape educational resources in this interdisciplinary field targeting students with different backgrounds. The CSA will be the connecting element that will allow us to consolidate and disseminate the state of the art of neuromorphic technology and to create a transforming roadmap for future progress, unleashing the power of NCT in smart technologies of the future.

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Call for proposal

H2020-FETPROACT-2018-2020

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Sub call

H2020-FETPROACT-2018-01

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Net EU contribution
€ 185 000,00
Address
RAMISTRASSE 71
8006 Zurich
Switzerland

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Region
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 185 000,00

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