Army engineer heads workshop on neuro-inspired computing

December 13, 2017

By Jenna Brady, ARL Public Affairs

ADELPHI, Md. (Dec. 13, 2017) -- A U.S. Army Research Laboratory engineer recently spearheaded a workshop, "Neuro-Inspired Computing Using Nanoelectronic Devices" in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, San Diego and Arizona State University.

"Workshops like this are important to define a path forward for the research and development of a new type of computing paradigm that can proactively interpret and learn from data, solve unfamiliar problems and operate with the energy efficiency of the human brain," said Dr. Mahesh Neupane.

Neupane organized and co-chaired the event, held at the Qualcomm Institute at UC San Diego.

Neupane said the scope of the workshop was uniquely defined to highlight device and system related challenges in bottom up integration of neuromorphic devices and circuits, starting at materials and leading to computing architecture design.

"At this workshop, we invited leading engineers and scientists in the field of neuromorphic computing and architecture, from industry and academia, and asked them to provide their insights on the current status of technology and future perspective," he said.

More than 100 researchers, including participants from ARL, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Department of Energy and the Naval Research Laboratory attended the event.

"Challenges and future research directions of neuromorphic computing were summarized, highlighting a demand for cross-layer research efforts from materials/devices engineering to circuit/architecture design, as well as algorithm innovation and customization."

ARL's Dr. Manual Vindiola was one of the invited speakers and presented, "Accelerated and Symbolic Computing with Neuromorphic Systems," emphasizing the need for accurate and reliable target detection, identification and robust computation in a power limited and network denied environments.

According to Neupane, that in addition to an energy efficient, reliable and scalable computing paradigm, these types of devices and architectures are expected to assist Soldiers in complex battlefield operations by providing effective teaming between manned and unmanned systems to increase overall combat effectiveness.

Examples of applications include adaptive control of robotic systems and context-aware image processing applications.

"These are the applications relevant to the existing ARL essential research areas, such as distributed and cooperative engagement in contested environments, artificial intelligence and machine learning and human-agent teaming, designed to address the future needs of U.S. Warfighters," Neupane said. "It was an honor to organize and chair the event by putting the Army's future battlefield needs in perspective during discussion. It was also my privilege to represent and act as an ambassador for ARL and ARL West during this event."

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: December 13, 2017