How does the human brain immerse itself into complex tasks and decisions every day, and yet somehow use less energy than a lightbulb?
It is this question that guides the principles behind neuromorphic computing. The primary objective behind neuromorphic computing is to construct a cognition machine that learns, retains data, and makes logical conclusions like humans and thus understand more about how the human brain work. This is through artificial neurons that are designed following modern neurobiological models of spiking neural networks (SNN). Each of the spiking neurons maintains and updates its states independently and communicates with the other neurons over a network of connections of an arbitrary structure. This creates new algorithmic approaches that can, among other capabilities, emulate how the human brain interacts with the world.
This could bring dramatic benefits in terms of energy efficiency, execution speed, and revolutionise AI models. But will this computing ever move from the research labs and power the next innovative solutions across robotics, sensing and AI? And if so, how will the tech sector engage and use this technology alongside existing computing infrastructure at use?
In the next iteration of techUK’s Future Visions Series, techUK will gather industry leaders at the forefront of neuromorphic computing innovation to explain why the UK tech sector needs to understand neuromorphic computing, and the benefits it may one day unlock. We will explore if the UK is developing technology communities working across this technology, and what timelines we can expect as research around neuromorphic computing continues.
This is an exploratory session set to envision how neuromorphic computing will shape the UK tech sector in years to come, and develop a deeper understanding as to what this technology infrastructure may one day achieve.
- Jim Scott, Head of Strategic Engagement, Lockheed Martin
Yulia Sandamirskaya, Applications Research Lead, Neuromorphic Computing Lab, Intel Labs
Aidong Xu, Head of Semiconductor Capability, Cambridge Consultants
Future of Compute Week 2022
During this week we will deep-dive into a number of themes that if addressed could develop our large scale compute infrastructure to support the UK’s ambitions as a science and technology superpower. To find out more, including how to get involved, click the link below
How do we advance international collaboration for the future of compute?
On 1 December, techUK will be hosting an exciting session exploring the future of compute and international collaboration alongside international leaders across high-performance computing (HPC) and large-scale computing (LSC).
Laura is techUK’s Head of Programme for Technology and Innovation.
She supports the application and expansion of emerging technologies, including Quantum Computing, High-Performance Computing, AR/VR/XR and Edge technologies, across the UK. As part of this, she works alongside techUK members and UK Government to champion long-term and sustainable innovation policy that will ensure the UK is a pioneer in science and technology
Before joining techUK, Laura worked internationally as a conference researcher and producer covering enterprise adoption of emerging technologies. This included being part of the strategic team at London Tech Week.
Laura has a degree in History (BA Hons) from Durham University, focussing on regional social history. Outside of work she loves reading, travelling and supporting rugby team St. Helens, where she is from.
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Sue leads techUK's Technology and Innovation work.
This includes work programmes on cloud, data protection, data analytics, AI, digital ethics, Digital Identity and Internet of Things as well as emerging and transformative technologies and innovation policy. She has been recognised as one of the most influential people in UK tech by Computer Weekly's UKtech50 Longlist and in 2021 was inducted into the Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK Tech Hall of Fame. A key influencer in driving forward the data agenda in the UK Sue is co-chair of the UK government's National Data Strategy Forum. As well as being recognised in the UK's Big Data 100 and the Global Top 100 Data Visionaries for 2020 Sue has also been shortlisted for the Milton Keynes Women Leaders Awards and was a judge for the Loebner Prize in AI. In addition to being a regular industry speaker on issues including AI ethics, data protection and cyber security, Sue was recently a judge for the UK Tech 50 and is a regular judge of the annual UK Cloud Awards.
Prior to joining techUK in January 2015 Sue was responsible for Symantec's Government Relations in the UK and Ireland. She has spoken at events including the UK-China Internet Forum in Beijing, UN IGF and European RSA on issues ranging from data usage and privacy, cloud computing and online child safety. Before joining Symantec, Sue was senior policy advisor at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Sue has an BA degree on History and American Studies from Leeds University and a Masters Degree on International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Birmingham. Sue is a keen sportswoman and in 2016 achieved a lifelong ambition to swim the English Channel.
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