The Future of Artificial Intelligence - a 3D Silicon Brain

Monthly Lecture Series from Bioengineering Leaders: Engineering responses to medically challenging issues

Date of event: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm PST

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A Ghanian teenage inventor at 14, a pioneer neuromorphic engineer now….

Dr. Boahen often speaks of the promise of efficient computing as an inspiration for his work on using neuromorphic computer chips to reproduce many types of brain phenomena. He goes beyond AI and uses new computing paradigms based on the brain’s organizing principles.

Dr. Boahen founded and directs StanfordBrains in Silicon lab, which develops silicon integrated circuits that emulate the way neurons compute and computational models that link neuronal biophysics to cognitive behavior. This interdisciplinary research bridges neurobiology and medicine with electronics and computer science. His scholarship is widely recognized, with over a hundred publications, including a cover story in Scientific American featuring his labs work on a silicon retina and a silicon tectum that “wire together” automatically (May 2005).

He was elected a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2016) and of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (2016) in recognition of his labs work on Neurogrid, an iPad-size platform that emulates the cerebral cortex in biophysical detail and at functional scale, a combination that hitherto required a supercomputer. In his lab’s most recent research effort, the Brainstorm Project, he led a multi-university, multi-investigator team to co-design hardware and software that makes neuromorphic computing easier to apply. A spin-out from his Stanford lab, Femtosense Inc (2018), is commercializing this breakthrough.

Dr. Kwabena Boahen (M89, SM13, F16) received the B.S. and M.S.E. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, both in 1989, and the Ph.D. degree in computation and neural systems from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1997. He was on the bioengineering faculty of the University of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2005, where he held the first Skirkanich Term Junior Chair.

Dr. Kwabena Boahen is Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment in Computer Science. He is also an investigator in Stanford’s Bio-X Institute and Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.


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