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Brain Inspired Computing, Chip and System

07 Aug 2019 2.00PM TO 3.00PM Lecture Theatre 3, Building 2, Level 4 (2.403)

Brain inspired computing (BIC) is one of the most promising technologies that can advance the capability of artificial intelligence to achieve artificial general intelligence. Despite the enormous potential to address many of the challenges faced by information technology, there is no consensus on the design principles of BIC yet. In this talk, three key questions relating to BIC will be discussed: (1) Why do we really need BIC? (2) What is the current status of BIC? and (3) How to conduct BIC research? The main challenges and the possible solutions for developing BIC chip and system will also be discussed.

Profile of Speaker


Luping Shi is a national distinguished professor, founding director of the Center for Brain Inspired Computing Research (CBICR) of Tsinghua University, China, and a SPIE fellow. He received Doctor of Science from the University of Cologne, Germany in 1992.

From 1993 to 1996, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Instrument in Jena, Germany and the City University of Hong Kong. From 1996 to 2013 he joined the Data Storage Institute, Singapore, as a senior scientist and division manager, where he co-founded the programs of optical storage, non-volatile memory, and artificial cognitive memory.

In 2013, he joined Tsinghua University and founded CBICR, the only center in China that conducts research of brain inspired computing from all aspects including fundamental theory, chip, software, and application platform. He has proposed a computing-paradigm-driven hybrid architecture that combines the complexity of spatial, temporal, and spatiotemporal domains, and developed a cross-paradigm neuromorphic chip named Tianjic. Tianjic is the first neuromorphic chip that can realize all the configurations of current artificial neural network and spiking neural networks with excellent extensibility and flexibility on multiple scales. His paper entitled “Towards Artificial General Intelligence with the Hybrid Tianjic Chip Architecture” was published on Nature recently as a cover feature paper.

He has served as Chair and Program Chair of major conferences in semiconductor memory and optical storage, including IEEE NVMTS 2011-2017 and ODS 2008-2011. He has published more than 200 papers in prestigious journals including Science, Nature, Nature Photonics, Advanced Materials and etc. He is the recipient of the National Technology Award 2004 Singapore.