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CONVENED THURSDAY, June 09, 2011, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
KEYNOTE: Cognitive Computing: Neuroscience, Supercomputing, Nanotechnology

The ultimate goal of the DARPA SyNAPSE project is to build brain-like cognitive computing chips that scale to human cortex by moving beyond the von Neumann architecture and become the brains behind IBM's Smarter Planet vision. The project leverages nanotechnology, supercomputing, and neuroscience and is a collaboration of four universities (Cornell, Columbia, Wisconsin-Madison, and UC Merced) and five IBM sites (Almaden, Yorktown, EFK, BTV, and IRL).

Dr. Dharmendra S. Modha is founding manager of the Cognitive Computing group at IBM's Almaden Research Center. Currently, he is the Principal Investigator for DARPA SyNAPSE team of IBM Research - Almaden, IBM Research - Watson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cornell University, Columbia University, and University of California at Merced. Most recently, his group performed cortical simulations at scale of cat cerebral cortex (1 billion neurons, 10 trillion synapses) only 100x slower than real-time on a 147,456 processor BlueGene/P supercomputer. This work received 2009 ACM’s Gordon Bell Prize. In 2010, his group compiled, visualized, and analyzed the largest long-distance network currently in existence of the Macaque monkey brain.

His research has had significant practical impact on IBM's businesses. At IBM, he has won the Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper award (twice), an Outstanding Innovation Award, an Outstanding Technical Achievement Award, and Communication Systems Best Paper Award. He holds 29 US patents, and is currently an IBM Master Inventor. In 2010, he was elected to the IBM Academy of Technology.

He has authored over 50 publications in international journals and conferences. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a member of AAAS, ACM, and SfN.

Dr. Modha holds a B.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT Bombay and a Ph. D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UCSD.

Speaker: Dharmendra S. Modha - IBM Research - Almaden, San Jose, CA