International forum on Neuromorphic computing

November 4th, 2019 | imec, Leuven, Belgium

Neuromorphic Computing Technology (NCT) has emerged as a new technology with great potential to enable information processing at very low energy cost using electronic devices that emulate the electrical behavior of biological neural networks. NCT quickly transforms into a key enabling technology for several emerging applications. Neuromorphic devices are able to carry out sensing, processing, and motor control strategies with ultra-low power performance. The academic community in Europe has developed leading expertise in this domain. Significant challenges however are confronting the R&D in this field and are preventing the fast uptake of NCT by the industry. Experts are struggling with the high interdisciplinarity of the research on neuromorphic technologies: from material science to device and system design to algorithms and applications. All this requires coordination across multiple research fields, the need of common tools, validation frameworks and benchmarking to assess and compare different approaches.

The significant support from the European commission expresses the need to rapidly mature the NCT and allow an effective take-up of the neuromorphic technology.

The Neurotech forum is an initiative of the Neurotech project (, a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) funded by the European Commission. This CSA aims to be the connecting element to consolidate and disseminate the state of the art of neuromorphic technology and to create a transforming roadmap for future progress, unleashing the power of NCT in smart technologies of the future.

Main goals of the forum

to discuss the progress and the challenges the academic world is facing
to reach out to industry stakeholders and get them involved in shaping future research directions and
to facilitate the uptake of existing technology.

Forum companies

The list of speakers includes representatives of various EU initiatives, industry (such as Philips, Infineon, IBM, GlobalFoundires, ST, Thales etc.) as well as experts from the European Commission and ECSEL Joint Undertaking.

PhilipsInfineonIBMSTMicroelectronicsGlobal FoundriesThales


9.30 – 09.45

Welcome at imec

Jo De Boeck, Executive Vice President
Valentina Terzieva and Peter Debacker
9.45 – 10.00

Introduction: the NEUROTECH Project

Yulia Sandamirskaya (UZH/ETHZ, Coordinator)
10.00 – 11.00

Academic Keynotes

10:00Running a CNN on the sensor: demonstration of the SCAMP-5 vision chip
Piotr Dudek, University of Manchester, UK
10:10The SpiNNaker project
Stephen Furber, University of Manchester, UK
10:20The BrainScales project
Sebastian Schmitt, University of Heidelberg
10:30Embedded real-time processing for event-based sensors
Jörg Conradt, KTH, Sweden
10:40TEMPO project
11.00 – 12.30

Industry keynotes

11:00Analog signal processing for efficient and high performance neuromorphic accelerators
Bert Offrein, IBM Research
11:20Global Foundries FinFET Technologies for AI/ML Applications
Stephen Fox, GlobalFoundries
11:40NCT and AI challenges at Thales Group
Patrick Gatellier, Thales Group
12:00Neuromorphic computing: perspectives and challenges for health care applications
Rameez Ismail / Maurice Stassen, Philips Research
12:20Tiny AI example applications
Wolfgang Furtner, Infineon
12.40 – 14.00Lunch: Networking and Demos
14.00 – 15.30

Towards NEUROTECH Roadmap.

Working Groups (presentation and panel discussion): Industry, Science and Technology, Bridges, Ethics

15.30 – 16.15

EU ambitions in Neuromorphic Computing Technologies

15:30H2020, Horizon Europe
Marco Ceccarelli, European Commission, DG CNECT, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry
Anton Chichkov, ECSEL Joint Undertaking
16.15 – 17.00

SME presentations: Intelligence at the Edge

16:15GrAI Matter Labs
16:45Weebit Nano

Concluding remarks

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