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, GlobalFoundires, ST, Thales etc.) as well as experts from the European Commission and ECSEL Joint Undertaking.

PhilipsInfineonGlobal FoundriesThales


9.30 – 10.00

Welcome at imec. Introduction by the NEUROTECH coordinator:

Velentina Terzieva and Peter Debacker (imec)
Yulia Sandamirskaya (UZH/ETHZ)
10.00 – 11.15

Consortium presentations:

TEMPO project
11.15 – 12.30

Industry keynotes

Global Foundries ("GF FinFET Technologies for AI/ML Applications")
STMicroelectronics ("Neuromorphic Computing")
Philips Research
12.30 – 14.00Lunch: Networking and Demos
14.00 – 15.00

Towards NEUROTECH Roadmap. Working Groups and Panel:

Science and Technology
15.00 – 15.45

EU ambitions:

H2020, Horizon Europe
15.45 – 16.45

SME presentations: Intelligence at the Edge

GrAI Matter Labs
and more...
16.45 – 17.00

Concluding remarks

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