Neuromorphic Computing Technologies: Opportunities, challenges and Applications Roadmap

Neuromorphic Computing Technologies: Opportunities, challenges and Applications Roadmap


Date: March 15, 2021 9:00 -17:00 CET Time

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already enabling accelerated classification and discovery in a broad range of applications. However, challenges remain in the trust in and explainability of the outputs results. Furthermore, the implementation of AI on legacy computing systems suffers from performance and power efficiency challenges, limiting the application scope. Hence, the success of AI created an urgent need for dedicated neuromorphic computing hardware as well as more advanced architectures and algorithms. Establishing the neuromorphic computing technology of tomorrow, wide research efforts are deployed in materials science, circuit design, fabrication and algorithms.

This forum of the European Union funded project NEUROTECH will bring together experts from academia, industry, SME’s and start-ups to address some of the most urgent questions in AI:

  • what are the challenges – performance, reliability, ethics – in applying AI and neuromorphic computing technologies?
  • which neuromorphic computing technologies are already available, how to build functional systems and applications?
  • how can enterprises adopt AI and neuromorphic computing technology – What support would accelerate the success?
  • how to improve and strengthen interactions and collaboration between academia and industry in Europe and globally.

The forum will also depict the landscape of neuromorphic computing technology users, with a special focus on the use of AI in edge-computing.

To be held virtually in conjunction with the 2021 NICE workshop:


Topical Agenda

Time Topic Speaker
9:00 Challenges in NCT Chair: Dr. Bert Offrein, IBM
  Welcome to the Forum Dr. Bert Offrein, IBM
  Optimizing memory device technology for energy efficient AI hardware Dr. Peter Debacker, IMEC
9:30 Neuromorphic Computing platforms Chair: Dr. Elisa Donati, UZH/ETHZ and Antonio La Porta, IBM Zurich
  Accelerating AI with Machine Intelligence Compute Systems Dr. Victoria Rege, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Graphcore
  Mixed-signal neuromorphic circuits and systems for building autonomous cognitive agents Prof. Giacomo Indiveri, Institute of Neuroinformatics UZH/ETHZ
  NeuroChiplets: Modular Design of 2.5D and 3D Silicon Brains for Machine Intelligence (Perception and Cognition) Prof. Andreas G. Andreou, Johns Hopkins University and University of Cyprus
  Deep learning acceleration using electronic and photonic in-memory computing Dr. Abu Sebastian, IBM Zurich
10:45 Coffee Break  
11:00 The precision dilemma Chair: Dr. Melika Payvand, UZH/ETHZ
  From noisy devices to stable solutions Dr. Damien Querlioz, CNRS Researcher at Centre de Nanosciences et de Nanotechnologies
11:30 Towards AI at the edge Chair: Dr. Peter Debacker, IMEC
  Edge AI @Withings Nicolas Genain, Digital Biomarkers, Machine Learning and Analytics Director at Withings
  Robotics: Neuromorphic perception for robots Dr. Chiara Bartolozzi, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT)
Lunch Break    
13:30 The startup landscape in neuromorphic computing Chair: Dr. Laura Begon-Lours, IBM Zurich
  SynSense Dr. Dylan Muir
  IniVation - Removing barriers to adoption of neuromorphic technology Dr. Kynan Eng
  LightON - Photonic computing for massively parallel AI Dr. Laurent Daudet
14:00 Adopting AI in manufacturing. A perspective from II-VI Inc. Marc Seifried, II-VI Laser Enterprise Zürich
14:30 Panel: Promote bridges between industry and academia Dr. Dylan Muir (SynSense), Dr. Manu Nair (Synthara), Dr. Kynan Eng (IniVation), Dr. Laurent Daudet (LightON)
15:30 Coffee break  
15:45 Neuromorphic computing and ethics Chair: Steve Furber, University of Manchester
  Presentation: Neuromorphic Computing for Social Good Dr. Marcello Ienca, ETH Zurich, Dep. of Health Sciences and Technology
  Panel Dr. Marcello Ienca (ETH Zurich), Steve Furber (University of Manchester), Prof. Vincent Müller (VC; TU Eindhoven & University of Leeds), Dr. Ron Chrisley (RC; University of Sussex), Dr. Dylan Muir (SynSense)
16:45 Summary and conclusions  
17:00 Close  


IBM Research GmbH, Switzerland


Laura Begon-Lours

Antonio La Porta

Bert Offrein

Principal investigator

The University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Melika Payvand


Elisa Donati



Giacomo Indiveri