New C-BRIC center will tackle brain-inspired computing

Purdue University

February, 2018
New C-BRIC center will tackle brain-inspired computing

Purdue University is leading a project for a new national center to develop brain-inspired computing for intelligent autonomous systems such as drones and personal robots. These autonomous systems will be capable of operating without human intervention.

The Center for Brain-inspired Computing Enabling Autonomous Intelligence, or C-BRIC, is a five-year project supported by $27 million in funding from the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) via its Joint University Microelectronics Program, which provides funding from a consortium of industrial sponsors as well as from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Additional funds include $3.96 million from Purdue and support from participating universities, pending final contracts, which include: Arizona State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Portland State University, Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California.

C-BRIC, which began operating in January 2018, will be led by Kaushik Roy, Purdue’s Edward G. Tiedemann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with Anand Raghunathan, Purdue professor of  electrical and computer engineering, as associate director.

According to  Raghunathan, “We have to narrow this huge efficiency gap to enable continued improvements in artificial intelligence in the face of diminishing benefits from technology scaling.” Raghunathan emphasizes that, “C-BRIC will develop technologies to perform brain-like functions with brain-like efficiency.”

The center will enable next-generation autonomous intelligent systems capable of accomplishing both “end-to-end” functions and completion of mission-critical tasks without human intervention.

Learn more about this project here.

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