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The Cognitive Edge

11:10 am - 11:40 am

With the explosive growth in the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to address a large range of problems that were deemed very hard, the information technology and semiconductor communities have rushed to develop computing platforms that provide the desired performance at an acceptable energy cost. So far, the majority of attention and investment has been directed towards “Cloud AI”, with “Data” being the largest common denominator in creating value for industries, governments, and individuals' lives. However, the quest for intelligence is fast becoming a prominent and essential feature at the “Edge” as well, where trillions of “things” will combine to generate even more data. Given the severe constraints that govern edge devices in terms of efficiency, footprint, robustness and cost, it is self-evident that bringing true intelligence to the edge will require profound innovation at all levels of the stack from the computational concepts all the way down the implementation technology. This observation spans the full range of devices ranging from automotive, mobile, industrial, immersion, IoT to wearable and implantable. In this presentation, we evaluate a number of plausible options, explore possible paths forward, and present a set of recommendations on how to make it happen.


Jan M. Rabaey

Jan M. Rabaey

CTO of the System-Technology Co-Optimization (STCO) Division, imec

Jan is a Professor in the Graduate School in the EECS Department the University of California at Berkeley, after being the holder of the Donald O. Pederson Distinguished Professorship at the same institute for over 30 years. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, he was a research manager at IMEC from 1985 until 1987. He is a founding director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) and the Berkeley Ubiquitous SwarmLab, and has served as the Electrical Engineering Division Chair at Berkeley twice. In 2019, he also became the CTO of the System-Technology Co-Optimization (STCO) Division of IMEC, Belgium.

Prof. Rabaey has made high-impact contributions to a number of fields, including low power integrated circuits, advanced wireless systems, mobile devices, sensor networks, and ubiquitous computing.  His current interests include the conception of the next-generation distributed systems, as well as the exploration of the interaction between the cyber and the biological world.

He is the recipient of major awards, amongst which the IEEE Mac Van Valkenburg Award, the European Design Automation Association (EDAA) Lifetime Achievement award, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) University Researcher Award, and the SRC Aristotle Award. He is an IEEE Fellow, a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts of Belgium, and has received honorary doctorates from Lund (Sweden), Antwerp (Belgium) and Tampere (Finland).  He has been involved in a broad variety of start-up ventures, including Cortera Neurotechnologies, of which he was a co-founder.