NeuroSys – shaping the landscape of future neuromorphic-hardware

Max Lemme is the coordinator of the project NeuroSys – one of the 16 projects that are now in the conception phase of the BMBF-funding initiative “Clusters4Future”, out of 137 initial submissions.

NeuroSys aims at establishing the wider Aachen-region as a world-leading location for research, development and exploitation of neuromorphic hardware in artificial intelligence (AI). The long-term goal is to transform the excellent fundamental research done in Aachen and at Research Center Jülich on memristive materials and devices, into a viable technology-basis for future European AI-hardware. The vision is the technological independence of Europe in this ethically and economically sensitive area.

Neuromorphic hardware mimics the human brain in that logic and memory are not physically separated from each other. This enables a massive parallelization and avoids the energy-intensive and time-consuming data transfer that is one of the major bottlenecks of today’s computers.

NeuroSys targets adaptive neuromorphic architectures for on-site data processing. These intelligent chips are expected to be an essential prerequisite for future-shaping concepts such as Smart Cities and the Internet of Things, and will also give a decisive contribution for the next generation of autonomous driving and for personalized medicine.

NeuroSys builds on groundbreaking results achieved by its researchers in various national and European projects – such as the DFG Collaborative Research Center Nanoswitches headed by Prof. Mathias Wuttig, the BMBF-project NeuroTec headed by Prof. Rainer Waser, and several ERC grants.

NeuroSys is a project driven by RWTH Aachen University and AMO GmbH, which integrates actors such as the City of Aachen, RWTH Innovation GmbH, the Human Technology Center at RWTH, Research Center Jülich and a number of companies active in the region, including AIXTRON SE, AppTek and Silexica GmbH.

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