About


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. The SRC operates research programs in the United States and globally that connect industry to university researchers, deliver early results to enable technological advances, and prepare a highly-trained workforce for the semiconductor industry.

The mission of the Center for Brain-inspired Computing (C-BRIC) is to deliver key advances in cognitive computing, with the goal of enabling a new generation of autonomous intelligent systems such as self-flying drones and interactive personal robots.

To address these challenges, C-BRIC will co-develop the next generation of neuro-inspired algorithms and theory, neuromorphic computing fabrics and distributed intelligence. We will leverage application drivers and cutting-edge testbeds already available with the PIs to provide context to the center’s research and evaluate its outcomes.

By bringing together a unique team of leading researchers from the fields of machine learning, computational neuroscience, theoretical computer science, neuromorphic hardware, distributed computing, robotics and autonomous systems, C-BRIC will pursue quantum improvements in cognitive systems that will be difficult for these communities to achieve independently.

The following ten universities have come together to pursue the goals of C-BRIC:

Research


The center’s research is organized into the following themes: (1) Neuro-inspired Algorithms and Theory, (2) Neuromorphic Fabrics, (3) Distributed Intelligence, and (4) Application Drivers.

Click the theme title for more information about the theme and the researchers on that team.

brain icon Theme 1: Neuro-inspired Algorithms & Theory
  • Robust & efficient learning algorithms (beyond deep learning)
  • From perception to inference, decision making & control
  • Theoretical underpinnings of neuromorphic computing
microchip icon Theme 2: Neuromorphic Fabrics
  • Neuromorphic architectures & computing fabrics
  • Programming models & frameworks
  • Neuro-mimetic circuits & devices
Cloud with Arrows Icon Theme 3: Distributed Intelligence
  • Distributed cognitive processing (edge/hub/cloud, peer-to-peer)
  • Multi-modal cognition
  • Cognition on compressed data (communication-optimized)
microchip with the letters AI Icon Theme 4: Application Drivers
  • Self-flying drones
  • Personalized robots
Task 004: Neural Primitives

Amogh Agrawal, Purdue University
IMPULSE: A 65nm Digital Compute-in-Memory Macro with Fused Weights and Membrane Potential for Spike-based Sequential Learning Tasks

May 13



Task 005 - Neural Fabrics

Jingbo Sun, Arizona State University
Gradient-based Novelty Detection Boosted by Self-supervised Binary Classification

May 20







Our Team


  • Jim DiCarlo Jim DiCarlo
    Department Head and Peter de Florez Professor of Neuroscience, Brain and Cognitive Sciences
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Biography
  • Dan Hammerstrom Dan Hammerstrom
    Theme 1 leader
    Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Portland State University
    Dan's Webpage    Biography
  • Vijay Kumar Vijay Kumar Theme 4 leader
    Nemirovsky Family Dean of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
    University of Pennsylvania
    Vijay's Webpage    Biography
  • Vijay Narayanan Vijay Narayanan
    Theme 3 leader
    Robert Noll Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
    Pennsylvania State University
    Vijay's Webpage    Biography

Contact Us


C-BRIC is located in the Department of Electrical Engineering on the West Lafayette campus of Purdue University.
For additional information about the Center, please contact: C-BRIC@purdue.edu.

Our Staff includes:

  • Nicole Piegza Nicole Piegza
    Research Operations Manager

    piegza(at)purdue.edu
  • Cheng Wang Cheng Wang
    Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

    wang4700(at)purdue.edu
    Biography

Address of C-BRIC:

  • Center for Brain-Inspired Computing
  • Electrical Engineering Building
  • 465 Northwestern Ave.
  • West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2035
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