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Leuven.Inc organises: Trends and Insights in "Quantum & Neuromorphic Computing" - 7 June 2016

This event is organised by Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec.

The cloud is no longer used just for storing documents. As we move from using laptops to smartphones as our primary computing devices, the cloud is used for real time processing of data. This is prompting the need for not only higher computing power in the server farms but also for computing paradigms better designed to solve specialized tasks.

Quantum computing is one of the main computing paradigms that holds the promise for solving faster than classical computing certain classes of problems such as sorting and solving systems of linear and differential equations. Such problems have many applications in daily life and scientific discovery with possible applications ranging from medicine discovery to cryptography. The first part of the seminar with introduce the theory and current technological status of quantum computing.

A second computing paradigm is the so called neuromorphic computing, a form of large-scale computing inspired by biological principles. The computation elements and memory are closely connected in this paradigm and distributed over large arrays of highly interconnected devices. The seminar will provide a deep dive in the theory and implementation of neuromorphic computing and a close look at neuromorphic sensors. These sensors are deemed to provide a very low power option for tracking multiple objects and fast reaction to detected actions. Possible applications range from self-driving cars to retinal implants.

16h30: Welcome coffee
17h00: Welcome by Leuven.Inc and Iuliana Radu, Program Manager imec
17h15: Quantum computing: theory David DiVincenzo, Professor Institute for Quantum Information, RWTH Aachen
17h45: Quantum computing: implementation Lieven Vandersypen, Professor Quantum Nanoscience, TU Delft
18h15: Coffee break
18h45: Neuromorphic computing: theory Karlheinz Meier, Professor Experimental Physics, University Heidelberg
19h15: Neuromorphic computing: implementation Diederik Verkest, Director INSITE Program, imec
19h45: Neuromorphic computing: sensors Christian Brändli, CEO Insightness
20h15: Q&A
20h30: Networking with drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English.
Locationimec CAF -1A, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee
Parking is possible near the venue.

Please register before Tuesday 24 May 2016 , preferably via the online registration form or by email to

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