The emerging new interest in cognitive computing has led to a paradigm shift in the field of computer architecture. Architectures that focus on machine learning and neuromorphic computing are increasingly being adopted into the mainstream. The design of future processors is increasingly being predicated on metrics based on cognitive applications. The interplay between the development of state-of-the-art algorithms in cognitive sciences, computer vision, speech recognition and the design of the underlying system architectures has resulted in several cross-disciplinary advances. Architectures such as DianNao, presented in ASPLOS 2014 and the subsequent versions, EIE, Minerva and Eyeriss, presented in ISCA 2016, among others, have enabled designers to attain unprecedented levels of performance and power efficiency and scalability in their implementations of various cognitive applications. After highly successful editions of the Workshop on Cognitive Architectures in 2015 and 2016, in this year’s edition we expect to consolidate the many recent works in this field and provide concrete roadmaps as to what subsequent directions the research in this field should take. This workshop proposes to bring together researchers and practitioners within systems architecture, computer vision, artificial intelligence and robotics to discuss the latest ideas, applications and commercialization strategies around the cognitive computing theme. In addition, it also aims to foster an interest into such emerging fields among industry and academic researchers alike. The primary focus is expected to be on driving towards a better understanding of key cognitive algorithms of interest and the allied architectural support issues.
Of particular interest are application areas of mobile cognition, which may comprise of a distributed swarm of ‘intelligent’ computing modules. This paradigm is relevant in the context of unmanned aerial vehicles and connected cars. Further, the rising investment by industry in designing IoT (Internet-of-Things) platforms, has resulted in several opportunities to build architectures that support capabilities such as intelligent data exchange and interaction with cloud, pattern matching, data analytics and other cognitive aspects to build truly transformative systems.
Recent advances in Cognitive Computing Systems (as evidenced by innovations like Watson from IBM and AlphaGo from Google DeepMind), coupled with neurally-inspired hardware designs (such as the IBM TrueNorth chip and Tensor Processing Units (TPU) from Google), have spawned new research and development activity in machine learning, neuromorphic and other brain-inspired computing models, and architectures for efficient support of complex tasks in computer vision, speech recognition and artificial intelligence. The proliferation of mobile computing platforms, Internet-of-Things and cloud support features thereof have opened up exciting new opportunities for real-time, mobile (distributed or swarm-driven) cognition. This half-day workshop solicits formative ideas and new product offerings in this general space. Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
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Jingwen Leng is joining the Computer Science Department at Shanghai Jiao Tong University as an Assistant Professor starting Spring 2017. His research interests include power efficiency and reliability optimization of emerging computing system, such as general purpose GPUs and hardware accelerators. He holds a Ph.D. degree from University of Texas at Austin.
Karthik Swaminathan is a researcher at the Efficient and Resilient Systems Group at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. His research interests include power-aware architectures, domain-specific accelerators and emerging device technologies in processor design. He is also interested in architectures for approximate and cognitive computing, particularly in aspects related to their reliability and energy efficiency. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Penn State University.
Augusto Vega is a Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center involved in research and development work in the areas of highly-reliable power-efficient embedded designs, cognitive systems and mobile computing. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Spain.
Alper Buyuktosunoglu is a Research Staff Member in Reliability and Power-Aware Microarchitecture department at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He has been involved in research and development work in support of IBM Power Systems and IBM z Systems in the area of high performance, reliability and power-aware computer architectures. He holds a Ph.D. degree from University of Rochester.
Pradip Bose is a Distinguished Research Staff Member and manager of Efficient and Resilient Systems at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He has over thirty-three years of experience at IBM, and was a member of the pioneering RISC super scalar project at IBM (a pre-cursor to the first RS/6000 system product). He holds a Ph.D. degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.