The Fourth CSAIL Computer Architecture WorkshopFriday, September 24th, 2004
The Warren Conference Center & Inn, Ashland, Massachusetts
Friday, September 24th, 2004
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Rahul Sarpeshkar
Title: Hybrid Analog-Digital Architectures
Abstract: I will describe why the optimal strategy for efficient computation
is likely to be a hybrid mixture of analog and digital computation. I will
demonstrate a soon-to-go-commercial bionic ear processor with such low power
consumption that a conventional A-D-then-DSP technique will not be able to
be at it two decades in the future. I will outline research on building
energy-efficient architectures that are inspired by pulsatile analog-digital
representations in the brain's neurons and show examples of very energy
efficient architectures that can built with such techniques. I conclude by
summarizing the promise of biologically inspired hybrid architectures for sensory data processing.
Biography: Rahul Sarpeshkar obtained Bachelor's degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics at MIT. After completing his PhD at Caltech, he joined Bell Labs as a member of the technical staff. Since 1999, he has been on the faculty of MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department where he heads a research group on Analog VLSI and Biological Systems, and is currently the Robert J. Shillman Associate Professor. He has received several awards including the Packard Fellow award given to outstanding young faculty, the ONR Young Investigator Award, and the NSF Career Award. He was recently awarded the Junior Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching at MIT. He holds over fifteen patents and has authored several publications including one that was featured on the cover of NATURE. His research interests include analog and mixed-signal VLSI, ultra low power circuits and systems, biologically inspired circuits and systems, and control theory.