This talk was originally titled 'Plastic electronics: Materials for biohybrid systems'.
Neuromorphic computing is technology where computing systems are inspired by the human brain. The current silicon chip technology has yet to achieve the interconnectivity and energy efficiency of the brain.
Join Yoeri van de Burgt as he explores organic electronic materials, plastics, that will offer an attractive alternative for existing brain-inspired systems, while being inexpensive and biocompatible.
In this talk, discover the current challenges in the field of brain-inspired computing and attempts to solve them.
This event is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
There will be a free drinks reception after the event, courtesy of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The Netherlands and the United Kingdom share a long history of scientific exchange and collaboration.
The Netherlands treasures and stimulates these excellent relations, especially in an era where complex societal challenges are not contained by borders, not even the stretch of water between us as North Sea Neighbours.
The solutions that these challenges demand international collaboration in research and ongoing exchange of scientific ideas.
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About Yoeri van de Burgt
Yoeri van de Burgt is Associate Professor in the Microsystems Section at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands, as well as a member of the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS).
Currently, his research focuses on studying the optimisation of materials for organic neuromorphic devices to develop neuromorphic arrays for brain-inspired computing, smart biosensors and diagnostic lab-on-a-chips.
He is also a member of the scientific advisory board of the Centre for Cognitive Systems and Materials (Cognigron) at the University of Groningen. Yoeri is an associate editor for Frontiers in Neuroscience: Neuromorphic Engineering and he serves on the editorial board of IOP’s Neuromorphic Computing and Engineering.
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