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Fascination Science Public Lecture Series


Wed 14 Jun 2017, 7:00pm–8:30pm

Where: Sir Neil Waters Lecture Theatre, University Ave, Albany, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Can we teach lasers how to perform brain-inspired information processing?
Professor Ingo Fischer (Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, Palma, Spain)

We are witnessing a revolution in computing. For decades electronic computers, have dominated advances in computing. Nevertheless, for certain tasks, including speech, image and pattern recognition, we humans still easily outperform computers. Moreover, physical limitations in transistor size and the power consumption of electronic computers call for alternative concepts and hardware.

Among these new concepts, brain-inspired information processing is gaining more and more attention because it is offering fascinating new opportunities. What if we could create learning-based brain-inspired information processing concepts by using light? With a minimal design approach and components that are usually the backbone of our global communication networks (such as a simple semiconductor laser and some optical fibre), powerful computing can be achieved.

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