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UPSIDE Unconventional Processing of Signals for Intelligent Data Exploitation

  • Speaker:   Dr  Dan Hammerstrom  (Program Manager, DARPA)
  • Host:   Steve Furber
  • 18th March 2013 at 14:00 in Kilburn 2.15
Today's Defense missions rely on a massive amount of sensor data collected by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms. Not only has the volume of sensor data increased exponentially, there has also been a dramatic increase in the complexity of analysis required for applications such as target identification and tracking. The digital processors used for ISR data analysis are limited by power requirements, potentially limiting the speed and type of data analysis that can be done. Furthermore as Moore's Law slows down, power scaling has more or less stopped.

DARPA's Unconventional Processing of Signals for Intelligent Data Exploitation (UPSIDE) program seeks to break the status quo of digital processing with methods of video and imagery analysis based on the physics of nanoscale devices. UPSIDE processing will be non-digital and fundamentally different from current digital processors and the power and speed limitations associated with them.

Instead of traditional complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS)-based electronics, UPSIDE envisions arrays of physics-based devices (nanoscale oscillators may be one example) computing functions more or less directly, the hardware is the algorithm. These arrays would self-organize and adapt to inputs, meaning that they will not need to be programmed as digital processors are. Unlike traditional digital processors that operate by executing specific instructions to compute, it is envisioned that UPSIDE arrays will rely on a higher level computational element based on probabilistic inference embedded within a digital system.

Although not explicitly a "neural" program. UPSIDE is neuro-friendly and several neuromorphic solutions have been proposed.
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