"Enabling Ubiquitous Artificial Intelligence with Algorithm-Hardware Co-Design"

Priyadarshini Panda, Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue

March 19th (Tuesday), 11:00am
Harold Frank Hall (HFH), Rm 4164 (ECE Conf. Rm.)

“Can machines think?”, the question brought up by Alan Turing, has led to the development of the field of brain-inspired computing, wherein researchers have put substantial effort in building smarter devices and technology, that have the potential of human-like understanding. However, there still remains a large efficiency gap (for instance, several orders-of-magnitude energy gap) between the human brain and computers, that attempt to emulate even some facets of its functionality.

In this talk, 1) I will describe design techniques exploiting the inherent variability in the difficulty of input data to scale down the computational requirements of a deep learning network with minimal impact on performance. 2) I will also delve into the biologically plausible (and computationally efficient) spiking neural networks and describe the advantage of a temporal learning scheme to address catastrophic forgetting. I will present our proposed ‘Learning to Forget’ rule that offers a promising solution for real-time lifelong learning without expensive re-training. In conclusion, I will discuss how algorithm-hardware co-design techniques hold promise for understanding the energy-accuracy tradeoff, as well as, gauging the robustness of learning systems.

About Priyadarshini Panda:

photo of priyadarshini pandaPriyadarshini Panda is a final year PhD student at Purdue University in the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department working with Prof. Kaushik Roy. She received her Bachelor’s in Electrical & Electronics and Master’s in Physics from BITS Pilani, India in July 2013. Priya’s research interests span energy-efficient deep learning, neuromorphic computing and adversarial security of learning systems. She won the outstanding poster award for her work on ‘Opportunities and Challenges with Liquid State Machines’ in C-BRIC Annual Review 2018 and honorable mention for her work on ‘Efficient Gesture Recognition Learning’ in Intel Labs Intern Showcase 2017.

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