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RIT awarded NSF grant to advance high-tech computer architectures

Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology will use photonic integrated circuit technology to improve the processing speed and energy consumption of brain-inspired computing techniques. Photonics, an emerging technology with wide-ranging potential, is essential to the nation's manufacturing capabilities in areas such as high-speed data and telecommunications.

The university received $422,733 from the National Science Foundation for "PIC: Hybrid Silicon Electronic Photonic Integrated Neuromorphic Networks," a multiyear project to advance neuromorphic computing using photonic circuits.

Neuromorphic computing, sometimes referred to as brain-inspired computing, is a sub-field of artificial intelligence where the physical, neural network architecture and its complex processing mechanisms are inspired by the learning mechanisms in the human brain. This type of architecture is currently developed...

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