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   [8/2016] The TrueNorth chip is now in the Computer History Museum!
   [8/2016] The group will be moving to Yale as of January 2017!
   [8/2016] The TrueNorth project wins the inaugural Misha Mahowald Prize for neuromorphic engineering! The citation reads: "For the development of TrueNorth, a neuromorphic CMOS chip that simulates 1 million spiking neurons with connectivity and dynamics that can be flexibly programmed while consuming only 70 milliwatts. This scalable architecture sets a new standard and brings us closer to achieving the high levels of performance in brains."
   [6/2016] Rajit selected by Cornell Tech students as a "Professor of the Year" for contributions to teaching.
   [3/2016] Our Science paper with IBM was selected for the 2014 Pat Goldberg Math/CS/EE Best Paper award (first place) by IBM Research.
   [2/2016] Sandra's paper on gradual synchronization accepted to ASYNC 2016.
   [1/2016] Our paper on comparing stochastic and deterministic computing selected as one of the "Best of Computer Architecture Letters" for 2015. It will be presented at a special session at HPCA in March.
   [12/2015] Benjamin Hill returns to successfully defend his Ph.D. thesis. Ben has been on the Olin faculty since January.
   [12/2015] Julia Karl successfully defends her M.S. thesis.
   [10/2015] Robert Karmazin successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis. Rob will be joining Intel.
   [9/2015] Our invited paper with IBM on the TrueNorth design to appear in IEEE Transactions on Computer Aided Design in October.
   [9/2015] Jon Tse successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis. Jon will be joining Intel.
   [6/2015] Sean Ogden joins the group as a Ph.D. student.
   [6/2015] Wenmian Hua and Nitish Srivastava join the group as Ph.D. students.
   [5/2015] Project web page for our neuromorphic chip/software project with Stanford and U. Waterloo is now up!
   [3/2015] Rajit's paper on comparing stochastic computing approaches to conventional digital computing accepted to IEEE CAL.
   [2/2015] Stephen successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on asynchronous circuit verification. Stephen will be joining Google.
   [2/2015] Three regular papers from the group accepted to the Asynchronous Circuits Symposium (ASYNC) to be held May 2015. Students Robert Karmazin, Carlos Otero, Stephen Longfield, and Jonathan Tse contributed to two papers on timing-driven placement and hardware-software trade-offs in a low power AES implementation. A third paper on a formal proof of the nature of the isochronic fork timing assumption is a collaboration with Prof. Yoram Moses from the Technion. This represents 16% of the accepted full papers.
   [2/2015] Stephen's paper on using type systems to prevent errors in high-level self-timed circuit descriptions (a collaboration with Ross Tate's group in CS) accepted for publication at PLDI 2015.
   [2/2015] Rajit is named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate education at Cornell.
   [1/2015] Rajit is appointed the Associate Dean for Research at Cornell Tech.
   [1/2015] Benjamin Hill joins the Olin faculty.
   [8/2014] Our paper with IBM research on TrueNorth, a single chip million neuron system is published in Science, and made the cover! Additional coverage in the media: IBM press release, DARPA press release, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Scientific American, Reuters, MIT Technology Review, Cornell Chronicle. This project was made possible thanks to support via the DARPA SyNAPSE program.

Highlights: First single chip million neuron neuromorphic architecture. Fully digital, deterministic, highly programmable neurons, synapses, and communication with a glueless chip-to-chip network and less than 70mW power. Hybrid QDI and bundled data asynchronous design, with a low frequency clock for 1:1 correspondence to a parallel discrete event software model. 4096 cores and 5.4B transistors.
   [8/2014] Our paper with IBM research on TrueNorth's efficiency and scalability titled Real-Time Scalable Cortical Computing at 46 Giga-Synaptic OPS/Watt with ~100x Speedup in Time-to-Solution and ~100,000x Reduction in Energy-to-Solution is accepted for publication to Supercomputing 2014. The paper is an ACM Gordon Bell Prize finalist.
   [7/2014] Carlos Otero successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on asynchronous circuits for ubiquitous computing.
   [7/2014] Sandra Jackson successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis on synchronization techniques.
   [6/2014] Stephen Longfield's paper on concurrency reduction for fast verification accepted for publication at ICCAD 2014.
   [3/2014] Nabil successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis on neuromorphic computing. Nabil is joining IBM Research.
   [2/2014] Our paper with François Guimbretière's group on a new low power e-book reader implementation using a hybrid processor-microcontroller appears in ACM TECS.
   [2/2014] Ben Tang's paper on using NEM relays to implement asynchronous logic accepted for publication at ASYNC 2014.
   [1/2014] Our paper with François Guimbretière's group on using heterogenous multicore processors for low power user interface implementation accepted to CHI 2014.
   [12/2013] Carlos Otero's paper titled ULSNAP: An Ultra-low Power Event-Driven Microcontroller for Sensor Network Nodes accepted for publication at ISQED 2014.
   [12/2013] Ben Tang successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis.
   [11/2013] Nature story on our new ONR-supported neuromorphic chip project, a collaboration between Stanford, U. Waterloo, and our group.
   [8/2013] Nabil quoted in Technology Review article about our neuromorphic architecture project.
   [8/2013] IBM press release describes the programming interface for the neuromorphic hardware being developed for the SyNAPSE project.
   [7/2013] Rajit Manohar's appointment is now 100% at Cornell Tech.
   [6/2013] Edward Bingham joins the group as a Ph.D. student. Ned starts his graduate work at Cornell Tech.
   [5/2013] Stephen Longfield's paper titled "Inverting Martin Synthesis for Verification" selected as the best paper at ASYNC 2013.
   [3/2013] Students Benjamin Hill, Julia Karl, Rob Karmazin, Stephen Longfield, Carlos Otero, and Jonathan Tse contributed to five papers accepted to the Asynchronous Circuits Symposium (ASYNC) in Santa Monica, CA this May. Three papers from the group address topics including the verification of asynchronous circuits, physical design automation, and an on-chip link study. Two other papers were led by Intel and Raytheon.
   [2/2013] Nabil Imam receives an IBM Ph.D. fellowship.
   [1/2013] Julia Karl joins the group as a Ph.D. student. Julia starts her graduate work at Cornell Tech.
   [11/2012] Rajit Manohar appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the newly created Cornell Tech campus.
   [9/2012] Benjamin Tang wins the best presentation award in his session at the ION GNSS Technical Meeting. Ben presented his work on examining accuracy and power tradeoffs in the design of a GPS baseband processor.
   [9/2012] Rajit receives the 2012 Kenneth A. Goldman '71 Excellence in Teaching award from the College of Engineering.
   [7/2012] Rajit Manohar joins the newly created Cornell Tech faculty.
   [5/2012] Carlos succesfully defends his M.S. thesis on static power reduction techniques.
   [5/2012] Our paper with IBM Research titled "A Digital Neurosynaptic Core Using Event-Driven QDI Circuits" (presented by Nabil) selected as the best paper at ASYNC 2012.
   [2/2012] Three papers from the group will be presented at the Asynchronous Circuits Symposium (ASYNC) in Denmark this May. The topics they address include neuromorphic systems, energy-efficient floating-point arithmetic, and low power GPS.
   [12/2011] Creating artificial intelligence based on the real thing. New York Times, 12/5/2011.
   [8/2011] Our work with IBM research on developing a neuromorphic chip receives significant press coverage (IBM announcement, Associated Press, Bloomberg, CNET, EE Times, Nature News, NY times, PC Magazine, PC World, Technology Review, VentureBeat, WSJ, Xinhua, ZDNet, many others). Our CICC paper on the topic will appear in September 2011. This effort is funded by the DARPA SyNAPSE program.
   [8/2011] Basit Riaz Sheikh successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis on asynchronous floating-point arithmetic.
   [8/2011] Along with Prof. Tsuhan Chen's group, we have been selected as members of the newly formed Intel Science and Technology Center on Embedded Computing.
   [5/2011] Filipp and Basit participate in the 2011 graduation ceremonies!
   [3/2011] Filipp Akopyan successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis on hybrid synchronous-asynchronous design. Filipp is joining IBM research.
   [2/2011] Cornell is hosting ASYNC 2011 this April.
   [1/2011] Nabil Imam's paper on AER circuits for neuromorphic systems accepted for publication at ASYNC 2011.
   [7/2010] Rajit Manohar appointed Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering.
   [6/2010] Rajit Manohar promoted to full Professor.
   [5/2010] Basit Riaz Sheikh's paper on energy-efficient floating-point addition titled "An Operand Optimized Asynchronous IEEE 754 Double Precision Floating-point Adder" selected as the best paper at ASYNC 2010.
   [4/2010] Stephen Longfield receives an NSF Graduate Fellowship and Jonathan Tse receives an honorable mention.
   [3/2010] Two ASYNC papers from the group nominated for the best paper award by the selection committee: Basit's paper on energy-efficient floating-point addition, and Chris' paper on using two-phase routing in an asynchronous FPGA architecture.
   [2/2010] Three papers from the group will be presented at the Asynchronous Circuits Symposium (ASYNC) in Grenoble this May. The topics they address are leakage management in asynchronous circuits, energy-efficient floating-point arithmetic, and reducing routing power in an asynchronous FPGA.
   [1/2010] Rajit Manohar appointed interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering.
   [12/2009] Chris LaFrieda successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis on relaxed QDI circuits. Chris is joining Achronix Semiconductor.
   [11/2009] Achronix Semiconductor, a startup based on research from the AVLSI group, is honored with the IET innovations award for startup of the year. Achronix' technology is based on John Teifel's Ph.D. thesis (2004), and papers from 2004 and earlier.
   [9/2009] The IBM team (with us as members) for the DARPA SyNAPSE program is renewed for Phase 1.
   [5/2009] Rajit Manohar selected for the Ruth and Joel Spira Teaching award.
   [5/2009] Abin Thomas' M.Eng. project selected as one of the best M.Eng. projects this year.
   [9/2008] IBM announces their efforts to develop a cognitive computer. Our group is participating in this effort in collaboration with IBM.
   [5/2008] David Fang successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis on profiling asynchronous circuits. David is joining Achronix Semiconductor.
   [4/2008] 3D thermal characterization chip functional. Our CICC paper describing the characterization results will appear in September.
   [2/2008] NASA test chip functional over the required temperature range (77K to 400K).
   [9/2007] The paper "Enabling Cognitive Architectures for UAV Mission Planning" summarizing the work done for the DARPA ACIP program by the Lockheed Martin-led team that included Cornell selected for the paper award at HPEC.
   [9/2006] Rajit Manohar attends NAE's Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.
   [9/2006] David Biermann successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis on an adaptive voltage scaling architecture. Dave will join Intel.
   [8/2006] Song Peng successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis on fault-tolerant asynchronous logic. Song will join Cadence.
   [7/2006] We are now part of the next three years of the FCRP C2S2 center.
   [3/2006] Filipp's paper "A Level-crossing Flash Asynchronous Analog-to-Digital Converter" selected as the best paper at ASYNC 2006.
   [10/2005] The paper "Dense sensor networks are also energy efficient: when 'more' is 'less'" by Yao-Win Hong, Birsen Sirkeci-Mergen and Profs. Scaglione and Manohar wins the Ellersick Award for best unclassified paper at MILCOM'05.
   [9/2005] EE times story on a startup based on work from our lab.
   [9/2005] Rajit Manohar named to MIT Technology Review Magazine's TR35.
   [9/2005] Testing SNAP complete! The processor operates correctly on first silicon. C programs run succesfully on the test board.
   [7/2005] Chris LaFrieda successfully defends his M.S. thesis.
   [7/2005] Filipp Akopyan successfully defends his M.S. thesis.
   [4/2005] Clint Kelly and Virantha Ekanayake successfully defend their Ph.D. theses. Clint and Virantha are co-founders of Achronix Semiconductor, along with Rajit.
   [3/2005] We are part of TRUST, the newly formed NSF center on Cybersecurity.
   [3/2005] Virantha Ekanayake will join Johns Hopkins University as an Assistant Professor in the Fall.
   [5/2004] John Teifel successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis, providing an existence proof that it is possible to graduate from the AVLSI group! John will join Sandia National Labs.

 
  
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