The last fifty years have seen a remarkable progress in information processing due to great strides made in electronics and computing. However, our machines and tools are yet to reach the capabilities, precision and complexity seen in natural, biological systems.
Biomimetic devices strive to understand and replicate certain elements of the natural world so as to solve technological problems. A striking example emerges when you compare the human brain and a computer. The human brain is structurally far more complex than a supercomputer, and yet, it occupies much less space, consumes much less power & can easily perform complex tasks of learning and memory. Is it possible to develop devices that behave like neurons in the brain? Can they be interconnected to develop a system with the computing and learning capabilities of a human brain? What kind of circuits and software will be required to enable such a system? These are just few of the many exciting questions that shape the research done on neuromorphic devices and computing today.
Here are our stories as we attempt to answer some of these questions in our facility.
Nanoscale Device Mimics Neuron Junctions in the Brain
Tunable resistance of an oxide thin film can be used to imitate the working of a synapse