Neurotech Forum II:

Neuromorphic Computing Technologies: Opportunities, challenges and Applications Roadmap

Date: March 15, 2021

Registration opens on February 1st and is free of charge.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is already enabling accelerated classification and discovery in a broad range of applications. However, challenges remain in the trust in and explainability of the outputs results. Furthermore, the implementation of AI on legacy computing systems suffers from performance and power efficiency challenges, limiting the application scope. Hence, the success of AI created an urgent need for dedicated neuromorphic computing hardware as well as more advanced architectures and algorithms. Establishing the neuromorphic computing technology of tomorrow, wide research efforts are deployed in materials science, circuit design, fabrication and algorithms.

This forum of the European Union funded project NEUROTECH will bring together experts from academia, industry, SME’s and start-ups to address some of the most urgent questions in AI:

  • what are the challenges – performance, reliability, ethics – in applying AI and neuromorphic computing technologies?
  • which neuromorphic computing technologies are already available, how to build functional systems and applications?
  • how can enterprises adopt AI and neuromorphic computing technology – What support would accelerate the success?
  • how to improve and strengthen interactions and collaboration between academia and industry in Europe and globally.

The forum will also depict the landscape of neuromorphic computing technology users, with a special focus on the use of AI in edge-computing.

Topical Agenda

Time Topic Speaker
Morning   TDA
9:00 Challenges in NCT  
  Presentation 1: Application  
  Presentation 2: Technology  
10:00 Spiking and artificial neural networks  
  Presentation 1: Neuromorphic accelerators  
  Presentation 2: Event-based platforms  
11:00 The precision dilemma  
  Presentation 1: From noisy devices to stable solutions  
11:30 Towards AI at the edge  
  Presentation 1: Vision camera  
  Presentation 2: Health  
  Presentation 3: Robotics  
Lunch Break    
13:30 The startup landscape in neuromorphic computing 5x10 min presentations of SMEs  
14:30 Open discussion Promote bridges between industry and academia? How to enable SMEs to use AI/NCT?  
15:30 Neuromorphic computing and ethics  
16:30 Summary and conclusions  
17:00 Close  


IBM Research GmbH, Switzerland


Laura Begon-Lours

Antonio La Porta

Bert Offrein

Principal investigator

The University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Melika Payvand



Elisa Donati


Giacomo Indiveri