Dr. Yoeri van de Burgt: Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TUe)
Title: Organic Electronics for Neuromorphic Computing

Abstract: Neuromorphic computing could address the inherent limitations of conventional silicon technology in dedicated machine learning applications. Recent work on large crossbar arrays of two-terminal memristive devices has led to the development of promising neuromorphic systems. However, delivering a compact and efficient parallel computing technology that is capable of embedding artificial neural networks in hardware remains a significant challenge. 

Organic electronic materials have shown potential to overcome some of these limitations. This talk describes state-of-the-art organic neuromorphic devices and provides an overview of the current challenges in the field and attempts to address them. We demonstrate a novel concept based on an organic electrochemical transistor and show how crucial challenges in the field such as stability, variability and linearity can be overcome. 

Bio: Yoeri obtained his PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2014 on carbon nanotubes. Then he briefly worked in Switzerland at a high-tech startup, after which he obtained a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University (USA), to work on organic neuromorphic materials and electrochemical transistors. At the end of 2016 he returned to Eindhoven as an assistant professor. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge (UK) and was recently awarded an ERC starting grant.