[Comp-neuro] Research positions in Neuromorphic computing in Singapore

Yansong Chua james4424 at gmail.com
Tue Jul 4 06:46:26 CEST 2017


Multiple scientist and engineer positions are open for a 4-year
neuromorphic program in Singapore, at the Institute for Infocomm Research
(I2R), A*STAR. The program is a multi-disciplinary effort, that straddles
across the hardware (neuromorphic chip with RRAM, on-chip learning),
middleware (emulator) and software (learning algorithms), and we aim to
develop a demonstrating application system at end of the program. The
program hence presents an unique research opportunity for candidates hoping
to build a complete neuromorphic learning system. We are now in the early
stages of the program and are actively recruiting talented scientists who
would be excited to work on any aspects of the program (hardware,
middleware, software and system integration). Multiple top-ranked
universities and research institutes in Singapore (NUS, NTU, IME, IHPC,
I2R) are working on the program.

The work package I am in-charge of is primarily involved in the design of
better algorithms for spiking neural networks. To this end, successful
candidates will conduct research in one or more of the following areas:

- Neuronal encoding: how to better encode external stimuli into spike based
representations to facilitate decoding with high fidelity and also better
learning performance (in terms of accuracy and power efficiency).

- Supervised learning: given that spiking neural networks are asynchronous
and sparse in their activities, the design of supervised learning
algorithms that can fully capitalize on these properties becomes critical.

- Mapping of state-of-art deep learning networks to spiking networks.
Neuromorphic learning algorithms are still solving fairly simple problems
compared to deep learning. For this, we would like to systematically borrow
from the deep learning community networks and learning algorithms that can
quickly boost the capabilities of spiking neural networks.

- Unsupervised learning. STDP is well suited for unsupervised learning in
spiking neural networks, and we would like to further advance STDP learning
in spiking neural networks (both theory and applications).

Preference will be given to candidates who can document knowledge in deep
learning, spiking neural networks or signal processing (with interest in
spiking neural networks).

Candidates must have a PhD (for scientists) or MS/BS (for engineers) in
computer science, computational neuroscience or related fields. Strong
programming and quantitative skills are highly desired. Candidates should
be proficient in spoken and written English.

The appointment will be for 3 years, and extended for another 1 year, after
review. Salaries are commensurate with internationally-competitive salaries
and benefits. The start date is flexible and applications will be
considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled.

Other benefits include:
- Funding for international conferences and training courses
- Collaboration opportunities with an excellent network of international
scientists

Candidates please send your curriculum vitae, a statement of research
interests and three references to Dr. Yansong Chua (chuays at i2r.a-star.edu.sg
).
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