ChipAI: Partners assess project evolution after the first 6 months


On September 4th and 5th, all partners of the H2020 ChipAI project met in Glasgow, United Kingdom, at the Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, for the 6-month meeting update of all activities regarding the project.

ChipAI project is funded by the Horizon2020 program from the European Commission on the call H2020-EU-FETOpen and aims at developing a nanoscale photonics-enabled technology capable of delivering compact, high-bandwidth and energy-efficient central processing units (CPUs) using optically interconnected neuron-like sources and detectors.

The meeting was hosted by Dr. Antonio Hurtado, the Principal Investigator at the University of Strathclyde. In addition to the project update from all project partners, it was discussed the work related to the neuromorphic design of nanoscale photonic chips and interconnects capable to deliver compact, high-bandwidth, and energy-efficient optically interconnected spiking sources and detectors for artificial intelligence systems. The meeting also covered the administrative aspects of the project including management, dissemination, exploitation and communication and the plan and strategy of the ChipAI project for the upcoming months.

Note about the project: The ChipAI project is running from March 2019 to February 2022. The project team includes leading research institutes, universities, and companies under the leadership of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, (IGO – Portugal). Other partners are the University of Glasgow, (UK), University of Strathclyde, (UK), Eindhoven University of Technology, (The Netherlands), FCiências.ID of the Universidade de Lisboa, (Portugal), Universitat de les Illes Baleares, (Spain), IQE, (UK), and IBM Research, (Switzerland).


Adapted from: J. Leuthold, et al. 49(5), Optics and Photonics News, 2013

Adapted from: J. Leuthold, et al. 49(5), Optics and Photonics News, 2013

On March 28th at the Centre Pompidou, during the STARTS Residencies Days, ChipAI together with Matthew Biederman won a STARTS Artistic Residency - the Mark II spiking perceptron.

The STARTS Residencies programme aims to support and fund artistic residencies that bring original artistic contributions to technology-based projects. During each STARTS Residency, a Tech Project collaborates with an Artist, leading to the creation of an original artwork, and the development of the innovative aspects of the tech research. A grant is awarded to the Artist of each STARTS Residency as a contribution to their involvement in the residencies programme.

The main goal of the Artistic Residency is to establish a long-standing connection between emerging light and artificial intelligence technologies developed in ChipAI and the general public by means of art. The proposed activities aim at discovering new ways to perceive light-based and AI-related disruptive technologies by the general audience by pursuing the following key objectives:

1. Design and creation of multifunctional products, while using ChipAI’s laboratory material samples and proof-of-concept prototypes as sources of inspiration;

2. Considering the societal challenges of creating sustainable and energy-efficient artificial intelligence technologies, activities engaging public with this emerging field of science and technology, or even the creation of a significant public dissemination of project’s activities may be explored by the artist.

Matthew Biederman will gain access to the INL facilities and will have the possibility to interact with the international multidisciplinary research community at the INl facilities, have access to open databases, computer codes, image and digital data sets, as well as tools, material samples and proof-of-concept prototypes.

Kick-Off Meeting | ChipAI Project

On March 13-14 the partners of the H2020 ChipAI project met in Braga for the kick-off meeting. The project is funded by the Horizon2020 program from the European Commission on the call H2020-EU.1.2.1. - FET Open.

CHIPAI project includes collaborations between research institutes, universities and companies representing different business sectors. The consortium in the project consists of project partners participants, where Research and Development (R&D), Small and Medium Enterprises (SME)and Industry are represented.

ChipAI aims at developing nanoscale photonic chips capable to deliver compact, high-bandwidth and energy efficient CPU’s using optically interconnected spiking neuron-like sources and detectors.