Master Thesis: Learnable Inverter/Activation for Printed Neuromorphics
April 6th, 2022 | Published in Education
Artificial neural networks, Optimization, Printed electronics, Design automation.
Printed Electronics Due to the stretchability, non-toxicity, and ultra-low-cost, printed electronics (PE) dominates the innovative areas such as wearable technology and Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructures. In contrast to silicon-based technology, PE is additive manufacturing that allows high-degree customization and low-amount production, and thus has received considerable interest in edge-AI community.
Artificial neural networks (ANNs) ANNs simulate the human nervous system and have a solid ability to deal with non-linear problems. Besides, the learning-based optimization allows them an extremely high efficiency in designing their parameters. Further, the ultra-simplicity of their computing units (weighted-sum & activation) are ideal for the hardware implementation in PE. A promising approach it is the printed neuromorphic computing system.
Printed neuromorphics Despite the availability of a large number of computing units in the field of ubiquitous computing and edge-AI (such as Arduino and mobile phones), the cost and extravagant computing resources can still be saved by printed neuromorphic systems. Printed neuromorphics are the hardware implementation of ANN using resistors, transistors, etc. However, the emerging printed neuromorphics are not perfect. However, due to the hardware-limitation, the components in
Goal of thesis implement the learnable inverter and activation function for the printed neuromorphics.
Implement a training framework for printed neuromorphics with learnable inverter & activation
Augment the designed framework to variational-aware
Evaluate the proposed framework
We provide you
Chance & experience in field of artificial neural networks, design automation, and optimization.
Intensive and interdisciplinary support
A pleasant working atmosphere and constructive cooperation
Possibility to publish this work as one of the co-authors
Students major in Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Informatics, and other related majors
Independent thinking and working
Strong knowledge of Python (specifically Pytorch)
Strong knowledge in artificial neural networks
If you are interested in this work, please contact Haibin Zhao ().
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