Join us this January as Professor Joyce Poon (EngSci 0T2) discusses how innovations in internet technology are creating the potential to map the human brain. Integrated photonics technology is enabling blazing fast internet connectivity in fiber optic networks. New innovations are taking integrated photonics beyond communications to new frontiers such as neural implants for brain activity mapping. This presentation will cover the the collaborative research being done at laboratories located in Germany and University of Toronto, to enable new types of brain-inspired (i.e., neuromorphic) computing systems and interfaces to the brain.
Joyce Poon is a Director of the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Toronto, and an Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Technical University of Berlin. She and her team specialize in integrated photonics on silicon.
Prof. Poon obtained the Ph.D. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 2007 and 2003 respectively, and the B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2002. Recognitions she has received include a Canada Research Chair (2012-2017), ECE Department Teaching Award (2017), OFC Top-Scored Paper (2017), the McCharles Prize for Early Research Career Distinction (2013), MIT TR35 (2012), and the IBM Faculty Award (2010, 2011). She is a Fellow of the Optical Society.
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