UD Electrical and Computer Engineering Dr. Tarek Taha

Deep Thoughts

Taking his cue from the human brain, University of Dayton researcher Tarek Taha received a three-year, $440,000 award from the National Science Foundation to develop a computer chip that can think for itself. This technology will lead to systems being more secure, efficient and compact.

Deep learning, an approach to artificial intelligence based in mathematical algorithms, is at the root of Taha’s work.

"Deep learning involves mimicking what we think the human brain may do, teaching a system, and once you teach it, it works on its own. This latest project is to do the actual teaching," said Taha 

With this grant, his third NSF award, Taha is developing a memristor that can do the work of one million neurons or 10,000 computer processors, all while using less than a watt of power.

 Memristor-based computing chips have many potential applications, from robots to security. Taha envisions the tiny devices being used to develop lightweight prosthetics that can learn how the person wants to move their new limb — without the need for programming or software updates.

At UD, we’re committed to developing solutions that make the world a better place — for everyone.

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