2016 Keynotes


Kwabena BoahenProf. Kwabena Boahen received the B.S. and M.S.E. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, both in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree in computation and neural systems from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, in 1997. He was on the bioengineering faculty of the University of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2005, where he held the first Skirkanich Term Junior Chair. He is presently a Professor in the Bioengineering Department of Stanford University, with a courtesy appointment in Electrical Engineering. He directs Stanford’s Brains in Silicon Laboratory, which develops silicon integrated circuits that emulate the way neurons compute, linking the seemingly disparate fields of electronics and computer science with neurobiology and medicine. He is an IEEE Fellow.


Web page: https://web.stanford.edu/group/brainsinsilicon/index.html




Leon ChuaLeon Chua is widely known for his invention of the Memristor and the Chua’s Circuit. His research has been recognized internationally through numerous major awards, including 16 honorary doctorates from major universities in Europe and Japan, and 7 USA patents. He was elected as Fellow of IEEE in 1974, a foreign member of the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europea) in 1997, a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2007, and an honorary fellow of the Institute of Advanced Study at the Technical University of Munich, Germany in 2012. He was honored with many major prizes, including the Frederick Emmons Award in 1974, the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award in 2000, the first IEEE Gustav Kirchhoff Award in 2005, the International Francqui Chair (Belgium) in 2006, the Guggenheim Fellow award in 2010, Leverhulme Professor Award (United Kingdom) during 2010-2011, and the EU Marie curie Fellow award, 2013.





David DiVincenzoAfter receiving a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and a doing a postdoc at Cornell University, David DiVincenzo was a member of the IBM research staff in the years 1985-2011. His final position at IBM was as Manager of the Physics of Information group at the T. J. Watson Research Center. He has worked on quantum information theory since 1993.  He proved that two-qubit gates are universal for quantum computing.  In 1996 he introduced, with Daniel Loss, the basic concept that is presently pursued for quantum-dot quantum computing.  He authored the seven “DiVincenzo criteria” for the physical implementation of quantum computers.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Associate Editor of Reviews of Modern Physics, and the author of over 200 published papers.  He is presently Alexander von Humboldt Professor, and Director of the Institute for Quantum Information, at RWTH Aachen University, and Director of the Institute for Theoretical Nanoelectronics at the Juelich Research Center.

Web page: https://www.quantuminfo.physik.rwth-aachen.de/go/id/fcbr?lidx=1



Neil GershenfeldProf. Neil Gershenfeld is the Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. His unique laboratory is breaking down boundaries between the digital and physical worlds, from creating molecular quantum computers to virtuosic musical instruments. Technology from his lab has been seen and used in settings including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and rural Indian villages, the White House and the World Economic Forum, inner-city community centers and automobile safety systems, Las Vegas shows and Sami herds. He is the author of numerous technical publications, patents, and books including FabWhen Things Start To ThinkThe Nature of Mathematical Modeling, and The Physics of Information Technology, and has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The EconomistNPRCNN, and PBS. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has been named one of Scientific American’s 50 leaders in science and technology, as one of 40 Modern-Day Leonardos by the Museum of Science and Industry, one of Popular Mechanic’s 25 Makers, has been selected as a CNN/Time/Fortune Principal Voice, and by Prospect/Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 public intellectuals. Dr. Gershenfeld has a BA in Physics with High Honors from Swarthmore College, a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University, honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College, Strathclyde University and the University of Antwerp, was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard University Society of Fellows, and a member of the research staff at Bell Labs.

Web page: http://ng.cba.mit.edu/




Hideo MabuchiHideo Mabuchi received an A.B. in Physics (1992) from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Physics (1998) from the California Institute of Technology. After spending nine years as a faculty member at Caltech with appointments in Physics and Control & Dynamical Systems he moved in 2007 to Stanford University as a Professor of Applied Physics. He has served as Chair of his Department from 2010-2016. In 2000 he was named a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Current interests include quantum optics and photonics, quantum feedback control, new fundamentals for quantum engineering, single-molecule biophysics, and undergraduate curriculum development at the interface of art and science.

Web page: https://minty2.stanford.edu/wp/





Luping ShiLuping Shi is a national distinguished professor, founding director of the Center for Brain Inspired Computing Research (CBICR) at Tsinghua University (THU) in China. He is an SPIE fellow. He received the Doctor of Science from University of Cologne, Germany in 1992. From 1993 to 1996, he was a postdoc at the Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena, Germany and the City University of Hong Kong. From 1996 to 2013 he served at the Data Storage Institute in Singapore as a senior scientist and division manager, initiating the Optical Storage program, founded the Non-Volatile Memory (NVM), and Artificial Cognitive Memory programs. He joined THU in 2013 to found CBICR, which is one center in China to study Brain Inspired Computing (BIC) in all directions including fundamental theory, chip, software, and applications platform. He has served as Chair and Program Chair of major conferences in semiconductor memory and optical storage, including as Co-Chair of the IEEE NVMTS2011-2016 and ODS2008-2011. His areas of expertise include BIC, NVM, optical memory, and photonics. He has published more than 200 papers in prestigious journals. He is the recipient of the National Technology Award 2004 from Singapore.