The NimbleAI consortium partners and industry advisors cover the entire semiconductor value chain to ensure the resulting IP is manufacturable, usable and relevant to industry.
Since its foundation in 1815, Vienna Technical University (TU Vienna) has been actively pursuing its Motto “Technology for people” (“Technik für Menschen”) in a wide range of academic fields. With its focus on engineering, computer science and natural sciences it has been a partner for innovation and innovation-oriented enterprises for over 200 years. The Cyber-Physical-Systems research group (CPS), the group working on this project, actively researches specification, design, analysis and control of cyber-physical systems. In the last few years the group has expanded its control research into the realm of neural networks.
TU Vienna will contribute an abstract model of (human) attention to the project, which can be used by other members. We will also look into use-cases of the end product, especially in our current research use-cases. The requirements we will find, will be used, together with other use-case partners to build a set of requirements for the end product.
CSIC is the largest research organization in Spain. It is a public body with 13000 employees and 124 research institutes. CSIC participates with the “Instituto de Microelectrónica de Sevilla” (IMSE), devoted to research in microelectronic circuit design. The participating team is the “Neuromorphic Group”, an analog and mixed-signal design group with about 30 years experience in neuromorphic systems, holding 9 patents and co-founder of two spin-off companies related to neuromorphic engineering systems.
The role of IMSE in the project is to develop a new version of Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS) with electronic foveation capability to improve overall system energy consumption by efficient data reduction. Additionally 3D monocular vision will be considered.
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas: defence and security, low carbon energies (nuclear and renewable energies), technological research for industry, fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences. It has 9 research centres and 21 148 employees. In NimbleAI, CEA participates with CEA-List and CEA-Leti Institutes of the Technology Research Division. CEA-List has sites in the innovation hubs of Paris-Saclay and Grenoble, France. Its R&D programs address the Factory of the Future, digital twins, artificial intelligence, and digital trust. They are backed by innovation and tech transfer mechanisms designed to help our R&D partners stay competitive. CEA-List brings together nearly 1,000 scientists, engineers, and technicians—all experts in smart digital systems. They are committed to developing high-added-value innovations that respond to the major challenges facing our economy and society.
The role of CEA-List in NimbleAI Project is to develop a new programming model for a specialized processing that couples in-memory computing and programmable logic (eFPGA).