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Photonic Technologies for Ultrafast Neuromorphic Computing and AI

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Personal Statement

I am a Reader and Turing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Fellow with the Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (UK). I completed my Ph.D. at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. I have more than 15 years of international research experience in photonics, having worked at the Universities of Essex and Strathclyde (UK), the University of New Mexico (USA) and UPM (Spain). I was the recipient of two Marie Curie Fellowships awarded by the European Commission, and a Chancellor’s Fellowship from the University of Strathclyde, following which I was appointed as a Lecturer at Strathclyde’s Institute of Photonics in 2014. At Strathclyde, I have established and lead the Neuromorphic Photonics research group and have been Principal Investigator in programmes funded by UK (e.g. EPSRC), US (e.g. ONRG) and EU (e.g. H2020 Programme) agencies. Notably, in 2020 I was awarded a Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Office and the UK Govt. Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Dept., to develop a 5-year Programme on ‘Photonics for Ultrafast AI’.

Research Interests

My research interests lie within Photonics for Neuromorphic Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI). This is a rapidly emerging scientific field combining concepts from diverse disciplines (e.g. photonics, neuroscience, computer science) seeking to emulate the brain’s powerful computational capabilities for new paradigms in light-enabled ultrafast brain-inspired computing and AI. I have established the Neuromorphic Photonics group at Strathclyde, which deliveres fundamental and impact-inspired research in this emerging field, with a main focus on novel ultrafast artificial photonic spking neurons, photonic spiking neural networks and optical spike-based processing platforms towards high-speed, energy-efficient, light-enabled, brain-inspired computing architectures.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, Bistable Photonic Structures for Computing and Switching, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

Award Date: 18 Dec 2006


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