UPSIDE – Unconventional Processing of Signals for Intelligent Data Exploitation
CBN (Computational Biology and Neurocomputing) seminars
Monday 04 November 2013
to 11:00 at
Prof. Dan Hammerstrom (Portland State University, USA)
Today’s Defense missions rely on massive amounts of sensor data collected by intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms. Not only has the volume of sensor data increased exponentially, there has also been a dramatic increase in the complexity of analysis required for applications such as target identification and tracking. The digital processors used for ISR data analysis are limited by power requirements, potentially limiting the speed and type of data analysis that can be done. Furthermore, as Moore’s Law slows down, power scaling has more or less stopped.
The UPSIDE program seeks to break the status quo of digital processing with methods of video and imagery analysis based on the physics of nanoscale devices. UPSIDE processing will be non-digital and fundamentally different from current digital processors and the power and speed limitations associated with them. Unlike traditional digital processors that operate by executing specific instructions to compute, it is envisioned that UPSIDE arrays will rely on a higher level computational element based on probabilistic inference embedded within a digital system.