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Replicating the Human Mind

(L-R, back row first) Jacobs School professors Robert Hecht-Nielsen, Kenneth Kreutz-Delgado and Elias Masry enjoyed a recent visit from Jacobs School alumnus Dharmendra S. Modha Electrical engineering Ph.D. 1995, MS 1993)
(L-R, back row first) Jacobs School professors Robert Hecht-Nielsen, Kenneth Kreutz-Delgado and Elias Masry enjoyed a recent visit from Jacobs School alumnus Dharmendra S. Modha (Electrical engineering Ph.D. 1995, MS 1993)

The IEEE selected Jacobs School alumnus Dharmendra S. Modha as one of seven top minds to discuss how emerging technologies have the potential to change the world.

As a part of this IEEE 125th Anniversary panel, Modha discussed cognitive computing, an area of particular expertise for the electrical engineering Ph.D. (1995) who manages the cognitive computing department at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA. Modha is also the Principal Investigator for SyNAPSE, a large scale effort spread across IBM Research and five universities to replicate the human mind. Funded by DARPA, engineers and scientists are developing computing systems that simulate and emulate the brain's abilities for sensation, perception, action, interaction and cognition while rivaling its low power consumption and compact size.

"I owe a great debt to UCSD, and to my many wonderful professors from the Jacobs School, especially Elias Masry and Robert Hecht-Nielsen, for their priceless gift of education," says Modha, who recently returned to the Jacobs School for a visit. "Fundamental training persists. Professors change lives when they teach thinking, when they teach students how to approach any problem - how to rigorously break down any problem and deal with it," says Modha.

"Now, as a proud UC San Diego alumnus, I am staying connected and working with our university to raise the visibility of the accomplished students, faculty and alumni who add value to our degrees every day."

Replicating the Human Mind

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