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Dr. Stuart Parkin, Physicist and Materials Scientist

Ph.D. Physics, Cambridge (1982); World renowned leader in spintronics materials and devices; inventor of spin-valve sensor and magnetic tunnel junction magnetic random access memory; ~70 issued patents and >350 published papers; Member, National Academy of Sciences; IBM Fellow; Fellow Royal Society (London), Fellow American Physical Society, AAAS, IEEE and MRS awardee, many major international prizes; Director IBM-Stanford SpinAps Center.

Dr. Paul P. Maglio, Cognitive Scientist:

PhD, Cognitive Science, UCSD (1995); Senior Manager of Service Systems Research at IBM, responsible for service science world-wide; 13 issued patents and >90 published papers in computer science, cognitive science, and business; serves on many university and society advisory boards, and has chaired numerous international conferences; Associate Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science, UC Merced.

Dr. Chung Lam, Technologist

Ph. D., Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1988 on the IBM Resident Study Program.  Dr. Lam has published more than 50 papers and holds more than 70 US patents.  He is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Research and manages the Phase-Change Memory Project since 2003.

Dr. Bülent Kurdi, Technologist

Ph.D. Optics, The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester (1989); a technical professional who combines broad expertise from variety of complimentary technical disciplines with a proven track record of turning research projects into cost-effective manufacturing technologies while minimizing risk.

Dr. J. Campbell Scott, Physicist

Ph.D. Physics, Univ. of Pennsylvania (1975); World renowned leader in organic electronic materials and devices; inventor in the areas of organic photoconductors, electrophotography, organic photorefractive materials, biochemical sensors, organic light-emitting diodes, and nonvolatile memory; > 17 patents and > 160 scientific and technical publications; Fellow American Physical Society, member Materials Research Society.

Stanford University

Prof. Kwabena Boahen, Neuromorphic Engineer

Ph.D. Computation and Neural Systems, Caltech (1997). Nationally recognized pioneer in neuromorphic engineering; innovations include chips that emulate the retina, thalamus, hippocampus, visual cortex, and retinotectal map formation; >60 publications, including a Scientific American cover story; several distinguished honors, including Packard Fellowship, NSF CAREER Award, ONR Young Investigator Award, and NIH Director’s Pioneer Award; Director, Stanford Brains in Silicon Lab.

Prof. Brian Wandell, Stein Family Professor

Chair of Psychology, and member of Electrical Engineering and Radiology (by courtesy); co-director of Initiative on Human Health; ~10 patents, ~130 published papers; and textbook Foundations of Vision. Troland Award (NAS), Electronic Imaging Scientist of the Year (SPIE), Tillyer Award (OSA), Edridge Green Medal in Ophthalmology, NAS member since 2003.

Prof. H.-S. Phillip Wong,

At Stanford since September, 2004 after 16 years at IBM Research. IEEE Fellow, IEEE EDS AdCom member (2001 - 2006). IEDM committee member (1998 - 2007), Technical Program Chair (2006) and General Chair (2007). ISSCC committee member (1998 - 2004), Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (2005 - 2006). Member of the Emerging Research Devices Working Group of ITRS.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Prof. Gulio Tononi, Neuroscientist

MD 1985, PhD Neurobiology 1989, Psychiatry 1989 (Pisa); Professor of Psychiatry, Distinguished Chair in Consciousness Science, U. Wisconsin, Madison. Developed the Integrated Information Theory of Consciousness (2004); the Synaptic Homeostasis Hypothesis of sleep function (2003). Published several times in Nature, Science, etc. Authored 3 books on consciousness. NIH Director Pioneer Award, Honorary Doctor, U. Zurich, International Prizes; Many Patents.

Columbia University Medical Center

Prof. Stefano Fusi, Physicist and Theoretical Neuroscientist


Ph.D. Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1999); Professor at ETH, Zurich, from 2005. Since 2007, is also Assistant Professor at Columbia University, NY. He discovered and solved the fundamental problem of memory forgetting in electronic synapses. He is the author of 38 journal papers, some of them published on Nature Neuroscience and Neuron.

Cornell University

Prof. Rajit Manohar, Computer Scientist

Ph.D. Computer Science, Caltech (1998); Leader in asynchronous VLSI design; inventor of GHz-speed FPGA technology and ultra low power processors; ~10 issued patents and >50 published papers; MIT Technology Review TR35 awardee; Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Achronix Semiconductor Corp.

University of California at Merced

Prof. Christopher Kello, Cognitive Scientist

Ph.D. Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz (1996); Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, Merced; Internationally recognized leader in neural network modeling of high-level cognition (i.e. human language); 2 patents and >35 published papers; NSF Director’s Award recipient; Member, Psychonomics, Sigma Xi, Cognitive Science Societies; Member, NSF committees on Complexity, Neuroscience, and Cyberinfrastructure.


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