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October 12, 2009

Career Opportunities in Cognitive Computing

IBM has recently won Phase 1 of the DARPA SyNAPSE project that seeks to discover, demonstrate, and deliver algorithms of the brain via a combination of (computational) neuroscience, supercomputing, and nanotechnology. We are seeking world-class candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: computational neuroscience (spiking computation, synaptic plasticity, structural plasticity), reinforcement learning, nonlinear dynamical systems, systems of coupled difference equations, neuroanatomy (gray matter, white matter), neurophysiology, neuromodulation, network analysis, neuromorphic chip design, analog VLSI, digital VLSI, ultra low-power computing, asynchronous VLSI, address events, circuit simulation, chip layout, chip testing, large-scale simulations, MPI (message passing interface), programming distributed memory machines, visualization, and virtual environments (USARSim) for cognitive task design. Interdisciplinary candidates with background in computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and computational neuroscience are strongly encouraged to apply. Outstanding communication skills, ability to interact with a large, technically diverse, distributed team, demonstrated publication record, and relentless focus on project metrics and milestones are a must. 
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

Research Scientist - https://jobs3.netmedia1.com/cp/job_summary.jsp?job_id=RES-0262561 
Post Doc - https://jobs3.netmedia1.com/cp/job_summary.jsp?job_id=RES-0262571
Senior Engineer - https://jobs3.netmedia1.com/cp/job_summary.jsp?job_id=RES-0262576

October 10, 2009

Subramanian (Subu) Iyer

I had tremendous good fortune to spend time with Dr. Subu Iyer. He is one of the driving forces behind IBM's technological leadership in EDRAM.

Biography: Subramanian S. Iyer is Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technologist for the Semiconductor Research and Development Center, IBM Systems & Technology Group, and is responsible for setting semiconductor technology direction. Till recently he was Director of 45nm CMOS Development. He obtained his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles. He joined the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in 1981 and was manager of the Exploratory Structures and Devices Group till 1994, when he founded SiBond LLC to develop and manufacture Silicon-on-insulator materials. He has been with the IBM Microelectronics Division since 1997. His current technical interests and work lie in the area of 3-dimensional integration for memory sub-systems and the semiconductor roadmap at 22nm and beyond. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, NY. Dr. Iyer is a Fellow of IEEE and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE and Chair of the mid-Hudson chapter of the Electron Device Scoiety.

October 02, 2009

A History of Nobel Prizes in Nerve Signaling

William Risk pointed out the following extremely interesting page that aummarizes the work of several Nobel-prize winning researches:

Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1906)
Charles Sherrington and Edgar Adrian (1932)
Sir Henry Dale and Otto Loewi (1936)
Joseph Erlanger and Herbert Gasser (1944)
Alan Hodgkin, Andrew Huxley and Sir John Eccles (1963)
Sir Bernard Katz, Ulf von Euler and Julius Axelrod (1970)
Stanley Cohen and Rita Levi-Montalcini (1986)
Erwin Neher and Bert Sakmann (1991)
Arvid Carlsson, Paul Greengard and Eric Kandel (2000)