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Katie Schuman

Department of Energy: Katie Schuman—Giving Neuromorphic Computers Brains and Brawn


Katie Schuman (’15, PhD, CompSci) is a neuromorphic computing researcher at Oak Ridge National Laboratory where she works with the Nature Inspired Machine Learning Team. She is working to figure out what makes the human brain so powerful and ways to leverage biologically inspired computing to build more powerful computers.

Schuman is using ORNL’s supercomputer Titan, and maybe Summit soon, to hopefully build the next generation of supercomputers or edge computers. She along with Doug Birdwell, retired professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Mark Dean, John Fisher Distinguished Professor, have co-founded the TENNLab which tries to apply the principles of the human brain into designing the next generation of computer systems.

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