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Recent Advances in Neuromorphic Computing – Sharing of Memrisys 2019 Conference


Prof. R. Stanley Williams

Texas A&M University 

Date & Time

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

8:30 am


CB-A, G/F, Chow Yei Ching Building, HKU

I will present some of my work and also report on several significant advancements that were reported at the Memrisys 2019 conference in Dresden, Germany from July 8 - 11. I think that the field made a phase transition, and there were many very significant papers - two showing how neuromorphic approaches can actually beat quantum computing for certain types of calculations.

R. Stanley Williams recently retired as a Senior Fellow and Senior Vice President at Hewlett Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA., and is now a Chair Professor at Texas A&M University. For the past 40 years, his primary scientific research has been in the areas of solid-state chemistry and physics and their applications to technology. This has taken him on a journey that began with surface science; expanded to electronic, photonic and ionic nanotechnologies; and now encompasses computation, chaos, complexity and neuroarchitectonics.

In 2008, a team of researchers he led announced that they had built and demonstrated the first intentional memristor, the fourth fundamental nonlinear electronic circuit element predicted by Prof. Leon Chua in 1971. Williams has received widespread recognition for business, scientific and academic achievement, including being named one of the top 10 visionaries in the field of electronics by EETimes, the 2014 IEEE Outstanding Engineering Manager Award, the 2010 HP CEO's Award for Innovation, the 2009 EETimes Innovator of the Year ACE Award, the 2007 Glenn T. Seaborg Medal for contributions to Chemistry, the 50th Anniversary Laureate Lecturer on Electrical and Optical Materials for the TMS, etc.

Prior to HP, Williams was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Labs and a Professor in the department of chemistry at UCLA. He holds over 225 US patents, more than 200 patents outside the US, and over 440 papers published in reviewed scientific journals. Williams received his B.A. in chemical physics from Rice University and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.

Research Areas:

Advanced Materials

Contact for


Dr. W.D. Li

(852) 3917 8982

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