November & December 2020
January & February 2021

Online event

Webinar 'Photonics & Artificial Intelligence'

Tuesday 9 February
15:00 - 17:00

Bert Jan Offrein

IBM Research Zurich

Title: Photonic signal processing for neuromorphic computing


Neuromorphic computing recently obtained tremendous interest. New dedicated hardware is required for power efficient and high-performance neural network training and inference. The prospects of photonic implementations will be discussed and examples will be presented.


Bert Offrein received his Ph.D. degree in nonlinear integrated optics from the University of Twente (NL) in 1994. He then joined IBM Research – Zurich and contributed to establishing and commercializing adaptive integrated optical technology for DWDM networks. From 2004 to 2016, Bert Offrein was managing the photonics group, addressing optical interconnects for computing systems. Since 2016, he is leading the neuromorphic devices and systems group, focussing on novel hardware for neural networks. Bert Offrein is a principal research staff member at IBM Research and the co-author of over 150 publications and the co-inventor of more than 35 patents.

Company description:

IBM Research – Zurich is one of IBM’s 12 research labs, which includes 3,000 scientists on six continents. The spectrum of research activities ranges from exploratory research in areas such as quantum systems, neuromorphic computing and nanoscience as the basis for future computing technology, to cloud computing and storage, cognitive computing and systems, systems biology, cybersecurity and privacy and most recently blockchain.