You may not know it, but you likely have 5,000,000,000 tiny electrical switches in your pocket. Each switch is precisely and purposefully linked with the others to form an inconceivably intricate tapestry -- a tapestry capable of everything from recognizing language to flying a plane. The growth of computer processors has shaped modern life and yet we still have so many important and fundamental questions remaining. Professor Sherwood will discuss the state of the art in computing and how the demands for energy efficient and intelligent systems is driving the creation of entirely new approaches to the problem inspired by the human brain.
Tim Sherwood is a Professor of Computer Science at UCSB, specializing in the development of high performance, low power, and mathematically verifiable computer systems. He holds a BS from UC Davis, MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from UC San Diego, and now serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research for UCSB. He is a Distinguished Scientist of the Association of Computing Machinery, co-founder of a startup on computer hardware security, winner of the UCSB Academic Senate Teaching Award, and seven-time recipient of the “Top-Pick” award from IEEE Micro Magazine for contributions related to chip and silicon system design.