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Ella Gale: Building a Neuromorphic (brainlike) Computer

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Ella Gale

"I am interested in unconventional computing," says Ella Gale, a post-doctoral research associate at UWE Bristol.

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Ella Gale, one of the young researchers attending the 1st Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany, says her interest is unconventional computing. The British research fellow is jointly working at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the University of the West of England, and she says she is interested in building a neuromorphic computer from memristors.

"I think that the lack of success so far in making truly intelligent machines may be because we have so far lacked brain-like components to make it: however, even if memristor networks fail at this task, it would be interesting," Gale says.

She also is interested in using bio-inspired approaches in computing as a source of novel algorithms.

Gale initially earned a degree in chemistry, but became interested in computer science while pursuing a Ph.D., as computational simulations enabled her to see its usefulness to physical science. Post-doc, Gale switched to using chemistry to build computers. "I think I was attracted to computer science because it is a new field with wide-open vistas and there is a lot of room to be a generalist, in fact a general overview is necessary for computing in a way that it isn't for the natural sciences," she notes.

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