The building of the European Institute for Neuromorphic Computing (EINC) provides research and working space for scientists of our faculty, the Cluster of Excellence STRUCTURES as well as the new Faculty of Engineering, who are working on the development and establishment of new computer technologies and computer concepts based on fundamental physical principles. With various technology platforms based on high-end analog electronics, advanced integrated optics, and highly controlled quantum systems, new hardware concepts will emerge through collaboration between different disciplines. One focus will be on neuromorphic computing, which was developed on the basis of electronic systems within the European Human Brain Project. With modern optical systems, it will now enter a new dimension. Here, the established principles of conventional computers will be replaced by new physical models of neural circuits. The new EINC building, with a floor space of around 2,200 square meters, creates a dynamic framework for the development of future computing architectures.
EINC traces its origins to the research of Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier. The experimental physicist from the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics in Heidelberg, who passed away in 2018, was one of the initiators of the Human Brain Project launched almost ten years ago - a "FET Flagship" initiative for forward-looking technologies launched by the European Commission as a long-term, large-scale research collaboration.