March 14, 2005
Rob A. Rutenbar, Carnegie Mellon's Jatras Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is featured in the March 2005 edition of The Economist's Technology Quarterly. His team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon and the University of California at Berkeley is working to design a radically new silicon chip architecture targeted at speech recognition. The goal is to do recognition 100 to 1,000 times more efficiently than a conventional computer.
The team was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop this chip, which could have applications to homeland security. This work is also supported by the U.S. semiconductor community and the Department of Defense (DARPA) under the auspices of the national MARCO Focus Center for Circuit and System Solutions (C2S2), a consortium of U.S. universities for which Rutenbar is the director.