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Research Staff Member, In-memory computing
IBM Research - Zurich




Short biography

Irem Boybat is a Research Staff Member at the In-memory computing group of IBM Research – Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to joining IBM – Research Zurich, Irem was a research scholar at IBM Research – Almaden, San Jose, California with similar research focus. She received her Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 2020. Previously, she had obtained an M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from EPFL, Switzerland, in 2015, and a B.Sc. degree in Electronics Engineering from Sabanci University, Turkey, in 2013. Her research interests include in-memory computing for AI systems, neuromorphic computing, and emerging resistive memory. She was a co-recipient of the 2018 IBM Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award and a co-recipient of the 2018 IBM Research Division Award on neuromorphic computing using phase-change memory devices. She was awarded the 2020 EPFL PhD Thesis Distinction in Electrical Engineering.



- Don't forget to register for the online conference Neuromorphic Materials, Devices, Circuits and Systems (NeuMatDeCaS) that will take place from the 23rd to the 25th of January 2023!

- The EU Horizon Europe project NeuroSoC has recently initiated with the in-person kickoff meeting.

- Our issue Frontiers Research Topic: Hardware for Artificial Intelligence successfully came to an end, the e-book of the issue along with the editorial by co-editors A. Serb, M. Payvand, O. Rhodes and myself is now online.

- The EU Horizon Europe project BioPIM has recently initiated with the online kickoff meeting. Please visit the project website for more details.

- HiPEAC 2021 Tutorial "Using gem5 and RISC-V simulation to enable the optimization of heterogeneous architectures" now available on Youtube!


Selected Talks, Lectures

- Invited panelist, "Hardware Acceleration of Bioinformatics Workloads", in BIO-Arch workshop within International
Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB), Istanbul, Turkiye, April, 2023.

- Invited talk, International Conference on Memristive Materials, Devices & Systems (MEMRISYS), Boston, MA, USA, November 2022

- Invited talk, Symposium Phase-Change Materials for Brain-like Computing and Memory Applications at the 2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit of the Materials Research Society (MRS), Boston, MA, USA, November 2022

- Invited talk, at European Phase-Change and Ovonic Symposium, Oxford, UK, September 2022

- Invited talk, at IEEE Swiss WiCAS/ED Symposium, Zurich, Switzerland, September 2022

- Invited tutorial, at EU H20202-MSCA-ITN project MANIC (Materials for Neuromorphic Circuits) meet-up, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 2022

- Invited talk, Forum "Next Generation Computing" at IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC), April 2022

- Invited lecture, APROPOS/DELTA Winter School 2022: "Approximate Computing and Machine Learning", February 2022

- Invited talk, at webinar series "Semiconductors for breakfast" by the DPG Association of Semiconductor Physics, March 2021

- Talk, Barcelona School of Informatics of Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, March 2021 (link to event here)

- Tutorial talk, High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation (HiPEAC), Budapest, Hungary, January 2021 (recording available here)

- Invited talk, Symposium "Advanced neuromorphic computing hardware: Towards efficient machine learning" at DPG Spring Meeting, Dresden, Germany, March 2020 (cancelled)

- Invited panelist, "Women in Tech 2020", Stockholm, Sweden, March 2020 (live-streamed video available here)

- Invited talk, "Women in Tech 2020", Stockholm, Sweden, March 2020 (live-streamed video available here)

- Invited talk, "Jubilee Seminar: Peak Human?" at Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden, December 2019 (live-streamed video available here)

- Invited talk, "Neuromorphic Computing day" at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, April 2019

- Invited talk, "Neuromorphic computing and hardware Gothenburg - Stockholm joint workshop", Stockholm, Sweden, December 2018

- Invited talk, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, May 2018


In the news

- Trouw (2023): Een computer die werkt als ons brein

- EE News Europe (2022): ARM, IBM team on low power analog AI chip

- EU H2020 SPEAR Podcast (2022): Women of WiPLASH

- EETimes (2022): In-Memory Computing, AI Draws Research Interest

- YouTube (2021): Panel on Human-like AI – Neurosymbolic AI & Neuromorphic computing research (-2:05:00)

- EPFL (2020): EPFL PhD thesis Distinction in Electrical Engineering 2020 laureates

- Nature - Behind the paper (2020): Accurate deep neural network inference using computational phase-change memory

- IBM blog (2020): Iso-accuracy deep learning inference with in-memory computing

- NyTeknik news article (2020): How IBM wants to make AI systems 1,000 times more efficient

- IBM blog (2020): International Women's day: Celebrating Science

- Sabanci University blog (2020): President Yusuf Leblebici graduates his 50th PhD student

- IEEE Solid-state Circuits Society announcement (2020): ISSCC Rising Stars 2020 Workshop

- IBM blog (2018): Novel synaptic architecture for brain inspired computing

- IBM blog (2018): Machine learning for analog accelerators

- IBM blog (2018): The future of AI needs better compute: hardware accelerators based on analog memory devices