Omnitek to sponsor AI Research at the University of Oxford
BASINGSTOKE, UK, October 2nd, 2018 – Omnitek today announced it is starting a DPhil (PhD) research sponsorship to study novel techniques for implementing deep learning acceleration on FPGAs.
While in the short term the GPU has provided a convenient platform for early machine learning applications, multiple alternative compute engine architectures are now being developed specifically for deep learning. The rapid pace of development in neural network topologies and optimisation techniques for deep learning will quickly make even these technologies obsolete soon. Omnitek has recognised that in order to maintain its leadership position in machine learning with its FPGA-based Deep-Learning Processing Unit (DPU) it must invest in academic research at the highest level.
The Omnitek Oxford University Research Scholarship has been established to fund DPhil students to research novel compute architectures and algorithmic optimisations for machine learning. This work will be performed in collaboration with Omnitek’s own industry-based research to help shape the future of AI compute engines and the algorithms that run on them. Resulting improvements to the Omnitek DPU can be made available rapidly to Omnitek’s customers due to the hardware reprogrammability of the FPGA platform.
The student, Marcelo Nascimento, has a 1st Class degree from Oxford University and will join the Active Vision Laboratory under the supervision of Professor Victor Prisacariu, Associate Professor, Oxford University. Professor Prisacariu commented “We are delighted to work with an industry leader in this field and very excited by the fact that Omnitek will be able rapidly to deliver the benefits of our research to its commercial customers through the reprogrammable FPGA platform.”
Roger Fawcett, CEO at Omnitek, commented “Oxford University with the Active Vision Laboratory was a natural choice for us since they are leading establishments in AI and we have employed many top graduates and postgraduates from Oxford University at Omnitek.”
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Omnitek is a world leader in the design of intelligent video and vision systems based on programmable FPGAs and SoCs. Through the supply of expert design services with highly optimised FPGA intellectual property cores covering high-performance video / vision and AI / machine learning, Omnitek can provide cost-optimised solutions to a broad range of markets. To complement this business Omnitek also designs and manufactures a comprehensive suite of video test & measurement equipment.
About the University of Oxford and the Active Vision Laboratory
One of the most prestigious universities in the world, Oxford University is a truly international university, bringing together the best and brightest minds from around the world. Ranked number one in the world in the 2016 Times Higher Education World Rankings, Oxford University is at the forefront of the full range of academic disciplines. As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford has long traditions of scholarship, but is also forward-looking, creative and cutting-edge. Oxford is one of Europe’s most entrepreneurial universities: it ranks first in the UK for university spin-outs, with more than 130 companies created to date.
The Active Vision Laboratory, part of the Engineering Science Department at Oxford University, seeks to advance knowledge in computational vision, particularly in the area of 3D scene reconstruction from conventional and depth imagery. Applications include location and mapping, wearable and assistive computing, semantic vision, augmented reality, human motion analysis, and navigation.