The team 

Claude Berrou

Claude Berrou was born in Penmarc'h, France, in 1951. In 1978, he joined Telecom Bretagne, where he is currently a Professor in the Electronics Department. In the early 80's, he started up the training and research activities in VLSI technology and design, to meet the growing demand from industry for microelectronics engineers. Some years later, Prof. Berrou took an active interest in the field of algorithm/silicon interaction for digital communications. In collaboration with Prof. Alain Glavieux, he introduced the concept of probabilistic feedback into error correcting decoders and developed a new family of quasi-optimal error correction codes, that he nicknamed turbo codes. He also pioneered the extension of the turbo principle to joint detection and decoding processing. His current research topics, besides algorithm/silicon interaction, are electronics and digital communications at large, error correction codes, turbo codes and iterative processing, soft-in/soft-out (probabilistic) decoders and computational neurosciences. He is the author and/or co-author of 10 registered patents and about 120 publications in the field of digital communications, electronics and computational neurosciences. Prof. Berrou has received several distinctions, amongst which the 1997 SEE Médaille Ampère, the 1998 IEEE (Information TheoryGolden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation, the 2003 IEEE Richard W. Hamming medal, the 2003 Grand Prix France Télécom de l'Académie des sciences and the 2005 Marconi Prize. Prof. Berrou has been elected a member of the French Academy of sciences in 2007, is an IEEE Fellow (2009) and a SEE Fellow (2011). In 2011, he was granted an “ERC advanced grant” on the topic of mental information theory.

Deok-Hee Kim-Dufor

Deok-Hee Kim-Dufor is a postdoctoral fellow in Claude Berrou’s NEUCOD project team at the Mines-Telecom Institute. Her research focuses on psycholinguistics, namely language perception, or the study of how people get to understand what is written or said, and the minimal quantity of information needed for word recognition. She is currently also interested in negative sentence processing, or the study of how people interpret different types of negative sentences and deal with double or multiple negation.
Her work in Claude Berrou’s NEUCOD project team, funded by the European Research Council, consists in specifying cognitive aspects, namely natural language processing. This would help the other team members create a biologically and behaviorally plausible machine that performs like a human brain.

Olivier Dufor

Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Mines-Telecom Institute (Technopôle de Brest-Iroise, Brittany), Olivier Dufor's research interests focus on several areas of cognition and are closely related to each other.
Among the multiple fields in neuropsychology, He is interested in language across multiple aspects from perception to production: reading, writing, memory etc.
Currently, he is totally implicated in the NEUCOD project promoted by the European Research Council within the research team founded by C. Berrou.
His work is to help specifying the cognitive properties of a machine that would mimic the human brain. In other words, to discover behavioral parameters that can help designing a machine with artificial intelligence. Our approach is ambitious but innovative as our only constraint is to create something with a biological/behavioral plausibility.
Also tightly connected with the NEUCOD project objectives, he works with the SESAME team of the LTSI laboratory (Laboratoire Traitement du Signal et de l’Image; Rennes) with imaging techniques to reveal connectivity within the brain (high resolution electroencephalography).
Finally, he also shows a special interest in good research practices and ethical framework for research in the field of SHS (Humanities and Social Sciences). 

Vincent Gripon

Vincent Gripon obtained a PhD in computer science at Télécom Bretagne in 2011. He is mainly interested in bio-inspired algorithms, datastructures, and iterative algorithms. He is also the co-creator and co-organizer of an online programming contest named TaupIC.

Philippe Tigreat

Philippe Tigreat obtained his engineer degree from Télécom Bretagne where he studied telecommunications, signal processing and biomedical information technologies. His work focuses on bio-inspired algorithms, including deep learning pattern recognition algorithms, and their parallel implementation on GPU.

Bartosz Boguslawski

Bartosz Boguslawski was born in Czestochowa, Poland, in 1988. He obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications from AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow, Poland, in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He was an exchange student at Ghent University, Belgium where he prepared his Master thesis in the field of inverse problems for heat transfer in microelectronics. He is currently a PhD candidate at CEA Grenoble and Télécom Bretagne, Brest, France, directed by Prof. Claude Berrou. His current research concerns power management, multiprocessor system-on-chip, and neural networks.

Xiaoran Jiang

Xiaoran Jiang was born in Hangzhou, China, in 1987. He obtained his engineer degree (Master equivalent) in Telecommunication from Télécom Bretagne (Institut Mines-Télécom), Brest, France, in 2010. He is currently PhD candidate in neural networks and information theory with the Electronics department of Télécom Bretagne, supervised by Prof. Claude Berrou. His current research interests include information theory, sparse coding, cognitive science, and especially the sequence learning in neural networks.

Benoît Larras

Benoit Larras is 24 years old, he is French and comes from Dijon. After 3 years studying information technologies at Télécom Bretagne, he obtained his Master's degree. He is now a PhD student at Télécom Bretagne, in the Electronics Department.
His work in the NEUCOD project will be to implement the neural network on chip. Thus, he designs analog circuits to compute the elementary functions in the network.
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