The Prize and Awardees

The Misha Mahowald Prize recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of neuromorphic engineering. Neuromorphic engineering is defined as the construction of artificial computing systems which implement key computational principles found in natural nervous systems. Understanding how to build such systems may enable a new generation of intelligent devices, able to interact in real-time in uncertain real-world conditions under severe power constraints, as biological brains do.

The winner of the 2020 Prize will receive a certificate and USD $10,000.

The Prize was established in 2016 by iniLabs, an organization based in Switzerland dedicated to the promotion of research and applications of brain-like computation. From 2019 onwards the Prize is being managed by iniForum.

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Prize 2020

The Prize Jury have unanimously awarded the 2020 Misha Mahowald Prize to the team led by Prof. Shih-Chii Liu for their pioneering “Dynamic Audio Sensor, DAS” that emulates processing principles found in the biological hearing sensors.

Special Prize 2020

The Jury have also conferred a Special Posthumous Award on the late Prof. Karlheinz Meier, in recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field of Neuromorphic Engineering.

Prize 2019

The independent jury awarded the 2019 prize to the group of Prof. Greg Cohen at Western Sydney University and presented it in an online ceremony during the 2020 Telluride Neuromorphic workshop (due to Covid-19 travel restrictions).

No Award could be made for 2018.

Prize 2017

The independent jury awarded the 2017 Prize to the group of Prof. Davide Scaramuzza at the University of Zurich, and presented in a ceremony at the Institute of Neuroinformatics in Zurich on 19 June 2017.

Prize 2016

The inaugural 2016 prize was won by the IBM TrueNorth Project, led by Dharmendra S. Modha. The prize was presented in a ceremony at IBM Research – Almaden on 11 August 2016.