Pakistani researcher achieves milestone in artificial vision

 Pakistani researcher achieves milestone in artificial vision

Dr. Ali Imran and Prof. Xu Mingsheng, alongside a team of international scientists from esteemed institutions such as the State University of New York (USA), National Institute for Materials Science (Japan), and Sejong University (South Korea), have achieved a groundbreaking milestone at Zhejiang University, China. Together, they have developed a Neuromorphic Vision sensor capable of revolutionizing sensory technology.

This innovative device has the capacity to drive vision sensors, enabling them to perform neuromorphic functions including sensing, learning, memorizing, and decision-making at the single-sensor level. Unlike traditional setups that require separate sensors, computers, and hard disks for sensing, processing, and data storage, this sensor integrates all these functionalities within a single device.

The sensor is characterized by its simplicity, intelligence, high performance, energy efficiency, and ease of fabrication at an industrial scale. The research team has pioneered a straightforward method for fabricating the HfAlO interfacial layer, possessing ferroelectric properties. Employing atomic layer deposition, they integrated this interfacial layer with monolayer Graphene to form a ferroelectric field effect transistor.

Operationally, the device begins with light absorption in Silicon, converting optical energy into photovoltage that polarizes the ferroelectric HfAlO layer. The smart Graphene channel detects these changes and transfers the signal to the output. Over time, continuous weak light signals accumulate to form image patterns capable of identifying objects, digits, images, or human faces.

Remarkably, the device structure demonstrates reliability during prolonged operation, with no significant performance degradation. Projections suggest a promising market outlook for Global Neuromorphic Computing, expected to reach USD 8,275.9 million by 2030, exhibiting a remarkable Compound Annual Growth Rate of 85.73% from 2021 to 2030.

This anticipated growth is attributed to the escalating demand for artificial intelligence technologies such as chatterbots, computer vision, image processing, and language processing. Furthermore, the utilization of neuromorphic computing for security purposes, coupled with ongoing research and development efforts for brain-inspired robotics and intelligent systems, promises significant opportunities for market participants in the coming years.

Dr. Ali, a senior researcher in optoelectronics, expressed his commitment to fostering China-Pakistan friendship through technological advancement. He emphasized the potential for collaboration between Chinese and Pakistani universities, advocating for a paradigm shift in Pakistani research towards addressing industry challenges to alleviate economic burdens. Additionally, he extended a warm invitation to young Pakistani researchers to pursue advanced research opportunities in China.

The collaborative efforts of Dr. Ali Imran, Prof. Xu Mingsheng, and their international counterparts exemplify the power of global cooperation in advancing scientific innovation and addressing complex challenges facing humanity.

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