ALOHA, European project on artificial intelligence now underway
At the end of January 2018, Cagliari hosted the launch of the operational phase of ALOHA – software framework for runtime-Adaptive and secure deep Learning On Heterogeneous Architectures – the project aimed at designing smart electronic devices that can mimic the brain biological functions, by learning and reacting accordingly.
Funded by the European Union with 6 million euro, 500,000 euro of which allocated to the activities assigned to the University of Cagliari under Horizon 2020, ALOHA involves large companies such as STMicroelectronics, IBM and CA Technologies, with the aim of applying artificial intelligence to electronic devices that we use in our daily life, at home, in the city and in working places.
The study subject of the researchers involved is “Deep Learning”, a class of artificial intelligence algorithms that mimic the mechanisms of biological neural networks, using them in the hardware and software of modern computers, so that they can learn in a way similar to that used by human beings, recognizing and classifying with precision and rapidity images, videos, sounds and sequences.
The project results will be tested in several contexts, testing smart security systems based on video and image recognition, and studying special assembly lines that can react rapidly and efficiently to operators’ voice commands. Moreover, portable medical devices will be developed aimed at analyzing medical images in critical conditions.
Project scientific coordinator is Paolo Meloni, researcher at EOLAB – the Microelectronics and Bioengineering Lab of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari.