Professor Stephen Grossberg (BME, CAS) is the recipient of the Frank Rosenblatt Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was selected by a committee and is being recognized “for contributions to understanding brain cognition and behavior and their emulation by technology.”
Grossberg has been a professor of mathematics, psychology and biomedical engineering at BU since 1975, where he currently holds the position of Wang Professor of Cognitive and Neural Systems. Grossberg’s research has paved the way for the fields of computational neuroscience, connectionist cognitive science and neuromorphic technology. His work focuses on design principles and mechanisms that enable the behavior of individuals or machines, to adapt autonomously in real time to unexpected environmental challenges. He has published seventeen books or journal special issues and more than 500 research articles, and holds seven patents.
The annual award, established in 2004, is named in honor of Frank Rosenblatt, who is a pioneer in the field of neural networks and is given to an individual or group who make significant contributions to biologically and linguistically motivated computational paradigms and systems. Grossberg will accept the award at the 30th anniversary International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, the world’s largest conference on the topic, in Anchorage, Alaska in May 2017. The conference will also host his plenary lecture about new work aimed at helping to solve “the hard problem of consciousness,” or what happens in the brain when something is consciously seen, heard, felt or known.