The Thalchemy Team

Atif Hashmi, Ph.D. has focused his research on computational hardware/software models inspired by the mammalian brain. He has a multidisciplinary background in computer architecture, computer science, neurobiology, and computational neuroscience. Prior to co-founding Thalchemy, Dr. Hashmi worked at the Deparment of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he worked abreast with neuroscientists to develop computational models inspired by the mammalian brain. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin with a research focus of studying the mammalian brain from an engineer's perspective. Before pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Hashmi was at Intel Corporation, where he worked on developing and evaluating architecture of Intel's next generation graphics processor. In 2012, he was nominated as the valedictorian for the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp and was also the Entrepreneurial Lead for the NSF Innovation Corps team that evaluated the commercial potential for the technology being commercialized by Thalchemy. 


Professor Mikko Lipasti co-founded Thalchemy in 2012 with two of his former graduate students, Dr. Atif Hashmi and Dr. Andrew Nere.  Prof. Lipasti has bootstrapped a substantial and very successful research program at the University of Wisconsin, hiring and successfully managing 28 graduate student employees. His primary research interests include high-performance, low-power, and reliable microprocessors; networks-on-chip for many-core microprocessors; and fundamentally new, biologically-inspired models of computation. He is a noted consultant with industry leaders on microprocessor architectures, is a member of the International Symposium on Computer Architecture (ISCA) Hall of Fame and the International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO) Hall of Fame, has published more that 100 papers in journals and refereed conference proceedings, and is an inventor on 6 issued US patents.

Andrew Nere, Ph.D. is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  During his graduate career, Andrew's research focused on neuromorphic systems, neural networks, and brain-inspired application accelerators. Together with Prof. Lipasti and Dr. Hashmi, Andrew co-founded Thalchemy Corporation to bring brain-inspired computing to consumer electronics with the goal of improving device capability, simplifying the programming model for application development, and enhancing user experience.  

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