tinyML Trailblazers Series: tinyML Success Stories with Marian Verhelst

In addition to popular tinyML Talks (which are deeply technical in nature), we are excited to start new webcast series, tinyML Trailblazers, uncovering Success Stories in the tinyML World.

As tinyML continues its strong growth, there are more and more inspirational stories to be shared with the Community by its “movers & shakers”. These monthly LIVE and INTERACTIVE tinyML events will bring tinyML Masterminds, those who pioneer the field and make a significant impact, in an informal conversation/interview hosted by Dr. Chris Rowen, a renown Silicon Valley technologist and entrepreneur, and a tinyML innovator. They will share their stories of developing game changing tinyML technologies and innovations, applications, products and companies, as well as setting new research directions and revealing future vision.

Our next guest will be Marian Verhelst of Imec who is a tinyML board member, the ML topic chair of the ISSCC and DATE conferences and was the chair of the tinyML Summit 2021.


March 2, 2022



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tinyML Success Stories with Marian Verhelst

Marian VERHELST, Associate Professor

KU Leuven

Chris ROWEN, VP of AI Engineering


Marian VERHELST, Associate Professor

KU Leuven

Marian Verhelst is an associate professor at the MICAS laboratories (MICro-electronics And Sensors) of the Electrical Engineering Department of KU Leuven, Belgium. Her research focuses on embedded machine learning, hardware accelerators, self-adaptive circuits and systems, and low-power embedded sensing and processing.

She received a Ph.D. from KU Leuven in 2008, was a visiting scholar at the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) of UC Berkeley in 2005, and worked as a research scientist at Intel Labs, Hillsboro OR, from 2008 till 2011.

Marian is a member of the DATE conference executive committee and was a member of the ESSCIRC and ISSCC TPCs and of the ISSCC executive committee.

Marian is an SSCS Distinguished Lecturer, was a member of the Young Academy of Belgium an associate editor for TCAS-II and JSSC and a member of the STEM advisory committee to the Flemish Government. Marian currently holds a prestigious ERC Starting Grant from the European Union.

Chris ROWEN, VP of AI Engineering


Chris is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technologist, now VP of AI Engineering and Product for Webex Collaboration in Cisco. Most recently he was co-founder and CEO of BabbleLabs, a speech ML company, acquired by Cisco in 2020. Prior to Babblelabs, Chris served as CTO for Cadence’s IP Group, which he joined after Cadence’s acquisition of Tensilica, the company he founded in 1997 to develop extensible processors. He led Tensilica as CEO and later, CTO, to develop one of the most prolific embedded processor architectures, especially for compute-intensive embedded processing. Chris was a pioneer in developing RISC architecture and helped found MIPS Computer Systems in 1984. He has an MS and PhD in EE from Stanford and a BA in physics from Harvard. He was named an IEEE Fellow in 2015 for his work in development of microprocessor technology.

Schedule subject to change without notice.