AI Startup Raises US $40 Million and Life Fellows Receive Turing Award

IEEE members made headlines this month

26 April 2018

IEEE Fellow Pieter Abbeel is set to speak on 11 May during TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics. The event, at the University of California, Berkeley, is focused on artificial intelligence and robotics technology and the startup ecosystem.

Abbeel is an electrical engineering professor and director of the university’s Robot Learning Lab. He helped found Embodied Intelligence, an AI startup that applies deep imitation and deep reinforcement learning to train robots.

He is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.


Student Member Tymothy Anderson received the Society of American Military Engineers Award for the Southwest region of the United States. The award is given annually to outstanding engineering students in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who are in their junior or senior year at a university.

Anderson is a senior in the electrical engineering and robotics track at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His postgraduation plans include joining the Air Force and attending flight training.


Mythic, an AI startup led by SoftBank Ventures, announced it raised US $40 million in funding, according to Built in Austin. IEEE Member David Fick is cofounder and CTO of the company, which started at the University of Michigan’s Integrated Circuits Lab.

Other investors include AME Cloud Ventures, Lockheed Martin, and German electrical engineer Andy Bechtolsheim. The startup builds silicon chips that can turn fitness bands, hearing aids, cars, and other smart devices into personal assistants.

Fick is a member of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society, the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, and IEEE Women in Engineering.


Life Fellows John Hennessy and David Patterson received the Association for Computing Machinery Turing Award. They created a systematic and quantitative approach to designing faster, low-power, and RISC (reduced-instruction-set computer) microprocessors.

Hennessy recently was named executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Patterson is a professor emeritus of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.

The prize includes a $1 million stipend from Google. Hennessy and Patterson, both IEEE Computer Society members, are scheduled to receive the award at a banquet in San Francisco on 23 June.


Purdue University’s College of Engineering plans to name its Women in Engineering program after Life Fellow Leah Jamieson, former IEEE president. The program was the first in the nation dedicated to women in the field.

Jamieson told Inside Indiana Business that the opportunity to have a lasting impact on engineering women at Purdue touches her heart. The university held a celebration last month to honor her accomplishments.

She is a member of the IEEE Education and Signal Processing societies, the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, and IEEE Women in Engineering.

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