Sustainable Machine Learning

Our mission

Our mission is to develop state-of-the-art machine learning models that can scale to real-world problems while being energy-efficient. These models will be based on core design principles of sparsity and asynchrony and take inspiration from biology/neuroscience.

Research projects
  • EVENTS (Energy-efficient distributed sensor-systems for machine vision: event-based distributed AI algorithms) started in October 2022 as part of the funding program "BMBF - OCTOPUS - Electronic systems for trustworthy and energy-efficient decentralised dataprocessing in edge-computing". The grant aims to develop efficient general-purpose AI algorithms that can be adapted for deployment on energy-efficient neuromorphic systems for computer vision. The project consortium led by TU Dresden will implement and test the algorithms developed at INI, RUB on innovative neuromorphic hardware in various pilot applications. For more information see: the EVENTS project website.
  • ESCADE (Energy-Efficient Large-Scale Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Data Centers) started in May 2023. The aim of the project is to develop state-of-the art large, distributed and energy-efficient machine learning models for complex applications such as natural language processing.
We are hiring!

We are looking for excellent and highly motivated PhD students to join the group.  If you are interested please hand in inqueries at:

Group Leader

Dr. David Kappel


  • CoBeL-RL: A neuroscience-oriented simulation framework for complex behavior and learning
    Diekmann, N., Vijayabaskaran, S., Zeng, X., Kappel, D., Menezes, M. C., & Cheng, S.
    Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 17

The Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) is a central research unit of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. We aim to understand the fundamental principles through which organisms generate behavior and cognition while linked to their environments through sensory systems and while acting in those environments through effector systems. Inspired by our insights into such natural cognitive systems, we seek new solutions to problems of information processing in artificial cognitive systems. We draw from a variety of disciplines that include experimental approaches from psychology and neurophysiology as well as theoretical approaches from physics, mathematics, electrical engineering and applied computer science, in particular machine learning, artificial intelligence, and computer vision.

Universitätsstr. 150, Building NB, Room 3/32
D-44801 Bochum, Germany

Tel: (+49) 234 32-28967
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