Jeff Hawkins is best known as co-founder of two companies, Palm and Handspring, and as the architect of many computing products such as the PalmPilot and Treo smartphone. Throughout his life Jeff has also had a deep interest in neuroscience and theories of the neocortex. His interest in the brain led him to create the non-profit Redwood Neuroscience Institute (RNI), a scientific institute focused on understanding how the human neocortex processes information. While at RNI, Hawkins developed a theory of neocortex which appeared in his 2002 book, On Intelligence. With the team of Dileep George and Donna Dubinsky, Hawkins founded Numenta in 2005 to develop a technology platform derived from his theory. It is his hope that Numenta will play a catalytic role in creating an industry based on this theory and technology.
In addition to his work at Numenta, Jeff continues designing products at Palm Inc. Jeff is a member of the scientific board of directors at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2003.
Jeff Hawkins earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1979.
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