Theodore Willke

Director, Brain-Inspired Computing Lab

Dr. Ted Willke is currently a Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Labs and directs the Brain-Inspired Computing Lab. His research interests include faster, more scalable computing systems, machine learning, artificial intelligence, image processing, and graph analytics. He applies his work to challenges in cognitive neuroscience, medical imaging analysis, oceanography, and marine biology. Ted is also co-principal investigator of a multi-year grand challenge program on real-time brain decoding with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Previously, he founded an Intel venture focused on graph analytics for data science. In 2014, he won Intel’s highest award for this effort. In 2015, he was appointed to the Science & Technology Advisory Committee of the US Department of Homeland Security. Ted holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Columbia University, a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor’s from the University of Illinois. 


  • ML Algo and Theory
  • Neuroscience
  • Reinforcement Learning (RL)