Robert Hecht-Nielsen is an adjunct professor at the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he teaches courses on neurocomputing and electrical and computer engineering . He acquired his PhD in Mathematics from Arizona State University in 1974. He is an authority on neural networks, and has also attempted to develop a theory of cognition that treats the cerebral cortex and thalamus as a collective information processing unit.
Hecht-Nielsen is also a member of the UCSD Institute for Neural Computation, a founder of the UCSD graduate program in Computational Neurobiology, an affiliate of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has received the IEEE Neural Networks Pioneer Award and the ECE Graduate Teaching Award.
In 1986, Hecht-Nielsen co-founded HNC Software which is a neural networking startup based in San Diego. HNC Software is based upon the work Hecht-Nielsen had done, and the breakthroughs he achieved with predictive algorithms.
Robert Hecht-Nielsen was born in July 1947, and passed away in May, 2019.