John Henning

John Henning

Deep Learning Engineer

Lightelligence Inc.

About Me

John Henning is a Deep Learning Engineer at Lightelligence, Inc. in Boston, MA working on the next generation of AI accelerators.


  • Computer Vision
  • Deep Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence


  • BSc in Computer Science, 2018

    University of Florida

Recent Experience


Technical Lead & Deep Learning Research Engineer


Aug 2020 – Present Boston, MA
  • Technical lead for building out an experimentation platform for deep learning model benchmarking & analysis

    • Comparing results between NVIDIA GPUs and Lightelligence Optical Processing Units (OPUs)

    • Variety of other tools for interdisciplinary teams

  • Contributed to development of initial OPU SDK, particularly in API design and refactoring

  • Conducted feasibility studies of different model architectures for deployment onto OPUs


Staff Computer Vision and Deep Learning Research Engineer

IBM Research

May 2019 – Jul 2020 Cambridge, MA

Recent Posts

Backpropagating Through My Career (Part 1)

In August of 2018, I started my role as a Research Software Engineer at IBM Research in Cambridge, MA. Going into the job, I didn’t have any idea that I would be where I am today.

Recent Publications

(2020). Relationship Matters: Relation Guided Knowledge Transfer for Incremental Learning of Object Detectors. Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops.


(2018). Object-Centric Spatio-Temporal Activity Detection and Recognition. TRECVID.





A Machine Learning and Data-Driven Systems Framework and Toolkit