Officials at the University of California, San Diego announced on Aug. 29 that Todd Hylton of Brain Corp. is joining the university’s Contextual Robotics Institute as executive director.

Hylton was previously executive vice president for strategy and research at Brain Corp., a local startup supported by Qualcomm Inc. Prior to that, he was a program manager at DARPA, the Pentagon’s research and development arm. One of his Defense Department projects was to build a chip based on the brain’s neural architecture.

In his new post, Hylton will serve as a professor of practice in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering.

Hylton received his doctorate in physics from Stanford University and has received 19 patents.