Work Groups

Neuromorphic Cognitive Robots

In this group, we will put together neuromorphic hardware (ROLLS, DYNAPxxx, DAVIS, and Loihi), robots (miniature vehicles Pushbots and Omnibot and a stereo pan-tilt unit), and neuronal architectures to work on a number of high-level "cognitive" problems: neuromorphic SLAM, sequence learning, learning sensorimotor mappings, active stereo vision, and long term ...

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Sea Eagle - Localization of floating object at sea

Safe navigation of vessels has become a major challenge. Large commercial vessels can afford sophisticated and expensive devices able to alert for the proximity of floating objects. Small craft must relay on human vision. Although most commercial cameras cannot compete with the human eye, an optical device could still provide ...

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CortexControl crash course - an easier way to use Dynapse

In this workgroup we will present CortexControl, a software that offers a python console and a GUI to use the Dynapse.
We will show how to:
* Connect to a Dynap-SE
* Tune biases
* Use RPyC
* Receive events
* Set up a network like a reservoir
* Use the Poisson spike gen
* Stimulate a ...

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Neuromorphic tactile/vibration processing

In this workgroup, we would like to explore/apply time-based computation for/to tactile processing.
We intend to develop a prototype of event-based vibration measurements units and use it to transform any surface into a tactile surface.

Sound propagation, and more specifically time-of-arrival difference of a pulse will allow us ...

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Hands-on tutorial: how to design and execute plasticity experiments on the BrainScaleS-2 system

With an examplary reinforcement learning task at hand, you will
- understand the analog, accelerated BrainScaleS-2 architecture,
- learn how to set up experiments on the prototype systems,
- and write code for the embedded plasticity processing unit.

During the course of this tutorial you will work on a system provided by us ...

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Using EMG and image sensors for sensory fusion

As the traditional single sensor information acquisition system is becoming more and more difficult to meet the complex practical applications, the fusion application of multisensory have been made a great deal of research. In this workgroup, we propose to fuse EMG and DAVIS signals to classify the human upper limb ...

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Transfer Deep RNN on Neuromorphic Hardware

It is a truth universally acknowledged (well, at least by another workgroup), that the neuromorphic community is in need of efficient algorithms for spatiotemporal processing, which can guide the behaviour of autonomous robots in complex environments, AND spiking recurrent neural networks (sRNN) are suitable candidates for such efficient processing, however ...

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Context-dependent integration of information in rate-based recurrent neural network

The goal of this workgroup is to study rate-based recurrent neural network models of context-dependent integration of sensory evidence. Such models successfully describe some aspects of cortical computation (Mante et al., 2013). How context-dependent input selection and integration work can be understood from the linear system behaviour around fixed points ...

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Learning intrinsic neural adaptation to enhance sRNN computational power

The neuromorphic community is in need of efficient algorithms for spatiotemporal processing, which can guide the behavior of autonomous robots in complex environments. Spiking recurrent neural networks (sRNN) are suitable candidates for such efficient processing, however, it remains a challenge to stabilize their dynamics. Recent theoretical work suggests that having ...

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Discussion Groups

Neuromorphic Computing Technology: Reflections and Roadmaping

In the Coordination and Support Action project NEUROTECH ( we aim to support and develop the neuromorphic-computing-technology community in Europe. As part of this support and development, first, we would like to help the community to create an “image”, determining what NCT is, what research fields it embraces ...

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Frameworks for computing with time in spiking neural networks

Spikes are events with an associated time. This time can be used as a variable to encode an process information, and many neuroscientific studies have found such temporal codes in living organisms (barn owl, sand scorpion...) . However, this type of computation has not yet transitioned to artificial systems, with only ...

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Unsupervised learning in neuromorphic computing: self-organizing maps vs. spiking neural networks

During the last years, Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) have reached the highest performances in image classification. Nevertheless, such a success is mostly based on supervised and off-line learning: they require thus huge labeled datasets for learning, and once it is done, they cannot adapt to any change in the data ...

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Reduced-precision computation, Stochastic Rounding and the overlap with Neuromorphic hardware and coding schemes

There is increasing interest in saving on energy usage and memory bandwidth/footprint in more conventional machine learning implementations by reducing the size and complexity of the arithmetic types used, with a number of successful implementations. We aim to discuss how far this can go in terms of the precision ...

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Noise, variability and memory formation in spiking neural networks

In order to understand the mechanism driving spiking neural networks (SNNs) to recognize signals on time series; we evolve very small spiking neural networks for recognizing signals in a particular order in presence of noise on membrane potential and variation on silent interval between signals. For recognition of 3 signals ...

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Recreational Groups


The Capo Caccia rock does not only offer a beautiful sight, but also an amazing spot to do rope climbing.
So please bring your gear (shoes, harness, rope & other material), so we can enjoy some hours climbing right next to the ocean. More details will follow :)

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“What a great day for football, all we need is some green grass and a ball.” - Bill Shankly.

I guess we can replace the green grass by some white sand and enjoy some football games at the beach! So bring your football shoes and skills, I’ll bring the ball ...

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Yoga, Acroyoga, slackline & Meditation


Before or after intensive neuromorph sessions, let's try to find some balance (both internal and external).
Yoga in front of the sea, slackline in the pinewood next to the hotel, acroyoga on the beach.

Schedule to be announced !

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