2010/Workgroups

Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Workshop 2010 Topic Areas and other work groups

Workshop results: Enter the results of your topic areas here

Click on each topic title to see more details of the proposed work for the topic.

Attention and Selection

Members: Adam ODonovan, Jorg Conradt, Hynek Hermansky, Jonathan Tapson, Malcolm Slaney, Mounya Elhilali, Michele Rucci, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Song Hui Chon, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Timmer Horiuchi

- Organized by Ernst Niebur & Malcolm Slaney

This group will study and implement mechanisms of attention, the selection of relevant sensory information, without which cognition is impossible in complex environments.

Spike-based Robotic Systems

Members: Jorg Conradt, David Mascarenas, Daniel Lofaro, Garrick Orchard, John Harris, Mounya Elhilali, Michele Rucci, Jennifer Hasler, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Sergio Davies, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Tara Julia Hamilton, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck

- Organized by Jorg Conradt & 'Matt Cook'

This area involves projects where spike-based sensory signals (e.g., from silicon retinas or cochleas) are categorized into higher level interpretations (which may be learned/abstracted from prior experiences), enabling mobile robots to understand and reason about their perceptions and purposefully act in their environment.

Multimodal Sensory Fusion and Self Organization

Members: Jorg Conradt, Garrick Orchard, Malcolm Slaney, Mounya Elhilali, Michele Rucci, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Song Hui Chon, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck, Andre van Schaik

- Organized by Bert Shi & Patrick Sheridan

"Can we we make a BabyBot, i.e. a robot that develops like a baby?"

This topic area will look at how neural systems and smart robots can learn to work in and interact with an unpredictable environment; in particular, we will look at mechanisms and circuitry that combine information from multiple modalities to form a coherent percept of the world. We will look at self organizing mechanisms for development of neural systems and study how animals/robots can learn a spatial representation of their world from a combination of visual/auditory, and motor representations.

Spike-based Computation

Members: Jorg Conradt, David Mascarenas, John Harris, Hynek Hermansky, Jonathan Tapson, Malcolm Slaney, Mounya Elhilali, Michele Rucci, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Song Hui Chon, Sergio Davies, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Tara Julia Hamilton, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck, Andre van Schaik

- Organized by John Harris & Shih-Chii Liu

This group will discuss and implement spike-based computation. In particular, we will investigate spike-based primitives and representations, algorithms for real-time sensory processing that can be embedded into spike-based networks, and spike-based computational models that support cognitive tasks.

Brain-Machine Interfacing

Members: Jorg Conradt, Daniel Lofaro, Michele Rucci, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Steve Kalik, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck

- Organized by 'Chuck Higgins' & 'Justin Sanchez'

The BMI topic area will study and test the cognitive and computational principles of intelligent motor control and more importantly the learning of goal-directed behavior through a hybrid sensorimotor neural interface.

Computational Neuroscience (invited mini-workshop)

Members: Jorg Conradt, Daniel Lofaro, Hynek Hermansky, Jonathan Tapson, Mounya Elhilali, Michele Rucci, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck, Andre van Schaik

- Organized by Terrence Sejnowski

The computational neuroscience group is interested in all aspects of experimental neuroscience and how they relate to understanding architecture and functionality. This group focuses on seminars presented by leading neuroscientists.


Education

Education/Tutorials/Methods

- Organized by Ralph Etienne-Cummings and Tobi Delbruck

This (umbrella) topic area will coordinate all other teaching that serve as general overviews of the main Topic Areas and hands-on methods tutorials. The goal is to expose all workshop participants to topic areas that may be out of their direct interest. Hence, we expect the educational talks to be tutorial in nature, to provide an overview of the field, to identify major problems and/or methods in the field, and to conclude with some recent results and developments.

The following groups (which are part of the Education umbrella) are primarily for learning methods, technology, or tools used during or after the workshop.

Using SubVersion for projects tutorial

Members: Adam ODonovan, David Mascarenas, Daniel Lofaro, Sergio Davies, Steve Kalik, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck

Leaders: Tobi Delbruck, Daniel B. Fasnacht

Subscribe to this group if you will working on any projects and have not used subversion. This is a mandatory tutorial for everyone doing any project who is not a Pro in SVN! This one-session tutorial will show you how to use the incredibly useful  SubVersion for version control, which means sharing code, data, etc in a managed way. What is subversion? Find out here. (We'll be using it in Telluride extensively). Take a look at the work group to pre-install the necessary tools.

Producing compelling behaviors in toys

Members: Adam ODonovan, Jorg Conradt, David Mascarenas, Daniel Lofaro, Malcolm Slaney, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck

Take advantage of this rare and valuable opportunity to learn from  Mark Tilden who joins us from Hong Kong, the creator of WowWee Toys RoboSapiens, BioBug, FemiSapiens, and a lifetime of other amazing devices. Learn the art of making the most of physical embodiment and economical use of simple sensors to produce lifelike interactive behaviors. Mark will also give a town lecture during the workshop either called "22 million Droids and Counting" or "Robot World Domination started in Telluride".

Neuromorphic circuit tutorial

Members: David Mascarenas, Daniel Lofaro, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Shih-Chii Liu, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck

Leaders: 'Paul Hasler', Shih-Chii Liu, Tara Julia Hamilton

Learn about basic neuromorphic silicon circuits by blackboard discussions, circuit simulations and layout with  Tanner Tools, and implementing them in field programmable analog arrays (FPAAs).

jAER: event-based sensory-motor processing

Members: Jorg Conradt, Daniel B. Fasnacht, Daniel Lofaro, John Harris, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Sergio Davies, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Tara Julia Hamilton, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck

Leaders: Tobi Delbruck

Learn about the exciting area of real time digital signal processing of address-event representation sensor output using [ jAER open source software] and hardware for AER, including using a [ silicon retina] and a  silicon cochlea to build a fast visual or auditory robot. These sensors will be used with jAER for several topic areas at the workshop.

ABCs of on-chip bias generators

Members: Garrick Orchard, Tobi Delbruck

Leader: Tobi Delbruck

Provide your chip with a diffuse neural parameter control. Join this 3 or 4 session mostly blackboard and interactive hardware demo tutorial to learn how to build neuromorphic chips that don't require any pots or off-chip analog components and that are temperature voltage and process insensitive with digital control of parameters.

SMD Soldering Tutorial

Members: Adam ODonovan, Daniel B. Fasnacht, David Mascarenas, Daniel Lofaro, Sergio Davies, Steve Kalik, Tobi Delbruck

Leader: Daniel B. Fasnacht

If you are involved with building printed circuit boards, you may not know how deal with surface mount components. Because of their superiority in automated assembly, impedance characteristics and actual size, surface mounted components are nowadays often the only available package variant. It takes the correct equipment and some practice to hand solder them and to use them in designs. In this tutorial, we will show you how to solder SMD components and what equipment you will need to use these back at home.

USB Bootcamp

Members: Adam ODonovan, Daniel B. Fasnacht, Daniel Lofaro, Sergio Davies, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Tara Julia Hamilton, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck

Leaders: Daniel B. Fasnacht & Tobi Delbruck

Learn how to use USB (Universal Serial Bus - the thing you have on every PC) to interface to neuromorphic chips and actuators. Write your own USB driver, make a robot that uses a silicon retina, write microcontroller firmware for the first time. Unlock the power of combining ubiquitous PC digital computation with your own hardware.

Cellular Processor Arrays

Members: Jorg Conradt, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Steve Kalik, Tobi Delbruck

Leaders: 'pdudek' & 'dbarr'

Learn about using fine-grain massively parallel cellular processor arrays - devices integrating thousands of simple processors on a single chip - for neural computation and vision applications. Experiment with a 16k processor chip. Learn how to use the SCAMP-3 vision sensor and the APRON array processing software in your projects.


Discussion and Other Sci / Tech related Groups

These groups are mainly discussion groups (rather than project-based) and cover methods, technology and tools used for the topic area projects or after the workshop.

Computational Models of Cognition and Challenge Problems Discussion Group

Members: Hynek Hermansky, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Timmer Horiuchi

Leader: Andreas Andreou, Timmer Horiuchi

In this group we will discuss computational models of cognition that are attractive for engineering neuromorphic cognition systems. We also seek to pose challenge problems and collect data sets to encourage our community to work on concrete problems that will help advance the state of the art.

As a start this year we will discuss the probabilistic framework of Chater, Tenenbaum and Yuille as well as work in the Tenenbaum lab. Visit the sub-page for background reading material.

Neuron and Synapse Discussion Group

Members: Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Tara Julia Hamilton, Tobi Delbruck, Andre van Schaik

Leader: Tara Julia Hamilton

Sign up to this group if you want to be included in discussions about different neuron and synapse models. In previous years we have debated the best models, discussed the necessary attributes of artifical neurons and argued over whether or not we're all wasting our time! It would be good if we could have as much lively discussion this year! There's also a challenge that will be posed to all members in our first meeting.

aVLSI book

Members: Tobi Delbruck

Sign-up if you will buy the book  Analog VLSI - Circuits and Principles by Shih-Chii, Giacomo, Tobi, et al. This is a marker group to count the number of discounted copies to order. Books will cost 44 USD each. Please bring cash to Shih-Chii if you want to buy one.

Frontiers paper on neural circuits

Members: Jennifer Hasler, Shih-Chii Liu, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck, Andre van Schaik

Sign-up if to work on the collective review paper on neural circuit implementations.

Neuromorphic VLSI Systems book

Members: Jennifer Hasler, Tara Julia Hamilton, Tobi Delbruck

Sign-up if you are an author on the upcoming Neuromorphic VLSI Systems book - Paul, Shih-Chii, Tobi, Ralph, Andre, Tara, Giacomo. We will use this group to coordinate discussions on this work.

Python for computational neuroscience, dynamical systems, neuromorphic interfaces, and visualization

Members: Daniel Lofaro, Jonathan Tapson, Jennifer Hasler, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Sergio Davies, Shih-Chii Liu, Steve Kalik, Timmer Horiuchi

CHECK: Please update and confirm this group!

Leaders:: Anyone who wishes to share their experience/expertise with Python

This discussion group will include a short tutorial-type introduction to Python for the uninitiated, with discussions on the various applications of Python as a common platform for developing computational neuroscience simulations (PyNN), dynamical systems, neuromorphic interfaces (pyNCS, NeuroPyL), and visualization (MayaVi?, pyglet). No knowledge of python necessary (active interest, or even curiosity suffice).


Non-Technical Activities

Any other social activities are listed here.

Kids in Telluride

Members: John Harris, Malcolm Slaney, Jennifer Hasler, Tobi Delbruck

Bringing you kids? Subscribe here!

This is for attendees bringing kids to Telluride. Organize group activities. Play and educational opportunities. Anything useful for parents.

July 4th Parade

Members: Tobi Delbruck

The great american holiday - US independence day - is upon us the second Sunday of the workshop. All of us neuromorphs will be marching in the town parade. Sign up here if you have any ideas about what we should do/dress as.

T-Shirt Contest

Members: Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck

Upload your ideas for a T-shirt to this web page. The winner of this contest will get a free T-shirt of their creation.

Skits

Members: Tobi Delbruck

A skit (or theatrical sketch) is a short comedic play. In the past, participants have used these at the final dinner to poke fun at or highlight various quirks of neuromorphic engineering/engineers, the workshop organizers, or the workshop itself. The organizers are always well prepared for this.

Poker

Members: Adam ODonovan, Daniel B. Fasnacht, Daniel Lofaro, Jonathan Tapson, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Shih-Chii Liu, Tobi Delbruck

This active group will self-organize on momentary notice to play holdem, 7-27, omaha-8s and so forth.

Volleyball

Members: Jorg Conradt, David Mascarenas, Daniel Lofaro, Garrick Orchard, John Harris, Jennifer Hasler, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Sergio Davies, Steve Kalik, Tobi Delbruck

We'll meet for beach volleyball at the town park, at the end of Colorado Ave. toward Bridal Veil falls.

Tennis

Members: Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Steve Kalik, Tara Julia Hamilton, Tobi Delbruck

Anyone fancy a game of tennis while we're there? (courts near the volleyball)

Soccer

Members: Garrick Orchard, Jennifer Hasler, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Steve Kalik

On Tuesdays and Thursdays the locals play soccer at the town park, at the end of Colorado Ave. toward Bridal Veil falls. We can also organize our own games.

Mountain Biking

Members: Jorg Conradt, Daniel Lofaro, Bert Shi, Jonathan Tapson, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Tobi Delbruck

There are excellent places for beginner and advanced mountain biking just next to Telluride and also in the slickrock country about an hour's drive away. Several people have gotten broken bones, faces etc so watch it!

Workshop Photographers

Members: Daniel Lofaro

Sign up here if you are taking pictures in the Workshop so that we can create a common gallery on neuromorphs.net!

Whitewater rafting

Members: Jorg Conradt, Daniel Lofaro, Sergio Davies, Steve Kalik

We may try to get together a group of people to go white water rafting.

Ultimate Frisbee

Members: Steve Kalik

We have a disc and a field, what more needs to be said?

Music

Members: Daniel Lofaro

If you can sing or play an instrument (and are bringing it with you) and would like to make some music in Telluride, please join this workgroup. We'll get together and try out a musical collaboration.

Hiking/Camping

Members: Garrick Orchard, Steve Kalik

Sign up here to join forces for hiking or overnite backpacking. Don't forget your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and water! And don't drink the stream water!

Fly fishing

Members: Daniel Lofaro, Jonathan Tapson, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Steve Kalik

Sign up here to join forces for the exquisite fly fishing opportunities around Telluride.

Rock Climbing

Members: Garrick Orchard, Michele Rucci, Sergio Davies

If you like simple bouldering or are into sport climbing, sign up to this group!

Barbecue

Members: David Mascarenas, Daniel Lofaro, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Sergio Davies, Steve Kalik, Tobi Delbruck

If you like eating hamburgers, hot dogs, drinking beer or wine and enjoy good company, then sign up to this group!

World Cup

Members:

Get together to watch World Cup games at various locations.

sponsors

Members:

This year's Workshop is supported by: The National Science Foundation - Science of Learning Center Programs, Air force Office of Scientific Research, Office of Naval Research, The European Union Science Foundation, Woo-Wee Toys, The Mathworks Inc., Tanner Tools, The University of Maryland College Park, Institut Fur NeuroInformatics? ETH-Zurich, The Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, The University of Sydney, The Salk Institute, Boston University, University of Cape Town