2011/WorkshopSchedule

2011 Telluride Neuromorphic Cognitive Engineering Workshop Schedule

Sunday June 26th - Saturday July 16th, 2011, Telluride, Colorado.

Sun, June 26 Welcome reception, BBQ, orientation, history of workshop

17:00-18:00 : - Welcome! Reception at Elementary School (misleadingly labeled "High School") - See Housing Page for a map. History, aims, achievements of the workshop, tips about town and activities, requirements for participants. - Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck
18:00 - 20:00 : - BBQ (weather permitting) behind Telluride Lodge - see Housing Page for TL .
20:30 - 21:30 - Topic leaders planning get-together. Topic area leaders and organizers meet to discuss topic areas and project plans. Place TBA.

Mon, June 27 - Topic areas and projects

Morning session Mandatory

Host: Ralph Etienne-Cummings

8:30 - 9:00 : Topic leaders meet with organizers in lecture room to arrange presentation of topic areas.
09:00 - 9:20 : Welcome to workshop - Timmer Horiuchi, Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Tobi Delbruck - will explain workshop concept, give brief history.
09:20-10:00 : Topic area introductions. Each of the 4 main topic areas will introduce itself in 10 minutes to present its aims and projects.
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break. Bread, fruit, coffee and tea are supplied to participants each working day of the workshop.
10:30 - 11:00 : Tutorials / Discussions introduction. Each of the tutorial workgroups will introduce itself in 5-10 minutes.
11:00 - 11:15 : Admin/IT intro - Timmer Horiuchi, Daniel B. Fasnacht - will list requirements for participants, explain the workshop housing arrangements, admin, and IT setup.
11:15 - 12:00 : Self-introductions by participants. Each participant should introduce themselves briefly. Bring your show-and-tell toys and prepare to place yourself someplace along Terry Sejnowski's scale of investigation from molecular to behavioral.
12:00 - 12:30 : Topic leaders and other group leaders meet in lecture room to schedule afternoon and evening time slots for the workshop.

12:00 - 15:00 Lunch Break

The first afternoon will be focused on organizing topic areas and projects.

15:00 - [17:00 16:00] - Topic area discussions for wiki:2011/cogrob11 , wiki:2011/learn11 , wiki:2011/att11 , wiki:2011/ng11 . Participants will split up into 4 groups to circulate between topic areas to discuss possible projects with the topic leaders. Topic areas will be discussed in the following locations (Lab 1 is closest to the lecture room, Lab 2 is furthest): 15:00-16:00 : wiki:2011/att11 in Lecture room together with wiki:2011/cogrob11 in kitchen, swap participants after 30 minutes
16:00-17:00 : wiki:2011/learn11 in Lecture room together with wiki:2011/ng11 in kitchen, swap participants after 30 minutes 17:00 - 20:00 - Recreation / sports / dinner break. Siesta's for Europeans or other jet lagged participants.

Evening

20:00 - 21:00 : In the lecture and lab areas. Topic leaders will continue discussing topics and projects with participants, setting them up with tools, and doing their best to get participants who want to start on a project in a state that they can start working.


Week 1: Normal daily program begins

Unconventional Guidelines

Topic areas should arrange their presentations according to the these guidelines - why is it so?

  • Powerpoint is banned from the morning discussions. Morning discussions should aim for a "chalktalk". We will have a  high-quality display tablet to sketch your ideas for projection and recording. Afternoon tutorials on fields and methods may use computer presentations. Why is it so? Speakers are advised to practice using the tablet with Sankore whiteboard software before they get up in front of their audience.
  • Topic areas should present at least one and at most two tutorials during first week in the afternoon aimed at outsiders to the field. These talks will be mandatory for applicants and marked as such.
  • Morning discussions are aimed at "problems of the day" which stem from the main topic areas. The topic areas should organize these discussions around a set of 2 or 3 presenters in the hour of discussion who will consider different aspects of this problem. Their presentations should include sufficient background that outsiders can appreciate the discussion that ensues. Discussion leaders / presenters can be recruited from anyone at the workshop - your own or other topic area invitees, organizers, advisory board members, or participants - see the participants page.
  • Afternoon sessions are for working time, topic area meetings, and tutorials.
  • Evenings are generally for working on projects, topic area meetings, and methods tutorials, but directors may arrange seminars on special topics, particularly in the Computational Neuroscience topic area or schedule this time for specific methods tutorials.
  • Each discussion session has hosts, who coordinate the presentations, and a blogger who should take minutes of the discussion, collect suplementary material such as slides and papers, and enter this blog into the topic area wiki.

Tue, June 28 - Problems of the day: Cognitive Robotics and Learning

Morning tutorial sessions - topics CogRob and Learn
Host: Ralph Etienne-Cummings

09:00 - 10:00 : Tutorial on Cognitive Robotics - Cornelia Fermuller, Yiannis Aloimonos - Mandatory
10:00 - 10:30 : breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : Tutorial on Guided Reinforcement Learning - 'David Noelle' - Mandatory

Afternoon discussion meetings

13:15 - 14:00 : IT tools, wiki tour and wiki editing , and Subversion tutorial - Daniel B. Fasnacht, Tobi Delbruck
14:00 - 15:00 : CogRob - Cornelia Fermuller, Yiannis Aloimonos - Subproject discussions
15:30 - 16:30 : Learn - 'David Noelle', John Harris - Discussion of Cognitive Architecture
17:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

20:00 - 21:00 : Programming the robot under ROS - First Tutorial: ROS Basics - Ching Teo, Yezhou Yang, Aleksandrs Ecins
21:00 - 22:00 : Learn - 'David Noelle', John Harris - Subproject discussions

Wed, June 29 - Problems of the day: Attention and Bottom-up Cognition

Morning tutorial sessions - topics Attention and Ng/Nengo
Host: Timmer Horiuchi

09:00 - 10:00 : Tutorial on Bottom-up Cognition from cells to behavior - Chris Eliasmith - Mandatory
10:00 - 10:30 : breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : Tutorial on Visual system, attention and scene analysis - Jude Mitchel - Mandatory

Afternoon discussion meetings

13:00 - 14:00 : Asynchronous Circuits introductory tutorial -'Rajit Manohar'
14:00 - 15:00 : Attention - Malcolm Slaney, Mounya Elhilali, Jude Mitchel - Subproject discussions
15:00 - 16:00 : NG/Nengo - hosted by Kwabena Boahen, Chris Eliasmith - Subproject discussions
16:00 - 17:00 : CogRob Subproject discussion
16:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

20:00 - 21:00 : Attention - Subprojects discussion
20:00 - 21:00 : Neurogrid/Nengo - Subprojects discussion
21:00 - 22:00 : Programming the robot under ROS - Second Tutorial: ROS with Hardware + Software - Ching Teo, Yezhou Yang, Aleksandrs Ecins

Thu, June 30 - Problems of the day: Learning and Cognitive Robotics

Morning discussion sessions - topics CogRob and Learn
Host: Malcolm Slaney

09:00 - 10:00 : Embodied Biologically-Based Active Vision: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Model Affordances for the Learning Workgroup - hosted by 'David Noelle', John Harris with 'Brian Mingus' - Mandatory
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : CogRob - hosted by Cornelia Fermuller, Yiannis Aloimonos, Andreas Andreou with Troy Lau, 'Katerina Pastra', Eirini Balta, 'Austin Meyers', 'Douglas Summerstay' - Mandatory

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00 : jAER event based processing introductory tutorial - Retina and Cochlea demos of event processing - Tobi Delbruck
14:00 - 15:00 : Tutorial on Functional Roles of Neuromodulatory Systems - Nicolas Oros
14:00 - 15:00 : Nengo/NG - Nengo Hands On Tutorial Terry Stewart
15:30 - 16:30 : Attention to Proto-Objects: Grouping Based Saliency (Attention) - Alexander Russell, Stefan Mihalas, Ernst Niebur and Ralph Etienne-Cummings
15:30 - 16:30 : Nengo/NG - Nengo Hands On Tutorial Terry Stewart
16:30 - 17:30 : Motor control and its applications to robots: looking from stem to stern of the CNS - Avis Cohen
17:30 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

19:59 - 21:00 ; Julio on Eye Tracking
20:00 - 21:00 : SMD Tutorial First Session
20:00 - 21:00: Cognitive Robotics group project discussion
21:00 - 22:00 : Learn workgroup meeting hosted by 'Trent Kriete'

Fri, July 1 - Problems of the day: Bottom-up Cognition and Attention

Morning discussion sessions - topics Attention and NG/Nengo
Host: Avis Cohen

09:00 - 10:00 : Discussion of Auditory system, attention and scene analysis - Malcolm Slaney, Mounya Elhilali - Mandatory
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : NEF versus Leabra: Engineer or Learn? Spikes or not? - hosted by Kwabena Boahen with 'David Noelle', Chris Eliasmith - Mandatory

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings - Please note new 10 minutes breaks between meetings

13:00 - 13:50 : jAER event based processing introductory tutorial - Laptop setup and getting retinas running; basic notions of event-based processing - Tobi Delbruck
14:00 - 14:50 : Jude Mitchel on Attention - (Attention)
15:00 - 15:50 : NEF Networks on Neurogrid - Kwabena Boahen
16:00 - 17:00 : Asynchronous Circuits FPGA tools setup - bring laptop; we will  set you up for Xilinx development on the BASYS2 boards -Tobi Delbruck
17:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

20:00 - 21:00 : USB Tutorial First Session
21:00 - 22:00 : Learn workgroup meeting hosted by 'David Noelle', John Harris 21:00 - : Project time

Sat, July 2 - Problems of the day: Asynchronous Computation and Communication

Morning discussion sessions - Asynchronous computation and communication and other tutorials
Host: Tobi Delbruck

09:00 - 10:00 : No Talk scheduled. Breakfast at 10:00
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : CogRob - Time Oriented Vision and Language Ryad Benjamin Benosman, 'Katerina Pastra', Eirini Balta -

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 13:50 : Hands-on Overview of FPAA Chips and Tools
14:00 - 14:50 : Nengo/NG - NEF Networks on Neurogrid Kwabena Boahen
15:00 - 15:50 : Nengo/NG - Nengo Hands On Tutorial Terry Stewart
16:00 - 17:00 : SMD & USB - Rerun of the SMD intro session, SMD/USB discussion
17:00 - 17:30 : Parade prep, top of stairs next to lecture hall 17:30 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

20:00 - : Project time

Sun, July 3 - Free day for play and work and July 4th preparation

Sunday is free for play and work. The schoolhouse will be open by 9:00 but no breakfast will be served there.

See wiki:2011/indep11

Week 2: Second week begins - Computational Neuroscience

Mon, July 4 - July 4th parade

09:00 - 10:00 : Meet in schoolhouse to finalize parade preparations - Parade
10:00 - 12:00 : July 4th parade along Colorado St (main street).
12:00 - 15:00 : Town BBQ in town park

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

15:00 - 16:00 : (Bias) Bias Generators #1: Demo, overall architecture, Widlar's bootstrapped mirror - Lecture room
16:00 - 17:00 : (jAER) jAER event based processing introductory tutorial - Projects and how to write your own event processor (bring laptop) - Tobi Delbruck
17:00 - 18:00 : (Learn) Learn11 workgroup meeting in classroom
17:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

20:00 - : Project time

Tue, July 5 - Computational Neuroscience

Host: Terrence Sejnowski - wiki:2011/cns11

09:00 - 10:00 : "Understanding auditory attention: Relating perception to network activity" - Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (BU)
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : (NG) "What kind of data is needed to constrain models?" 'Eric Shea-Brow' and 'Matthijs van de Meer', hosted by Chris Eliasmith (notes)

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 13:50 : (CogRob) Project meeting
14:00 - 14:50 : (Learn) Tutorial on Evolving Neural Controllers - Nicolas Oros - Lecture
15:00 - 15:50 : (Attention) Local competition as a model for sparse neural representation (Attention) - 'Samuel Shapero' - Lecture
16:00 - 16:50 :

(NG) Nengo/Neurogrid tutorial continued - Lab 2
(Attention) Attention-Driven Scene Analysis - project discussions - Lecture

17:00 - 18:00 : (Cogrob) project meeting
18:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

Host: Terrence Sejnowski - wiki:2011/cns11

20:00 - 21:00 : John Allman (Caltech) - "Disgust and Empathy in Fronto-insular Cortex"
21:00 - 22:00 :(NG) "What kind of data is needed to constrain models? Cont'd" 'Eric Shea-Brow' and 'Matthijs van de Meer', hosted by Chris Eliasmith

Wed, July 6 - Computational Neuroscience

Host: Terrence Sejnowski

09:00 - 10:00 : "To spike or not to spike: A neuromorphic perspective" - Gert Cauwenberghs (UCSD)
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : "Affective Salience: Attention, Uncertainty, and Reward" - Andrea Chiba (UCSD)

Lunch (bring your own bag lunch)

12:00 - 13:00 : (jAER) Completing tutorial on processing events and projects

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00 : (Asyn) Neuromorphic Asynchronous Circuits - Tools and Exercises
14:00 - 14:50 : (Learn) Tutorial on Getting Fundamental Aspects of Language Understanding to Work in a Neuromorphic Framework - Christian Huyck - Lecture
15:00 - 16:00 : (Attention) Ozlem Kalinli - Model of Auditory Saliency - lecture room
16:00 - 17:00 : (Attention) Project meeting - lecture room
17:00 - 18:00 :

(CogRob) project meeting
(FPAA) Hands-on Overview of FPAA Chips and Tools

18:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

Host: Terrence Sejnowski - wiki:2011/cns11

20:00 - 21:00 : "Connecting neurons to function. What can we trust? Examples from studies of motivation and perceptual categorization" - Barry Richmond (NIH)
21:00 - 22:00 : Learn11 Workgroup Meeting in classroom

Thu, July 7 - Computational Neuroscience

Host: Andrea Chiba - wiki:2011/cns11

09:00 - 10:00 : "Scaling laws for movements" - Terrence Sejnowski (Salk)
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : Neuromorphic Asynchronous Communication and Computation - 5 minute provocations - 'Rajit Manohar', Shih-Chii Liu, Kwabena Boahen, Francesco Galluppi, 'hasler', Tobi Delbruck, Gert Cauwenberghs

Lunch (bring your own bag lunch)

12:00 - 13:00 : Organizer and Advisory Board meeting in Lecture room - bring lunch

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00 : (Asyn) Neuromorphic Asynchronous Circuits
14:00 - 15:00 : (Attention) DeLiang Wang on Auditory Scene Analysis
15:00 - 16:00 : (NG/Nengo) SpiNNaker: Large-Scale Universal Spiking Neural Network Architecture - Francesco Galluppi, Sergio Davies
16:00 - 17:00 : (Learn) Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Methods for Guided Reinforcement Learning
17:00 - 18:00 : (CogRob) A cognitive robot detecting objects using sound, language, and vision
18:00 - 20:00 : BBQ behind Telluride Lodge.

Evening

Host: Terrence Sejnowski - wiki:2011/cns11

20:30 - 21:30 : "Robots + Embodied Cognition + Evolution = Spontaneous Neural Modularity" - 'Josh Bongard' (Univ. Vermont) -

Fri, July 8 - Computational Neuroscience

Host: Terrence Sejnowski - wiki:2011/cns11

09:00 - 10:00 : "Bird song learning without reinforcement: The Hebbian self-organization of sensorimotor circuits" - Surya Ganguli (UCSF)
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : 'How complex do neuron models need to be for cognitive function? - 'Eugene Izhikevich' and Bartlett Mel, hosted by Chris Eliasmith

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00 : Neuromorphic Asynchronous Circuits
14:00 - 15:00 : Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Methods for Guided Reinforcement Learning (Learn) 
15:00 - 16:00 : From single cells to cognition in software and hardware (NG/Nengo)
16:00 - 17:00 : Attention-Driven Scene Analysis (Attention)
17:00 - 18:00 : A cognitive robot detecting objects using sound, language, and vision (CogRob)
18:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

Host: Tobi Delbruck

21:00 - 23:00 : Project demo previews. Projects will demonstrate their state of progress in the lab spaces.

Sat, July 9 - TBA

Morning discussion sessions

09:00 - 10:00 : On the close relationship between natural spatial computations and dendrite spatial computations - Bartlett Mel
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : The minimalist grammar of action - 'Katerina Pastra'

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00 : Hands-on Overview of FPAA Chips and Tools 
14:00 - 15:00 : From single cells to cognition in software and hardware (NG/Nengo) 
15:00 - 16:00 : From single cells to cognition in software and hardware (NG/Nengo) 
16:00 - 17:00 : TBD
17:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: Project time
21:00 - 24:00: Party at TBD (see your emails)

Sun, July 10 - Free day for play and work - school open at 10am - no breakfast served

Week 3: Final week

Mon, July 11 - TBA

Morning discussion sessions

09:00 - 10:00 : TBA
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : Asynchronous Circuits introductory tutorial -'Rajit Manohar'

Lunch - bring your own

12:00-12:50 : (Bias) Bias generators #2: Current splitters and sub-pA current mirrors - lecture room

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00 : A cognitive robot detecting objects using sound, language, and vision (CogRob) 
13:00 - 14:00 : Attention Workgroup Status Meeting
14:00 - 15:00 : Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Methods for Guided Reinforcement Learning (Learn) 
15:00 - 16:00 : Asynchronous Circuits introductory tutorial -'Rajit Manohar'
17:00 - 18:00 : A cognitive robot detecting objects using sound, language, and vision (CogRob)
18:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

20:00 - : Project time

Tue, July 12 - TBA

Morning discussion sessions

09:00 - 10:00 : (Learn) Tutorial on Asynchronous, Event-Driven Critical Branching Networks - 'Chris Kello' - Lecture
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : How does the brain work? - 'Bill Softky' and Chris Eliasmith, hosted by Kwabena Boahen

Lunch - bring your own

12:00-12:50 : Bias generators #3: Latest architectures

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00 : (Attention) Nuno Vascancelos on Discriminant Saliency Networks
14:00 - 15:00 : (Nengo/Neurogrid) "Generic Sensory Prediction" - 'Bill Softky'
15:00 - 16:00 : (Nengo/Neurogrid) From single cells to cognition in software and hardware  
16:00 - 17:00 : (Learn) Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Methods for Guided Reinforcement Learning  
17:00 - 18:00 : (CogRob) A cognitive robot detecting objects using sound, language, and vision
18:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

20:00 - 21:00 : USB Programming Session
21:00 - : Project time

Wed, July 13 - TBA

Morning discussion sessions

09:00 - 10:00 : TBA
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : (Nengo/Neurogrid) "Spike-based attention" - 'Bruce Bobier' AND (Nengo/Neurogrid) "Spike-based Hebbian learning" - Michael Pfeiffer

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00 : TBA
14:00 - 15:00 : Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Methods for Guided Reinforcement Learning (Learn) 
15:00 - 16:00 : Attention-Driven Scene Analysis (Attention)
16:00 - 17:00 : Attention-Driven Scene Analysis (Attention)
17:00 - 18:00 : A cognitive robot detecting objects using sound, language, and vision (CogRob)
18:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

20:00 - 21:00 : Hands-on Overview of FPAA Chips and Tools

Thu, July 14 - TBA

Morning discussion sessions

09:00 - 10:00 : TBA
10:00 - 10:30 : Breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30 : TBA

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00 :
14:00 - 15:00 : From single cells to cognition in software and hardware (NG/Nengo) 
15:00 - 17:00 : Presentation preparation for Friday morning and reporting project results on wiki in wiki:2011/results?
17:00 - 20:00 : Recreation / sports / dinner break

Evening

21:00 - 23:00 : Project demos. All demonstration projects will show final demonstrations of their projects in the lab spaces.

Presentations of results

Fri, July 15 - Final project presentations

Host: Andre van Schaik

09:30 - 10:00 : Breakfast & Presenters meet in lecture room to arrange presentations
10:00 - 12:00 : Project result presentations Project results are presented by each topic area, with brief reports from tutorial groups. Mandatory
12:00 - 13:00 : Lunch
13:00 - 16:00 : Project write-ups. Packing and cleaning up. Your help is highly appreciated!!! Final project results are documented in wiki on Results Page. Groups should pack their equipment. The schoolhouse needs to be rearranged (children's tables reassembled, furniture put away, carpet vacuumed, etc.)
19:00 - 21:00 : Final dinner and skits?. At the Elks Club.

Sat, July 16 - Packing & Cleaning

Packing up. Help clean the schoolhouse.

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