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2012 Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Workshop Topic Areas and other work groups

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Main Topic Areas

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Learning and Computational Intelligence in Neuromorphic Cognitive Systems

Members: Bernabe Linares-Barranco, Christian Brandli, Elisabetta Chicca, Christoph Maier, Jorg Conradt, Daniel B. Fasnacht, Bert Shi, Frederic Broccard, federico corradi, Gert Cauwenberghs, Giacomo Indiveri, Garrick Orchard, Jasmine Berry, Jongkil Park, Jeffrey Pompe, Jonathan Tapson, Kwabena Boahen, Lakshmi Krishnan, Mehdi Khamassi, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Mathis Richter, Matthew Runchey, Nai Ding, Nabil Imam, Nils Peters, Michael Pfeiffer, Jennifer Hasler, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Sadique Sheik, Sam Fok, Sergio Davies, Shih-Chii Liu, Siddharth Rajaram, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Tara Julia Hamilton, Timmer Horiuchi, Thomas Murray, Tobi Delbruck, Theodore Yu, Yulia Sandamirskaya

Organizers: Gert Cauwenberghs (UCSD) Giacomo Indiveri (Zurich)

Integrating Perception, Cognition, and Action in Neuromorphic Hardware and Software

Members: Asha Gopinathan, Alexander Neckar, Bernabe Linares-Barranco, Bryan Tripp, Christian Brandli, Chris Eliasmith, Elisabetta Chicca, Christoph Maier, Jorg Conradt, Bert Shi, federico corradi, Gert Cauwenberghs, Giacomo Indiveri, Jasmine Berry, Jeffrey Pompe, Jonathan Tapson, Kevin Mazurek, Mehdi Khamassi, Magdalena Kogutowska, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Mathis Richter, Matthew Runchey, Nai Ding, Nabil Imam, Michael Pfeiffer, Sadique Sheik, Sam Fok, Sergio Davies, Shih-Chii Liu, Samir Menon, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Timmer Horiuchi, Thomas Murray, Tobi Delbruck, Terry Stewart, Theodore Yu, Yulia Sandamirskaya

Organizers: Kwabena Boahen (Standford) Chris Eliasmith (Univ. of Waterloo) Win FREE BEER (check the workgroup page)

Human Attention in the Machine

Members: Asha Gopinathan, Adrian KC Lee, Claire Chamers, Connie Cheung, Diana Sidtis, Edmund Lalor, Inyong Choi, James Wright, Jonathan Brumberg, Jongkil Park, Jeffrey Pompe, Jonathan Tapson, Lakshmi Krishnan, Malcolm Slaney, Mehdi Khamassi, Magdalena Kogutowska, Mathis Richter, Matthew Runchey, Nai Ding, Nils Peters, Jennifer Hasler, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Sahar Akram, Shih-Chii Liu, Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Siddharth Rajaram, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Timmer Horiuchi, Thomas Murray, Tobi Delbruck, Troy Lau, Theodore Yu, Ying-Yee Kong, Yulia Sandamirskaya

Organizers:: Shihab Shamma, Barbara Shinn-Cunningham Univ. of Maryland) Malcolm Slaney (Yahoo Research)

Social Neuroscience and Robotic Pet Project

Members: Christoph Maier, Daniel B. Fasnacht, Diana Sidtis, Heather Bell, James Bonaiuto, Jongkil Park, Kevin Mazurek, Mehdi Khamassi, Magdalena Kogutowska, Matthew Runchey, Nai Ding, Pablo Gomez Esteban, Pam White, Sahar Akram, Sam Fok, Sergi Bermudez i Badia, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Timmer Horiuchi, Thomas Murray, Tobi Delbruck, Ulysses Bernardet, Ying-Yee Kong, Yulia Sandamirskaya

Organizers: 'Sergi Bermudez', Ulysses Bernardet (Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)

Computational Neuroscience Talks

Members: Asha Gopinathan, Adrian KC Lee, Bernabe Linares-Barranco, Christian Brandli, Connie Cheung, Chris Eliasmith, Elisabetta Chicca, Christoph Maier, Jorg Conradt, Edmund Lalor, Frederic Broccard, federico corradi, Giacomo Indiveri, Heather Bell, Jongkil Park, Jeffrey Pompe, Jonathan Tapson, Kevin Mazurek, Kwabena Boahen, Lakshmi Krishnan, Mehdi Khamassi, Magdalena Kogutowska, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Mathis Richter, Matthew Runchey, Nai Ding, Nabil Imam, Michael Pfeiffer, Pablo Gomez Esteban, Jennifer Hasler, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Sadique Sheik, Sahar Akram, Sam Fok, Sergi Bermudez i Badia, Sergio Davies, Samir Menon, Siddharth Rajaram, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Thomas Murray, Tobi Delbruck, Terry Stewart, Theodore Yu, Yulia Sandamirskaya

Organizer: Terrence Sejnowski (Salk Inst.)

Invited Tutorials

Neuromorphic Asynchronous Circuits

Members: Asha Gopinathan, Christian Brandli, Christoph Maier, Daniel B. Fasnacht, federico corradi, Gert Cauwenberghs, Giacomo Indiveri, Garrick Orchard, Jongkil Park, Kevin Mazurek, Kwabena Boahen, Magdalena Kogutowska, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Mathis Richter, Nabil Imam, Shih-Chii Liu, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Tara Julia Hamilton, Thomas Murray, Tobi Delbruck, Terry Stewart, Theodore Yu

Leader: Subhrajit Roy (Cornell)

Subscribe to this special invited tutorial workgroup to learn and implement neuromorphic VLSI chips with asynchronous digital circuits. We will also provide a tutorial introduction to asynchronous design using state-of-the-art tools for designing asynchronous circuits and do hands-on exercises.

Hands-on Overview of FPAA Chips and Tools

Members: Asha Gopinathan, Christian Brandli, Christoph Maier, Daniel B. Fasnacht, Magdalena Kogutowska, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Mathis Richter, Sadique Sheik, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Tara Julia Hamilton, Tobi Delbruck, Terry Stewart, Theodore Yu

Leaders: Jennifer Hasler, Scott Koziol, Univ. of Georgia

Large-Scale Field Programmable Analog Arrays (FPAA) enables a configurable approach to analog and mixed signal approaches typical of digital systems (i.e. FPGAs, uP). Many important aspects of neuromorphic design can be implemented in physical approaches; therefore having such techniques makes these device, circuit, and system approaches accessible to a wider audience. This tutorial will introduce in the theory, chips, boards, and tools over hands-on 2-3 sessions approach. These approaches provide a useful framework for discussing where to use neuromorphic type design approaches in a range of applications. We can also discuss related topics to these approaches, including programmable (floating-gate) circuits, that enable memory, programmable devices, and adaptive devices in a dense, low-power way into our neuromorphic systems.

Silicon Neurons and Noise in Neural Computation

Members: Asha Gopinathan, Christoph Maier, federico corradi, Jonathan Tapson, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Nabil Imam, Sadique Sheik, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Tara Julia Hamilton, Thomas Murray, Theodore Yu

Leader: Tara Julia Hamilton (UNSW)

Subscribe to this tutorial to learn about the evolution of neuron models and silicon neurons. We'll also be discussing the role of noise in neural computation. Join this discussion/tutorial group to make a lot of noise!!

Methods Tutorials

Using SubVersion for projects tutorial

Members: Asha Gopinathan, Adrian KC Lee, Bernabe Linares-Barranco, Connie Cheung, Christoph Maier, Daniel B. Fasnacht, Edmund Lalor, Heather Bell, Jongkil Park, Jeffrey Pompe, Kevin Mazurek, Lakshmi Krishnan, Magdalena Kogutowska, Pablo Gomez Esteban, Siddharth Rajaram, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Thomas Murray

Leaders: Tobi Delbruck (Zurich), Daniel B. Fasnacht (Zurich)

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.

Event-based real-time sensory-motor processing

Members: Asha Gopinathan, Christian Brandli, Christoph Maier, Jorg Conradt, Edmund Lalor, Frederic Broccard, Garrick Orchard, Jongkil Park, Jeffrey Pompe, Kwabena Boahen, Magdalena Kogutowska, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Mathis Richter, Matthew Runchey, Nai Ding, Nils Peters, Michael Pfeiffer, Ryad Benjamin Benosman, Sahar Akram, Shih-Chii Liu, Siddharth Rajaram, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Thomas Murray, Tobi Delbruck, Theodore Yu, Yulia Sandamirskaya

Leaders: Christian Brandli, Tobi Delbruck, Zurich

Use real time sensory-motor 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 fast visual or auditory robots. These sensors will be used in several topic areas at the workshop. In particular we plan this year to explore algorithms for structure from motion from an electronically stabilized DVS and to build a powerful new robotic goalie robot.

Nengo and Large-Scale Neural Modelling

Members: Asha Gopinathan, Christian Brandli, Chris Eliasmith, Elisabetta Chicca, Christoph Maier, federico corradi, Jongkil Park, Jeffrey Pompe, Jonathan Tapson, Kwabena Boahen, Magdalena Kogutowska, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Mathis Richter, Matthew Runchey, Nabil Imam, Pablo Gomez Esteban, Sadique Sheik, Sam Fok, Sergio Davies, Samir Menon, Siddharth Rajaram, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Timmer Horiuchi, Thomas Murray, Theodore Yu

Leader: Terry Stewart

Nengo is a neural compiler and simulator: a software tool for creating complex neural models. Neural groups are defined by setting their neurophysiological properties and the representational space over which they should be sensitive. Synaptic connections between groups (and recurrent connections) are defined by indicating the computation that should be performed on these representations. Nengo then solves for the required connection weights to achieve this. The resulting models can be simulated within Nengo through an interactive interface, or saved for use elsewhere. This system has been used to model digit recognition, list memory, pattern finding, motor control, visual attention, cognitive control, and planning, producing results consistent with human neurobiology, accuracy, and reaction times. This tutorial will introduce people to this software, showing how to create models using both a drag-and-drop interface and a Python scripting interface.

ABCs of on-chip bias generators

Members: Christoph Maier, federico corradi, Jongkil Park, Magdalena Kogutowska, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Tobi Delbruck, Theodore Yu

Leaders: Tobi Delbruck (Zurich) Bernabe Linares-Barranco (Microelectronics Center, Sevilla)

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. Open source design kits make it a lot easier for you to include these critical infrastructure circuits on your chip to make it work in the real world, not just on a nice, stable lab bench.

SMD Soldering Tutorial

Members: Bernabe Linares-Barranco, Christian Brandli, Christoph Maier, Daniel B. Fasnacht, federico corradi, Kevin Mazurek, Magdalena Kogutowska, Kent Slaney, Siddharth Rajaram, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Thomas Murray, 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: Asha Gopinathan, Bernabe Linares-Barranco, Christian Brandli, Christoph Maier, Daniel B. Fasnacht, Frederic Broccard, federico corradi, Giacomo Indiveri, Jongkil Park, Kevin Mazurek, Kwabena Boahen, Magdalena Kogutowska, Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Sadique Sheik, Kent Slaney, Siddharth Rajaram, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Thomas Murray, Tobi Delbruck, Terry Stewart, Theodore Yu

Leader: Daniel B. Fasnacht

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. This year participants will program and use the AVR32 board that they assemble and we also intend to explore the capabilities of the new Cypress FX3 device that enables developing your own Superspeed devices.

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