Discussion groups

Event-based real-time sensory-motor processing discussion group

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: Tobi Delbruck, Zurich, anyone else can help organize?

Besides teaching the mechanics of using silicon retinas for event based processing in jAER, this group also will organize a variety of discussions on event-based sensory procesing and hardware. See wiki:2012/jaer12#Discussions for more details.

Self-organized criticality discussion group

Members: Christoph Maier, Heather Bell, Jongkil Park, Jeffrey Pompe, Lakshmi Krishnan, Nabil Imam, Sadique Sheik

Leaders: Frederic Broccard, Sadique Sheik and 'Matthew Cook (moderator)'

We would like to discuss the pros and cons for artificial and biological systems to carry out computation at the edge of chaos. We will start discussing self-organized criticality (SOC) in natural systems and how SOC arises in these systems. We will then explore the similarities and differences between systems exhibiting SOC and recurrent neural/neuronal networks. The main focus of this discussion group is to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the computational capacities of these systems and their dynamical properties in order to get inspiration for the design of future software and hardware systems.

Neuromorphic VLSI Systems book

Members: Bernabe Linares-Barranco, Giacomo Indiveri, Shih-Chii Liu, Tara Julia Hamilton, Tobi Delbruck

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

aVLSI book

Members: Christoph Maier

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 Liu during the last week if you want to buy one.

''Grand Challenges and the Neuromorphic Engineering Community'' discussion group

Members: Christoph Maier, Jorg Conradt, Frederic Broccard, Heather Bell, Jeffrey Pompe, Mehdi Khamassi, Michael Pfeiffer, Sadique Sheik, Sudarshan Ramenahalli, Tobi Delbruck

Leaders: Timmer Horiuchi Ralph Etienne-Cummings

As the workshop and the community looks to the future, we would like to work on problems that have an impact in the world. With the proliferation of Grand Challenge lists, it is good to consider how we fit into the ecosystem. Most Grand Challenges are centered on applications with little to no bias on how the job gets done (subject to only a limited number of constraints). Given that neuromorphic (cognition) engineering is a methodology/technology/lifestyle and not an application area, on what Grand Challenges can neuromorphic research make the biggest impact? We will begin by discussing the latest DARPA Grand Challenge on humanoid robotics. Please come discuss this with us and bring your *constructive* thoughts and enthusiasm.