In normal times, the Capocaccia workshop towards Neuromorphic Intelligence would be held each year around April/May. For reasons we are all aware of this workshop hasn’t happened for the last two years. Finally now it looks as if we will be gathering again in Sardinia next spring! Check the workshop site for details.
Every year, workshop participants engage in two weeks of deep collaborative work towards producing a viable prototype that demonstrates a project idea. These prototypes are demoed on the last day of the workshop.
NEUROTECH is proud to again offer a prize for the best demo at the upcoming workshop! Details of the prize and the conditions to participate will be announced nearer the time.
The last team to win the award before the COVID-enforced hiatus presented “An Event-based Electronic Nose Sensor with an Application in Gas-Based Navigation”. The team was led by Damien Drix (U Hertfordshire) and was composed of Sam Sutton and Rebecca Miko (both also UH), Marcus Schüffny (TU Dresden) and Torben Schoepe (U Bielefeld, now Groningen). Congrats to winning 500 EUR cash prize!
Their demo was the result of an impressive collaborative effort that combined electronic gas sensing with event-based sampling and a bio-inspired functional spiking network that was implemented on the SpiNNaker Neuromorphic hardware system. Signals from two gas spaced a couple centimeters apart were converted into spike trains, which were then fed into a model of a spiking Elementary Motion Detector (sEMD, from [Milde 2018]). The resulting system was able to reliably discriminate the source direction of odor puffs delivered to the system, relative to the axis of the two gas sensors. This work has led to several follow-up studies, most notably on signal processing for event-based olfaction [Drix 2021] and event-driven, gas-based robot navigation; the latter being still pursued by the team.
Congratulations to the winning team 2019 and best of luck to all participants in the upcoming workshop!
Milde M, Bertrand O, Ramachandran H, Egelhaaf M, Chicca E. Spiking Elementary Motion Detector in Neuromorphic Systems. Neural Computation 30:1-34 (2018).
Drix D, Schmuker M. Resolving fast gas transients with Metal-Oxide sensors. ACS Sensors 6:688-692 (2021).