Posted on behalf of Melika Payvand.
The International Conference on Neuromorphic Systems (ICONS) organized by the Oak Ridge National lab finally took place in person this year, from July 27th to July 29th in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. The conference was a huge success, with a diverse set of participants from all around the world. The conference included topics from neuromorphic devices, to systems, algorithms and applications. One thing that stood out was the increasing focus of the community on encoding, algorithms and benchmarking. Indeed, NEUROTECH partner, Chiara Bartolozzi gave a keynote speech on the application of neuromorphic perception for robots, and discussed multi modal neuromorphic sensing, including the sense of touch as an important modality for providing feedback to the robot.
Some interesting new benchmarks were introduced, including the radiation anomaly detection, well suited for neuromorphic processors. Another application domain was PID controller for on board altitude control, which received the best student award.
On the algorithmic side, evolutionary algorithms, surrogate gradients and continual learning had the most emphasis. The work on continual learning also won the best paper award. See all awards on the ICONS homepage.
NEUROTECH supported three European students to attend ICONS: Akke Toeter and Stein Stroobant from TU Delft, and Ricardo Fontanini from University of Udine. Congratulations to them!
Stein Stroobant was the recipient of the best student paper award! Also congratulations to him!
Two of the NEUROTECH fellows together with NEUROTECH partners at ICONS. From left to right: Melika Payvand, Stein Stroobant, Chiara Bartolozzi, and Riccardo Fontanini.