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    January 20, 2016 | By Max Versace

    neuromodulator_coffeeA slightly different post ..... away from robot and GPU! Today, I want to point to a new article titled Resonant Cholinergic Dynamics in Cognitive and Motor Decision-Making: Attention, Category Learning, and Choice in Neocortex, Superior Colliculus, and Optic Tectum was published on Frontiers in Neuroscience (20 January 2016 | The article, directly derived from my PhD research on laminar mechanisms of memory and perception in the cerebral cortex, was written in collaboration with Jesse Palma. This article, freely available online, elaborates on links between ... a cup of coffee (cholinergic modulation!!!!), attention, learning, and decision making within several brain systems, both cognitive and motor.

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  • NASA Langley talk – 22 July 2015

    July 24, 2015 | By Max Versace

    (From the Autonomy Incubator Blog at NASA Langley, VA, USA - article by Abigail Hartley. "A hockey puck-shaped robot, carrying a laptop and a KinectTM on a set of shelves, was the star of the Autonomy Incubator (AI) today as it trundled around a makeshift enclosure in the AI flight range. CEO Dr. Massimiliano "Max" Versace, Dr. Matt Luciw, and and doctoral candidate Jeremy Wurbs represented robotics company Neurala, a NASA Phase II SBIR recipient, on their visit to NASA Langley Research Center. They came not only to deliver a lecture, but also demonstrate their navigational and collision avoidance research, as well as the soon-to-be-released Apple iOS app that has grown out of that research."


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  • Live on the “Italia Chiamo’” show, 4/9/2015

    April 10, 2015 | By Max Versace

    Guest of L'Italia Chiamò (Episode 25) in the Gloucester, MA studio with Elisa MEazzini e Stefano Marchese.

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  • Interview on Italian National Radio: Radio 2 Caterpillar

    January 10, 2015 | By Max Versace

    The following link shows an interview on 1/9/2015 in Italian on the leading Radio program Caterpillar on the Italian National Radio 2.

    The interview is on Minute 11:40

  • Article on the Italia newspaper “Il Piccolo”

    January 10, 2015 | By Max Versace

    The Italian newspaper Il Piccolo has featured my work and the one of my co-founders in Neurala. Here is the complete article.

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  • Deep Learning for Bots – Defrag 2014, Boulder, CO

    November 24, 2014 | By Max Versace

    Defrag explores the frontiers of technology’s intersections with society, government, education, healthcare, and commerce through discussions and sessions rooted in topics like cloud computing, APIs, mobile technologies, big data, devops, the internet of things, and next generation human computer interaction. In 2014, I was invited to give a Keynote on Deep Learning for Bots.

    Here is a link to the conference.


  • Learning to Navigate in a Virtual World using Optic Flow and Stereo Disparity Signals

    August 24, 2014 | By Max Versace

    The Neuromorphics Lab is has just published a new article that explains how optic flow and learning can be used to improve navigation in a mobile robot. This is the abstract of the article just appeared in Artificial Life and Robotics:

    "Navigating in a complex world is challenging in that the rich, real environment provides a very large number of sensory states that can immediately precede a collision. Biological organisms such as rodents are able to solve this problem, effortlessly navigating in closed-spaces by encoding in neural representations distance toward walls or obstacles for a given direction."

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  • Max Versace visits NASA Ames

    May 7, 2014 | By Max Versace

    Neuromorphics Lab Director Massimiliano Versace visited NASA Ames, where it gave a talk on autonomous navigation on land robot and collision avoidance on UAVs.

    NASA Ames is particularly active in the NextGen Airspace Project, where they work with the FAA to develop activities in the area of air traffic management.

  • Max Versace at NASA Langley

    April 10, 2014 | By Max Versace

    "If aliens had access to YouTube they would think the Earth was populated by robots." But as robotics expert Massimiliano Versace told a group at NASA Langley, that is not true – yet. And it is primarily because there are three barriers or "miracles that need to happen.

    For robots to become as commonplace as they were in the 1960s TV show, "The Jetsons," Versace says engineers need to develop a smart mind, a powerful brain and an inexpensive body. The role model for this kind of robot in real life, as in fiction, is the human being.

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  • TEDx Fulbright: Max Versace Talks About The Future of Robotics

    April 7, 2014 | By Max Versace

    If an alien watched all the videos on YouTube, he would think that the world was full of robots. But, it's not. Why not? What will it take to get robots out of YouTube and into the real world? Read the rest of this entry »


I am the leader of the Neuromorphics Lab, a highly collaborative lab with connections across both academia and industry.