A 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 | http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2015.00501). 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.
January 20, 2016 |
July 24, 2015 |
(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."
April 10, 2015 |
January 10, 2015 |
The interview is on Minute 11:40
January 10, 2015 |
The Italian newspaper Il Piccolo has featured my work and the one of my co-founders in Neurala. Here is the complete article.
November 24, 2014 |
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.
August 24, 2014 |
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."
April 10, 2014 |
"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.
April 7, 2014 |
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 »
March 11, 2014 |
David Harris, Tech Editor at Boston Business Journal, writes about our work with NASA Langley on Drones. "What if drones could learn how to fly better and avoid collisions all on their own? That's essentially what Massimiliano Versace, CEO of Cambridge-based Neurala, is working on in collaboration with NASA's Langley Research Center. The end result of the research could improve collision-avoidance systems for both drones and driverless cars — and make the concept of a robot "brain" a reality." Full article here: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/startups/2014/03/cambridgesneurala-using-flight-simulator-to-train.html?page=all