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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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  • 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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  • 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 »

  • Boston Business Journal on Drones and Neurala

    March 11, 2014 | By Max Versace

    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

  • US patent 8,648,867

    February 11, 2014 | By Max Versace

    Today, the U.S. Patent Office officially issued to Anatoli Gorchetchnikov, Heather Ames, Fabrizio Santini, and Massimiliano Versacea a patent that covers brain-based computational models running on graphic processing units (GPU). We see this invention as an important foundation for real-time artificial intelligence and robotics applications.

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  • New Neurala Robotics Software Enables Visitors to Drive a Robot on “Mars” at the Museum of Science, Boston

    December 16, 2013 | By Max Versace

    Premieres Today In Celebration of Computer Science Education Week

    CAMBRIDGE, MA – December 13, 2013 – Visitors to the Museum of Science will be able to drive a robot on the Surface of “Mars”  using software created by Cambridge, MA-based robotics company, Neurala, Inc.  The new hands-on activity in the Museum’s Cahners Computer Place, a permanent exhibit where visitors are encouraged to think about digital technology, launches today as part of the celebration for Computer Science Education Week. Read the rest of this entry »


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