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  • New article in Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience

    May 14, 2012 | By Max Versace

    Abstract: Many cortical networks contain recurrent architectures that transform input patterns before storing them in short-term memory (STM).Theorems in the 1970’s showed how feedback signal functions in rate-based recurrent on-center off-surround networks control this process. A sigmoid signal function induces a quenching threshold below which inputs are suppressed as noise and above which they are contrast-enhanced before pattern storage.

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  • The Neuromorphics Lab featured on Bostonia

    April 26, 2012 | By Max Versace

    The Neuromorphics Lab featured on Bostonia with an article by Courtney Humphries.

  • The lab work on neuromorphic chips awarded the 2012 CELEST/CompNet Prize in Computational Neuroscience

    March 24, 2012 | By Max Versace

    Schuyler Eldridge has been awarded the 2012 CELEST/CompNet Prize in Computational Neuroscience for his work on Biologically inspired hardware for autonomous robots in collaboration with Florian Raudies, Ajay Joshi, and Max Versace. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Pushing the Boundaries of Artificial Intelligence

    March 1, 2012 | By Max Versace

    Feature article on BU Today, by Courtney Humphries.

    Massimiliano “Max” Versace sits in a conference room at BU’s Neuromorphics Laboratory. The lab director is holding one of the lab’s frequent visitors—his infant son, who is looking intently at his father. “This is a great example of a general-purpose learning machine,” Versace says—and he is only half joking. Versace has been discussing the lab’s primary goal: to build an artificial intelligence that is smarter than any robot yet created. Read the rest of this entry »

  • The Neuromorphics Lab featured on the cover page of IEEE Pulse, February 2012

    February 28, 2012 | By Max Versace

    The NL has another IEEE cover page featured article, this time on IEEE Pulse (Ames et al, 2012). The February edition of IEEE Pulse will be devoted to Neuroscience and DARPA, with a collection of cutting-edge work sponsored by the agency. Our work has been selected, and featured on the cover page, with an article titled "The Animat".



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  • Industrial outreach: our collaboration with HP to “fuel” Shell

    February 21, 2012 | By Max Versace

    A very interesting article on Mercury News with an interview to "HP Labs Director Prith Banerjee mentioning the latest HP Lab strategies and Cog Ex Machina, the software platform developed by HP Labs in collaboration with the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab.

    From the article: "HP Labs Director Prith Banerjee wants to be disruptive. When he was named to lead Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ) research arm in 2007, Banerjee launched a reorganization that narrowed the labs' focus to a short list of high-impact research topics, described as "Big Bets" that have the potential to create significant business opportunities for HP." Read the rest of this entry »

  • NASA Langley awards the Neuromorphics Lab a Center Innovation Fund

    January 21, 2012 | By Max Versace

    The CELEST Neuromorphics Lab has been awarded a 2011 NASA Langley Center Innovation Fund (CIF). The joint work between NASA Langley and the lab will focus on the development of neuromorphic algorithms for vision and learning in unmanned aerial vehicles. The purpose is to train autonomous vehicles to avoid collisions in the airspace based on learning in realistic virtual environments. The goal of this CIF is to next realize neuromorphic hardware for integration in aircraft.

  • NASA awards Neurala and the Neuromorphics Lab a 2012 STTR

    December 4, 2011 | By Max Versace

    Neurala LLC and the Neuromorphics Lab have been awarded a 2011 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program. The joint work will focus on the development of neuromorphic brains for autonomous robots dealing with unknown, potentially hostile environments. The announcement can be found here.

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  • Invited keynote presentation at Ericsson Inno.Vision, Rome, Italy

    December 3, 2011 | By Max Versace

    Ericsson Italy has hosted its traditional Annual Event on 30 November 2011 in Rome, gathering many leaders from the telecommunications segment, institutional representatives and other key stakeholders from government and media. As part of this event, I gave the keynote speech presentation on brain-inspired computing, and the role of this technology in the future of mobile telecommunication.  Read the rest of this entry »

  • Feature article on the 2011 Boston University Research Magazine

    November 29, 2011 | By Max Versace

    After a feature article on the 2011 edidtion of the Boston University Arts&Sciences magazine, the Neuromorphics Lab is featured again on the flaghsip research publication, the 2011 Boston University Research magazine. Following our article, the magazine also features other BU labs working on related (but not so much...) areas. Click here for the online version, and here for the PDF pf the magazine.


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