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

    August 24, 2014 | By Max Versace

    mobile_robotThe 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." Read the rest of this entry »

  • Max Versace at 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, Director of the Neuromorphics Lab, 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 »

  • Application for the CELEST Summer Program 2014 is now open.

    December 19, 2013 | By Max Versace

    About the CELEST Summer Program for Undergraduates

    The summer program for undergraduate students involves research internships with CELEST faculty members who utilize experimental and/or computational approaches to the neuroscience of learning. Members of groups underrepresented in science are particularly encouraged to apply. Read the rest of this entry »

  • The Future of Robotics Summit – Feeding the Body, Brain and Mind

    December 16, 2013 | By Max Versace

    What will it take to get robots out of YouTube and into our day to day lives? Max Versace, Director of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab, talks about the state of the art in robotic bodies, brains and minds.  He says that in just a few years, it will be robotic intelligence that will make the next leap forward.

    In just a little more than 10 minutes, Dr. Versace presented the trends in a compelling presentation at the MassTLC Future of Robotics Summit on December 13, 2013. Watch the video and go on a journey to Mars and the brain of a mouse.

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  • The Lab collaborates with Neurala to launch a “Drive a Robot on Mars” exhibit at the Museum of Science, Boston

    December 13, 2013 | By Max Versace

    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., working collaboratively with the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab in the context of an STTR Phase II award with NASA. 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 »

  • The CELEST and CompNet Neuromorphics Lab and Neurala at the Boston Museum Of Science

    September 4, 2013 | By Max Versace

    The CELEST and CompNet Neuromorphics Lab and Neurala at the Boston Museum Of Science were jointly invited to participate at the event "Mars and Beyond" helo at the MOS on September 1, 2013.

    In the event, visitors have the chance to explore cool science and technology relating to space exploration, with live presentations and activities.

    The event included several scientists who design and work with space missions. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Neurala and Boston University Neuromorphis Lab at NASA Langley

    February 1, 2013 | By Max Versace

    Anatoli Gorchetchnikov and Tim Barnes visited NASA Langley on 2/1/2012 presenting the work carried out in the joint effort by Neurala and Boston University Neuromorphis Lab in the NASA STTR and Center Innovation Fund.

    The talks, hosted by Mark Motter at NASA Langley, described two stream of works where neuromorphic technology is applied to solve problems in land/aerial vehicles sensing, navigation, and control.


  • CogEye presentation by Lena Sherbakov

    October 26, 2012 | By Max Versace

    This video is a presentation given by Lena Sherbakov at the Boston University Neuroscience Post-Doc/Student Seminar Sponsored by the Graduate Program for Neuroscience.  Read the rest of this entry »


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