• Three lab members awarded a patent for GPU computing

    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. 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 »

  • Open position: Postdoctoral Associate in Computational Neuroscience

    November 26, 2013 | By Max Versace

    Job position: Postdoctoral Associate in Computational Neuroscience

    Boston University Neuromorphics Laboratory

    Be at the forefront of designing the next generation neural models to power mobile robots. The Boston University Neuromorphics Lab (, working with NASA and industrial partners, is researching cutting-edge neuromorphic models and will help translate this technology into real products for consumers and businesses. Read the rest of this entry »

  • Active vision controlling foveation in a pan-tilt camera on a mobile robot

    October 7, 2013 | By Max Versace

    The CELEST and CompNet Neuromorphics Lab and Neurala was awarded a Phase II NASA Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Award to build “Adaptive bio-inspired navigation for planetary exploration” . As part of this effort,the team is building neural software for planetary exploration robots such as Curiosity to autonomously explore novel environments, memorize locations of obstacles or objects, learn about objects, build and update an environment map, and return to a safe location. The following video shows a neural model controlling an active visual system in a simulated Mars rover and a corresponding robotic platform. Read the rest of this entry »

  • The Neuromorphics Lab featured on a Boston University nationwide media campaign

    September 18, 2013 | By Max Versace

    The Neuromprhics Lab will be featured in a nationwide Boston University advertising campaign, which features the exciting research of some of BU's most talented faculty.

    Boston University has launched this effort three years ago to raise the research profile of the University among researchers and other influential academic opinion-makers. 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 »

  • A Co-Robotic Assistant capable of Object Selection and Search via a Brain Machine Interface

    August 2, 2013 | By Max Versace

    Varsha Shankar will be presenting at the IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, San Diego, CA 6-8 November 2013. The conference paper features the work done in collaboration between the CELEST Neuromorphics Lab and the Speech Lab.  Read the rest of this entry »

  • The Neuromorphics Lab featured in the Summer 2013 edition of Bostonia

    July 10, 2013 | By Max Versace

    The Neuromorphics Lab featured in the Summer 2013 edition of Bostonia.

    "In The Jetsons, the helper robot of the future handles all manner of chores. Rosie can do the laundry, pick up the groceries, and keep Elroy out of trouble." Read more


The Neuromorphics Lab is highly collaborative with connections across both academia and industry.