The Neuromorphics Lab is somehow an atypical lab (you may have figure it out): along with more traditional channels
of dissemination of our research, we pursue less traditional channels, consisting of magazines, documentaries, and other media
. This second channel sometimes pays off greatly, for instance exciting young potential scientists and engineers to join a new and exciting field of theoretical and applied research. This is the case of Emily.
Emily Hernandez, who contacted me in October 2011 after reading the IEEE Spectrum article
on MoNETA, is a bright high school student who decided to write a paper on the lab flagship neural model.
Emily wrote me this email, which I reproduce here with her permission:
I was recently notified that my paper "Is it possible to create a computer that mimics human intelligence by replicating the way the human brain processes information?" was chosen out of nearly 1,000 entries to receive a National Society of High School Scholars Academic Paper Award. [....] MoNETA and the Neuromorphics Lab represent significant progress towards one of the grand challenges in engineering, and I'm happy that I was able to use your work in my paper.
Emily, congratulations and we are happy for your accomplishments! We hope that one day you will build the latest and greatest neural model!