Activities in the NL are partially funded by the NSF-funded center CELEST, NASA, Hewlett-Packard, and Neurala. The CELEST Catalyst has been instrumental in coordinating the successful industrial outreach effort.
The Center of Excellence for Learning in Education, Science, and Technology (CELEST) is an NSF-funded Science of Learning Center (SLC) that synthesizes experimental, modeling, and technological approaches to research in order to understand how the brain learns as a whole system.
NASA Langley Center Innovation Fund (CIF) 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.
Hewlett-Packard is a long-term partner of the lab. The collaboration is focused in the development of the Cog Ex Machina for large-scale cognitive computing. One primary use of Cog is to prototype and run multi-component neural systems, such as MoNETA, taking full advantage of commodity GPU hardware.
Neurala and the Neuromorphics Lab are working together in 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 Neuromorphics Lab will work on neuromorphic algorithms for figure-ground segregation using optic flow sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.