2010/WorkshopSchedule

Telluride Neuromorphic Cognitive Engineering Workshop 2010 Schedule

A workshop with unconventional methods for unconventional aims - why is it so?

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Constantly changing, please check back often. Contact Tobi Delbruck for scheduling changes.

Go to wiki:2010/Lectures for lecture abstracts and slides (login required).

Sun, June 27 Welcome reception, BBQ, orientation, history of workshop

16:00-18:00: - Welcome! Reception at Elementary School (misleadingly labeled "High School") - See Housing Page for a map. History, aims, achievements of the workshop. Tips about town and activities. Requirements for participants. IT setup - Ralph Etienne-Cummings, Timmer Horiuchi, Tobi Delbruck, Pam White, Daniel B. Fasnacht DEBUG: input: "Daniel Fasnacht", best match: "Daniel B. Fasnacht" 1st: 0.91, 2nd: 0.71, div: 1.27
18:00 - 20:00: - BBQ (weather permitting) behind Telluride Lodge - see Housing Page for TL.
20:30 - 21:30 - Topic leaders planning get-together. Topic area leaders and organizers meet to discuss topic areas and project plans. Place TBA.

Mon, June 28 - Topic areas and projects

Morning session Mandatory
Host: Tobi Delbruck

8:30 - 9:00: - Topic leaders meet with organizers in lecture room to arrange presentation of topic areas.
09:00 - 10:00: - Topic area introductions. Each of the 6 topic areas will introduce itself in 10 minutes to present its aims and projects.
10:00 - 10:30: Breakfast break. Bread, fruit, coffee and tea are supplied to participants each working day of the workshop.
10:30 - 10:45: Pam White, Daniel B. Fasnacht - Admin/IT intro. Will explain the workshop housing, admin, and IT setup.
10:45 - 11:30:
11:30 - 12:00: Self-introductions by participants. Each participant will introduce themselves in 1 minute or less. Bring your show-and-tell toys. 12:00 - 12:30: Topic leaders and other group leaders meet in lecture room to schedule afternoon and evening time slots for the workshop.

The first afternoon will be focused on organizing topic areas and projects.

15:00 - 18:00 - Topic area discussions.

Participants will split up into 2 groups to circulate between topic areas to discuss possible projects with the topic leaders. Topic areas will be discussed in the following locations (Lab 1 is closest to the lecture room, Lab 2 is furthest):

15:00 - 16:00 Mandatory

AttentionLecture room
Spike-based computationKitchen

16:00 - 17:00 Mandatory

Spike-based robotic systemsLab 2
Multimodal sensory fusion & self-organizationLecture

17:00 - 18:00 Mandatory

Brain machine interfacingLecture
Educational groups - methods tutorials; Ralph will coordinate an introduction to the methods tutorials and discussion groups. Bring your ideas for new groups. Lab 1&2

18:00 - 19:00 July 4th parade brainstorming outside bathrooms in hallways - wiki:2010/indep10? - Garrick Orchard

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: In the lecture and lab areas. Topic leaders will continue discussing topics and projects with participants, setting them up with tools, and doing their best to get participants who want to start on a project in a state that they can start working.


Week 1: Normal daily program begins

Unconventional Guidelines

Following the lead from the successful  unconventional scheduling of the Capo Caccia workshop, topic areas should arrange their presentations according to the following guidelines - why is it so?

  • Powerpoint is banned from the morning discussions. Afternoon tutorials on fields and methods may use computer presentations. Why is it so?
  • Topic areas should present at least one and at most two tutorials during first week in the afternoon aimed at outsiders to the field. These talks will be mandatory for applicants and marked as such.
  • Morning discussions are aimed at a "problem of the day" which is a compelling open question in a field. The topic areas should organize these discussions around a set of 4 or 5 presenters who will consider different aspects of this problem. Their presentations should include sufficient background that outsiders can appreciate the discussion that ensues. Again, see  the Capo Caccia policy.
  • Afternoon sessions are for working time, topic area meetings, and tutorials.
  • Evenings are generally for working on projects, topic area meetings, and methods tutorials, but directors may arrange seminars on special topics, particularly in the Computational Neuroscience topic area or schedule this time for specific methods tutorials.
  • Each discussion session has hosts, who coordinate the presentations, and a blogger who should take minutes of the discussion, collect suplementary material such as slides and papers, and enter this blog into the topic area wiki.

Tue, June 29 - Problem of the day: Brain-Machine Interfacing

Morning discussion session - topic BMI
Hosts: Topic leaders: 'higgins', 'Justin Sanchez', Invitees: 'Peter Brunner', '[[Person(Anirban "Nir" Duttar' 'Jerry Loeb', Steve Temple, 'Frances Richmond', Blogger: Jorg Conradt

09:00 - 10:00: What are the open problems? Mandatory
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: How can the workshop contribute to their solution? Mandatory

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

14:00 - 14:30: wiki:2010/bmi10 - Tutorial on fundamentals of BMI - 'Jerry Loeb' - Mandatory Tutorial
14:30 - 15:00: wiki:2010/bmi10 - Bringing an implantable to market - 'Frances Richmond'
15:00 - 15:30:
15:30 - 16:00: Spike-Based Computation Field Tutorial - John Harris - Mandatory Tutorial
16:00 - 17:00: wiki:2010/rob10 - Spike-Based Robotics Systems Meeting - get to know the existing hardware - Jorg Conradt
16:00 - 17:00: wiki:2010/att10 - Attention Workgroup Planning - Malcolm Slaney
17:00 - 17:30: wiki:2010/nm10 - Neuromorphic Circuits Tutorial Organizing meeting - 'paul hasler' Shih-Chii Liu Tara Julia Hamilton
17:30 - 18:30: wiki:2010/sf10 - Organizing meeting
18:30 - 19:30: wiki:2010/spike10 - Organizing meeting Shih-Chii Liu John Harris

Evening

19:30 - 21:00 wiki:2010/bmi10 - Organizational meeting, hands on tutorial in lab 2

21:00 - Project work time

Wed, June 30 - Problem of the day: Spike-Based Computation

Morning discussion session - topic Spike-Based Computation
Host: Topic leaders: Shih-Chii Liu, John Harris , Speakers: 'Jon Tapson' Christopher Comer Tobi Delbruck, Shihab Shamma Blogger: 'somebody'

09:00 - 10:00: What are the open problems? Mandatory
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: How can the workshop contribute to their solution? Mandatory

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 13:30: Subversion (SVN) Tutorial - Daniel B. Fasnacht, Tobi Delbruck - MANDATORY
13:30 - 14:00: Hands on setup of SVN / wiki editing / getting everyone setup to work
14:00 - 15:00: Field tutorial Attention and Selection - Ernst Niebur, Malcolm Slaney Mandatory
15:30 - 16:00: wiki:2010/bmi10 - Embodied Cultured Networks - Steve Temple
16:00 - 17:00: wiki:2010/spike10 / wiki:2010/rob10 - Bio-inspired navigation - two chalk talks with video by 'Janet Wiles' and Jorg Conradt
17:00 - 18:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - Spike-Based Computation meeting - Shih-Chii Liu John Harris

Evening

18:00 - 19:00: wiki:2010/sf10 - working group meeting
19:00 - 20:00 wiki:/2010/bmi10 - hands on tutorial in lab 2
20:00 - 22:00: wiki:2010/nm10 - Neuromorphic Circuits Tutorial (lecture)- 'paul hasler' Shih-Chii Liu Tara Julia Hamilton

Thu, July 1 - Problem of the day: Attention and Selection

Morning discussion session - topic Attention & Selection
Host: Topic leaders: Kent Slaney, Ernst Niebur, Invitees: Shihab Shamma 'Jeremy Wolfe' 'Daniel Pressnitzer' Mounya Elhilali Howard Horvitz 'Clara Suied' Blogger: 'somebody'

09:00 - 10:00: Attention Discussion - Saliency Mandatory
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: Attention Discussion - Learning, Memory, Biology Mandatory

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

12:00 - 13:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - Tutorial on Brian neural simulator
13:00 - 14:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meeting
14:00 - 14:30: wiki:2010/bmi10 - A "field guide" to Brain-Machine Interface System Design - 'Justin Sanchez' (lecture)
15:00 - 16:00: Field Tutorial on Multimodal Sensory Fusion and Self-Organization of the Visual System Mandatory Tutorial

15:00 - 15:30: Development in the Nervous System Patrick Sheridan
15:30 - 16:00: Models of Cortical Map Development (further reading) Bert Shi

16:00 - 16:30: wiki:2010/toy10 - Toy Robotics - 'Mark Tilden' (lecture)
16:30 - 17:30: wiki:2010/rob10 - Spike-Based Robotics Systems working group meeting
16:30 - 17:30: wiki:2010/att10 - Attention Workgroup - Howard Egeth Lecture - "Try to ignore this!"

Evening

18:00 - 19:00: Special Event: Mark Tilden public Lecture - Telluride Public Library - "22 million droids and counting".
Library is on river side of Pacific (street to town park); see wiki:2010/Housing#Map.
Poster advertising Mark's talk at library
19:15 - 20:00 wiki:2010/bmi10 - Steve Temple discussion group - "Do engineers need to know more about biology??"
20:00 - 21:00 wiki:2010/sf10 and wiki:2010/cell10 Tutorial on APRON - Software/hardware array processing tool for neural simulation acceleration 'David Barr'
21:30 - Project work time

Fri, July 2 - Problem of the day: Multimodal Sensory Fusion and Self-Organization

Morning discussion session - Multimodal Sensory Fusion & Self Organization - Mandatory
Hosts: Bert Shi & Patrick Sheridan Blogger: 'somebody'

10:30 - 10:50: Michele Rucci "Active Perception"
10:50 - 11:10: Alan Schoen "Probabilistic Sensory Fusion"
11:10 - 11:30: 'Piotr Dudek' "Hardware Acceleration of Neural Models"
11:30 - 11:40: break
11:40 - 12:00: Ryad Benjamin Benosman Neuromorphic Computer Vision
12:00 - 12:20: 'Dan Lee' "Belief State Computation"

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:00 - 14:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meeting
14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/nm10 - tutorial on basic circuits
15:00 - 16:00: wiki:2010/toy10 - 'Mark Tilden' - lecture
16:00 - 16:30: wiki:2010/jaer10 - lecture room - 1st tutorial on using Event-Based Vision and Auditory Sensors and Processing with jAER: writing a basic filter. Tobi Delbruck
17:30 - 18:30: wiki:2010/sf10 - working group meeting

Evening

19:00 - 20:00 wiki/2010/bmi10 - hands on tutorial in lab 2

20:00 - : - Project work time

Sat, July 3 - Problem of the day: (Spike-Based) Robotics

Morning discussion session - topic (Spike-Based) Robotics
Host: Topic leaders: Jorg Conradt, 'Mark Tilden' (Matthew Runchey not arriving until 2nd week), Invitees: Tara Julia Hamilton 'Tobias Glasmachers' Sergio Davies Blogger: 'Chuck Higgins'

10:30 - 11:30: What are the open problems? Mandatory
11:30 - 11:45: breakfast break
11:45 - 12:15: How can the workshop contribute to their solution? Mandatory

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

14:00 - 14:30: wiki:2010/sf10 - Review of "Learn to Point" project from Telluride 2009 Bert Shi
15:00 - 16:00: wiki:2010/rob10 - Spike-Based Robotics Systems lab - Jorg Conradt
16:00 - 17:00: - lecture room - Tutorial on Cellular Array Processors for Vision and Neural Computation Acceleration 'piotr dudek'
17:00 - 18:00: wiki:2010/smd10 - 1st meeting, lab - Daniel B. Fasnacht

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: Christoph Posch - Dissociating visual attention from visual consciousness
21:00 - 23:00: Parade preparation - meet in kitchen, see wiki:2010/indep10?

Sun, July 4 Free day - July 4th Town Parade

9:00-10:00: Meet in schoolhouse to rehearse parade preparation?.
10:00-12:00: March in Parade.
16:00: Massive town BBQ in town park followed by impressive fireworks show after dark.


Week 2

Mon, July 5 - Problem of the day: Abuse Shihab Day

Morning discussion session
Host: Hynek Hermansky

09:00 - 10:00: Biologically-based machine audition - Hynek Hermansky Kent Slaney

Making toys that understand key words (for under 3 bucks) - 'Mark Tilden'

10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: Silicon cochlea design and practice - Tara Julia Hamilton, Shih-Chii Liu

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

13:30 - 14:00: wiki:2010/jaer10 - 2nd Q&A live programming session: outputting events, storing property preferences, graphical annotation, enclosing filter chains. Tobi Delbruck
14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meetings
15:00 - 16:00: wiki:2010/bmi10 - Gert Cauwenberghs
16:00 - 17:00: 'Jeremy Wolfe': Talk: Visual search gets real!

- 17:00: wiki:/2010/att10 - kitchen Kent Slaney, Ernst Niebur
- 18:00: wiki:2010/nm10 - lab session with FPAAs - 'paul hasler'

17:30 - 18:30: wiki:2010/sf10 - working group meeting - Bert Shi Patrick Sheridan

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: wiki:2010/cns10 - Terrence Sejnowski - Mystery subject - (Steve Furber (Yale) "Distance Images: a new role for LFP's" talk is delayed owing to travel.
21:00 - 23:00 wiki:2010/smd10 - 2nd session - lab - practice soldering

Tue, July 6 - Problem of the day: Sensing: via light, radar, and predicted reward

Morning discussion session
Host: Terrence Sejnowski

09:00 - 10:00: wiki:2010/cns10 - 'Yann LeCun' (NYU) "Training Hierarchical Visual Systems" - chalk
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: wiki:2010/cns10 - Simon Kelly (McMaster) "Cognitive Radar" - chalk

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - lecture room - working group mtg, start at 14.30 if football match runs into 14.00
15:00 - 16:00: wiki:2010/rob10 - Spike-Based Robotics Systems lab
15:00 - 16:00: Lecture room - The cognitive power grid 'Dagmar Niebur' Simon Kelly
16:00 - 17:00: wiki:2010/cell10 - lecture room - SCAMP Programming tutorial 'piotr dudek'

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: wiki:2010/cns10 - Barry Richmond (really Barry Richmond) (NIH) "Working for what you want: the roles of prefrontal cortex in learning about predicted value."
21:00 - Project work time
21:00 - ...: wiki:2010/smd10 - Hands On Soldering

Wed, July 7 - Problem of the day: High level representations and evolution

Morning discussion session
Host: 'nobody'

09:00 - 10:00: wiki:2010/cns10 - Christoph Posch (Caltech) "Single neuron control by thought in humans" - preview of accepted Nature paper - chalk with video and data
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: wiki:2010/spike10 - 'Odelia Schwartz'

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

12:30 - 13:30: The big game
14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/att10 - working group meeting Ernst Niebur 'Malcolm'(lecture room)
15:00 - 16:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meeting
16:00 - 17:00: wiki:2010/jaer10 - 3rd tutorial & Q&A session - lecture
17:00 - 17:30:

wiki:2010/sf10 - working group meeting - Bert Shi Patrick Sheridan - in lecture room
and Discussion on the role of 'chatter' in artificial and natural computation - Simon Haykin and Jon Tapson - in kitchen.

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: wiki:2010/cns10 - Steve Furber - "Distance Images: A new role for local field potentials" (John Allman's talk on "The Evolving Brain" is postponed.)
21:00 - Project work time

Thu, July 8 - Problem of the day: Self organization - in machines and science, with rewards

Morning discussion session
Host: 'nobody'

09:00 - 10:00: wiki:2010/cns10 - Gert Cauwenberghs (UCSD) "Humans, machines, spikes, and dopamine in sequential games" - chalk
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: wiki:2010/cns10 - Avis Cohen (UM) "The Power and the the Glory of Highly Interdisciplinary Research" - chalk

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

12:30 - 13;30: wiki:2010/bias10 - 1st meeting - kitchen
14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meeting - lecture
15:00 - 16:00: wiki:2010/usb10 - Organizing meeting (lecture) - Tobi Delbruck Daniel B. Fasnacht
15:00 - 17:00: wiki:2010/cns10 - Reinforcement Learning & Complex Systems Discussion Simon Kelly Terrence Sejnowski Gert Cauwenberghs Steve Furber
(For key illustration see attached file below: DopaminergicInfluenceSystemDiagram?.ppt)

17:00 - 17:30:
17:30 - 19:30: - BBQ (weather permitting) behind Telluride Lodge - see Housing Page for TL.

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: wiki:2010/cns10 - Michael Crosse (UCSF) "Wiring up the brain--how to make the right connections between areas?" - slide
21:00 - Project work time

Fri, July 9 - Problem of the day: Learning and control in machines and humans

Morning discussion session
Host: 'nobody'

09:00 - 10:00: wiki:2010/spike10 Terrence Sejnowski (Javier Movellan had to cancel)
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: OPEN

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/att10 and wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meetings
15:00 - 16:00: wiki:2010/rob10 - Spike-Based Robotics Systems lab
16:00 - 17:00:
17:00 - 18:00:
17:30 - 18:30: wiki:2010/sf10 - working group meeting - Bert Shi Patrick Sheridan

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: OPEN
20:00 - ...: wiki:2010/smd10 - Getting our Boards finished and tested!
21:00 - Project work time

Sat, July 10 - Problem of the day: OPEN for Talks

Morning session - OPEN

09:00 - 10:00: OPEN
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: OPEN

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

16:00 - 17:00: wiki:2010/usb10 2nd meeting - AVR32 Develompent Tools getting started
17:00 - 18:00: wiki:2010/usb10 AVR32 Firmware Hacking...

Evening

20:00 - 21:00:
21:00 - Project work time

Sun, July 11 Free day


Week 3

Mon, July 12 - Problem of the day: Robotics

Morning discussion session - topic (Spike-Based) Robotics
Hosts: Jorg Conradt, Matthew Runchey
Blogger: Tobi Delbruck

09:00 - 09:30: Matthew Runchey Factor maps
09:30 - 10:00: 'David Lester' Distributed processing in the spiNNaker project
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:00: Lana SINAPAYEN Surprising facts of bee navigation

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

12:30 - 13:30 - wiki:2010/bias10 2nd meeting - lecture
14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/att10 and wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meetings
15:00 - 16:00:
16:00 - 17:00:
17:00 - 18:00:
17:30 - 18:30: wiki:2010/sf10 - working group meeting

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: Evening discussion
21:00 - Project work time

Tue, July 13 - Problem of the day: Open

Morning discussion session - topic open
Blogger: {[TODO]]

09:00 - 10:00: wiki:Julien Martel Physiological mechanisms of attention in single neurons
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: wiki:2010/spike10 - 'Aren Jansen' 'fgomez-r'

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

12:30 - 13:30 - wiki:2010/bias10 3rd meeting - lecture
14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meeting
15:00 - 16:00: wiki:2010/rob10 - in lab 2

Also Telluride 2011 planning by organizers and advisory board - in lecture room.

16:00 - 17:00:
17:00 - 18:00:

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: wiki:2010/nm10 Neuromorphic IC design discussion group - meet in lecture room

Wed, July 14 - Problem of the day: Open


Morning discussion session - topic open

09:00 - 10:00: Daniel Bates "Characterizing 'computation' across the visual hierarchy"
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30: 'Trushal Chokshi' Ernst Niebur "The mind of a worm: Past, present, future"

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/att10 and wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meetings
15:00 - 16:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - Short informal introduction to Opal Kelly FPGA boards - 'Vaibhav Garg'
16:00 - 17:00: wiki:2010/usb10 - 3rd meeting - AVR32 Firmware Review
17:00 - 18:00:
17:30 - 18:30: wiki:2010/sf10 - working group meeting

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: Evening discussion
21:00 - Project work time

Thu, July 15 - Problem of the day: Open

Morning discussion session - topic open

09:00 - 10:00:
10:00 - 10:30: breakfast break
10:30 - 11:30:

Afternoon workgroup and tutorial meetings

14:00 - 15:00: wiki:2010/spike10 - working group meeting (lecture room)
15:00 - 16:00:
16:00 - 17:00:
17:00 - 18:00:

Evening

20:00 - 21:00: Evening discussion
21:00 - Project work time

Presentations of results

Fri, July 16 - Final project presentations

08:30 - 9:00 Presenters meet in lecture room to arrange presentations

09:00 - 10:30 Project result presentations

Project results are presented by each topic area, with brief reports from tutorial groups.

10:30 - 13:00 Project write-ups

Final project results are documented in wiki on Results Page.

13:00 - 17:00 Packing and cleaning up. Your help is highly appreciated!!!

Groups should pack their equipment. The schoolhouse needs to be rearranged (children's tables reassembled, furniture put away, carpet vacuumed, etc.)

19:00 - 21:00 Final dinner and skits?.

Place TBA.

Sat, July 17 - Packing & Cleaning

Packing up. Help clean the schoolhouse.

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