The CapoCaccia Workshops toward Neuromorphic Intelligence

Workshop theme for 2020:

"Solving problems that animals have to solve - rethinking the connected puzzle"


The mission of "The CapoCaccia Workshops for Neuromorphic Intelligence" is to understand the principles of biological intelligence, and apply this knowledge in technologies.

We, as a community composed of neuroscientists, neuromorphic engineers, roboticists, and theoreticians have been trying to understand neural processing and computation from different perspectives. Our aim is to figure out the key elements/pieces which bootstrap the brain to be the unique and impressive computing machine it is, and to enable neuromorphic intelligence.

These pieces (genes, proteins, neurons or synapses), aggregated in the sub-modules (gene regulatory networks, nuclei, layered ensembles) and their interface (message parsing systems, connectivity schemes, mechanism of plasticity) might hint their functional role in the connected puzzle, an ensemble being computationally more powerful than their linear composition.

It is, however, the modularity and composability of the puzzle itself which provides us with a framework to understand neural computation and construct neuromorphic systems reflecting the puzzle.

The modularity forces us to think of modular computation and construct modules, which consist of sub-modules, thus inherently requiring a sense of hierarchy. The composability, on the other hand, highlights the need for the re-usability of said modules to establish a decentralized orchestration of computation across scales of complexity and time.

Last year, we focused on how to connect building blocks, the pieces of the puzzle. This year’s Capocaccia aims to use this knowledge to rethink the puzzle. We intend to solve real-world problems that animals encounter in their daily lives such as defining goals, performing inference in a noisy environment or representing and storing sequences. Our goal is to identify the operational definitions of computation, behavior, and intelligence relevant for solving everyday problems.

The workshop has open and highly interactive discussion sessions in the morning; hands-on projects, tutorials, and hardware and software jamming sessions during the day; and free-form discussions in the evenings. More, is open to everyone, but since resources are limited, we can accept only a limited number of registrations, there will be a limited amount of fellowships. Due to the limited number of hotel rooms PhD students are expected to pair up and share rooms. Participants and invited discussion leaders are expected to use their own funding to pay for the registration fee, the travel and accommodation expenses.

The workshop is open to everyone, but since resources are limited, we can accept only a limited number of registrations, There will be a limited amount of fellowships. Due to the limited number of hotel rooms PhD students are expected to pair up and share rooms. Participants and invited discussion leaders are expected to use their own funding to pay for the registration fee, the travel and accommodation expenses.

Program Committee

​Chiara Bartolozzi (Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, Italy)

​Florian Engert (Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Boston, USA)

​Georg Keller (Friederich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland)

​Germain Haessig (Insitute of Neuroinformatics, ETHZ & UZH, Zurich, Switzerland)

​Melika Payvand (Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETHZ & UZH, Zurich, Switzerland)

​Moritz Milde (International Centre for Neuromorphic Systems, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)

Invited Discussion Leaders

​Vito Dumas (Sailing Academy, Buenos Aires)

Registration

TBA