The neuromorphic engineering community, composed of neurbiologists, neuroscientists, computer scientists, electronic engineers, roboticists and theoreticians have been trying to understand neural processing and computation from different perspectives. During the course of our research we try to solve the complex puzzle of the brain by identifying the relevant functions and features of each piece of the puzzle, and by building artificial neural processing systems that can use such features to express neuromorphic intelligence. The boundaries of the computational puzzle pieces, however, remain blurry and the puzzle itself is incomplete.
Instead of highlighting connectivity of the pieces of the puzzle and representational properties the puzzle pieces, as we did last year, the aim of CapoCaccia 2020 is to focus on how the connected puzzle is utilized to solve real-world problems, 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, behaviour and intelligence relevant for solving everyday problems.
To make progress in this challenge we bring together experts from the different disciplines and organize open and frank brainstorming sessions in the mornings and hands-on hacking and experiment sessions in the afternoons. In the evenings and nights we break off to smaller focused free-form discussions or carry on until late night with the hands-on experiments and work-groups.
The workshop is open to everybody, but since resources are limited, we will accept only a limited number of registrations. While there will be an opportunity for limited amount of student fellowships. Due to the shortage of 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 14th edition of the CapoCaccia workshop will take place from Monday, 26.04.2020 (9 am) till 09.05.2020 (12 pm). There will be a celebration on Saturday evening, so plan your departure for Sunday, 10.05.2020.
In this workshop we will host a highly interactive and open discussion forum in which power-point presentations and beamer-slides are banned. Open discussion and brain-storming sessions will be interleaved with hands-on projects and work-groups. We encourage all participants to bring to the workshop their SW/HW tools in order to propose hands-on projects.
As of previous years we were extremely lucky to gather world-leading experts to provide us with insights of their daily challenges and stimulate discussions on topics ranging from clustering, navigation to inference in noisy environments, distributed decision making and control. Invited discussion leaders are expected to use their own funding resources to cover for the registration fee, the travel and accomodation expenses.
Here is topic and discussion leader teaser for you. For more details see the schedule:
These and many more topics and discussion leaders are waiting for you at CapoCaccia.
|Simon Thorpe||29.04 - 03.05.|
|Matthew Cook||27.04. - 10.05.|
|Thomas Mrisc-Flogel||04.05. - 08.05.|
|Jon Tapson||27.04. - 10.05.|
|Sonja Hofer||04.05. - 08.05.|
|Gregory Cohen||27.04. - 10.05.|
|and many more|
The CapoCaccia Workshop schedule is typically organized around a "problem of the day" where one or moresession chairs organizes and moderates a discussion session around a theme central to the topic of this workshop.
These sessions are not 45min one-way presentations. Slides and power-point presentations are banned. Rather these sessions are frank and open discussions that sould involve all the participants, as much as possible.
We will provide flip-charts and a digitizing tablet to draw on (and eventually project pictures and data if absolutely necessary). The schedule will evolve and change very dynamically, on a daily or even hourly basis.
We will update the schedule frequently (e.g. on an hourly basis) and populate it with events, as participants volunteer to discuss about the topics listed. Please remember that this is not a talk-shop where people simply present their latest results with power-point slides.