The CapoCaccia Workshops toward Neuromorphic Intelligence

Overview

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.

Workshop details

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.

The workshop is organized by the Institute of Neuroinformatics (University of Zurich and ETH Zurich), and by iniForum. Participants and invited discussion leaders are expected to pay for their travel, accomodation expensen and workshop registration fee using their own funding resources. iniForum can not wave the registration fee of any particpant or invited disucssion leader.The workshop will be held at the Hotel dei Pini, in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy. Note that room reservations for workshop participants should only be made via the workshop registration page in order to use the "full-board" option (room + breakfast + lunch + dinner) with discounted prices. Alghero airport is well connected and is host of several low-cost carriers. So if you book early in advance flights to Alghero are also very cheap.

Invited discussion leaders

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:

  1. Building blocks of neural computation: Rodney Douglas & Matthew Cook  (beginning. 1st week)
  2. Foundations of plasticity and learning: Robert Legenstein & Abu Sebastian (end of 1st week)
  3. Temporal sequences in cortical networks: Thomas Mrisc-Flogel & David Kappel (beginning of 2nd week)
  4. Neuronal control and error-prediction: Micheal Berry & Daniele Pucci (end of 2nd week)

These and many more topics and discussion leaders are waiting for you at CapoCaccia. 

Invited discussion leaders
Name Date
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  

Workshop Schedule

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.

A typical day

The daily breaks and social events include:

Links

Schedule

Work & Discussion groups