Electrical & Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Workshop ID:JHU-ECE-TELLURIDE [#10753]
Workshop Title: 2018 Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Workshop
Workshop Type:Other
Location:Telluride, Colorado 81435, United States [map]
Subject Area: Electrical Engineering
Appl Deadline:2018/04/02* finished (2018/01/17, finished 2018/09/05)

*** this workshop has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***


Important Note: This is not a job application but a mechanism to receive applications for the Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Workshop


July 1st - July 21, 2018, Telluride, Colorado

Past workshop wiki is at http://www.neuromorphs.net/nm/wiki/PastWorkshops

IMPORTANT DATES FOR APPLICATION (Instructions are at the bottom of the page)

Application Website Open - February 2, 2018

Applications Due - April 2, 2018

Notification of Acceptance - April 15, 2018


Neuromorphic engineers design and fabricate artificial neural systems whose organizing principles are based on those of biological nervous systems. Over the past 24 years, this research community focused on the understanding of low-level sensory processing and systems infrastructure; efforts are now expanding to apply this knowledge and infrastructure to addressing higher-level problems in perception, cognition, and learning. In this 3-week intensive workshop and through the Institute for Neuromorphic Engineering (INE), the mission is to promote interaction between senior and junior researchers; to educate new members of the community; to introduce new enabling fields and applications to the community; to promote on-going collaborative activities emerging from the Workshop, and to promote a self-sustaining research field. The 2018 workshop will be focused on the theme of Embodied Perception and Cognition.


The three week summer workshop will include background lectures on systems and cognitive neuroscience (in particular sensory processing, learning and memory, motor systems and attention), practical tutorials on emerging hardware design, mobile robots, hands-on projects, and special interest groups. Participants are required to take part and possibly complete at least one of the projects proposed. They are furthermore encouraged to become involved in as many of the other activities proposed as interest and time allow. There will be two lectures in the morning that cover issues that are important to the community in general. Because of the diverse range of backgrounds among the participants, some of these lectures will be tutorials, rather than detailed reports of current research. These lectures will be given by invited speakers. Projects and interest groups meet in the late afternoons, and after dinner. Following the theme of the 2018 workshop, the projects this year will focus on developments in robotics, learning, control, sensors, language and reasoning, and computational/experimental aspects of systems that can accomplish goals with limited human intervention.


The four topic area proposals for this year's workshop are:

1. Prediction and surprise in natural sound processing: comparing DNNs to the human brain. Organizers: Antje Ihlefeld (NJIT), Alain de Cheveigne (CNRS/ENS/UCL), Ed Lalor (Rochester)

2. Cognitive agents learn in the wild. Organizers: Guido Zarrella (Mitre), Emre Neftci (University of California, Irvine)

3. Fundamentals of event sensor signal processing. Organizers: Tobi Delbruck (University of Zurich and ETH Zurich), Greg Cohen (University of Western Sydney)

4. Building applications with Braindrop - a novel neuromorphic chip for embodied perception and action. Organizers: Kwabena Boahen (Stanford University), Chris Eliasmith (University of Waterloo)

Additionally, there will be a discussion group that will review key aspects of neurophysiological approaches to identifying systems-level processes involved in social and emotional behaviour organized by Katalin Gothard (University of Arizona). More details on the topic areas can be found at https://sites.google.com/view/telluride2018


The summer school will take place in the small town of Telluride, 9000 feet high in southwest Colorado, about 6 hours drive away from Denver (350 miles). There are several small airports (e.g. Montrose) close to Telluride. All facilities within the beautifully renovated public school building are fully accessible to participants with disabilities. Participants will be housed in ski condominiums, within walking distance of the school. Participants are expected to share condominiums.

The workshop is intended to be very informal and hands-on. Participants are not required to have had previous experience in analog VLSI circuit design, computational or machine vision, systems level neurophysiology or modeling the brain at the systems level. However, we strongly encourage active researchers with relevant backgrounds from academia, industry and national laboratories to apply, in particular if they are prepared to work on specific projects, talk about their own work or bring demonstrations to Telluride (e.g. robots, chips, software). Wireless internet access will be provided. Technical staff present throughout the workshops will assist with software and hardware issues. We encourage participants to bring along their personal laptop.

No cars are required. Given the small size of the town, we recommend that you do not rent a car. Bring hiking boots, warm clothes, rain gear, and a backpack, since Telluride is surrounded by beautiful mountains.

Unless otherwise arranged with one of the organizers, we expect participants to stay for the entire duration of this three week workshop.


Notification of acceptances will be mailed out around the April 15th, 2018. The Workshop covers all your accommodations and facilities costs for the 3 weeks duration. You are responsible for your own travel to the workshop.

Registration Fees: For expenses not covered by federal funds, a Workshop registration fee is required. The fee is 1500 USD per participant for the 3-week Workshop. This is expected from all participants at the time of acceptance.

Accommodations: The cost of a shared condominium, typically a bedroom in a shared condo for senior participants or a shared room for students, will be covered for all academic participants. Upgrades to a private rooms or condos will cost extra. Participants from National Laboratories and Industry are expected to pay for these condominiums.

The 2018 Workshop on Neuromorphic Engineering is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Neuromorphic Engineering, The EU-Collaborative Convergent Science Network (CNS-II), University of Maryland - College Park, Institute for Neuroinformatics – University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Boston University, University of Western Sydney and the Salk Institute.

Workshop Organizing Team:

Shih-Chi Liu (University of Zurich and ETH Zurich)

Ralph Etienne-Cummings (Johns Hopkins University)

Cornelia Fermuller (University of Maryland)

Francisco Barranco (University of Granada)

Guido Zarrella (MITRE)

Emre Neftci (University of Irvine)

Scott Koziol (Baylor University)

Katalin Gothard (University of Arizona)

Terry Stewart (University of Waterloo)

Elisabetta Chicca (Bielefeld University)

Ryad Benosman (UPMC Paris)

Tobi Delbruck (University of Zurich and ETH Zurich)

Workshop Advisory Board:

Andreas Andreou (Johns Hopkins University)

Andre van Schaik (University Western Sydney, Australia)

Avis Cohen (University of Maryland)

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham (Boston University)

Giacomo Indiveri (Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich)

Jonathan Tapson (University Western Sydney, Australia)

Malcolm Slaney (Google)

Jennifer Hasler (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Rodney Douglas (Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich)

Ryad Benosman (Institut de la Vision, France)

Shihab Shamma (University of Maryland)

Tobi Delbruck (Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich)


Applicants should be at the level of graduate students or above (i.e. postdoctoral fellows, faculty, research and engineering staff and the equivalent positions in industry and national laboratories). We actively encourage women and minority candidates to apply.

Anyone interested in proposing or discussing specific projects should contact the appropriate topic leaders directly.

The application website is:


Important Note: This is not a job application but a mechanism to receive applications for the Telluride Neuromorphic Cognition Workshop

Application information needed:

Contact email address.

First name, Last name, Affiliation, valid e-mail address.

Curriculum Vitae (a short version, please).

Maximum one page summary of background and interests relevant to the workshop, including possible ideas for workshop projects. Please indicate which topic areas you would most likely join.

Two letters of recommendation (uploaded directly by references).

Applicants will be notified by e-mail.

February 2, 2018 - Applications Accepted on Website

April 2, 2018 - Applications Due

April 15, 2017 - Notification of Acceptance

Direct all questions to : Ms. Pamela White at tellurideworkshop@gmail.com

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
Barton Hall #105
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

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