New NBS members

We welcome Marius Schirmer, Tim Walther and Fernando Perez Peña as new NBS members. They have joined our research group on the 1st of March 2014.

Marius Schirmer is a PhD student working on the development of neuromorphic devices applied to personalized medicine. This is a collaboration with the Bio/Interfaces group (Integrated System Laboratory, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland) led by Sandro Carrara. The long term goal of this collaboration is the development of portable sensors for monitoring drug concentration in blood samples with applications in cancer treatment and personalized medicine.

Tim Walther is another PhD student, working on a neuromorphic pre-touch sensing system suitable for robotic applications. This is done in collaboration with Junior Professor Jacob Engelmann (Active Sensing group) from the biology department and Professor Joshua R. Smith (Sensor Systems group, Computer Science & Engineering faculty, University of Washington, USA) who provides the sensors for this interdisciplinary project. Based on a neuronal network model of the weakly electric fish brain structures utilized for pre-integration of sensory information, the long term goal of this project is the development of bio-inspired VLSI hardware with applications in robotics and motion control.

Fernando Perez Peña has joined our research group as a visiting scientist. He received his Engineering degree in Telecommunications from the University of Seville, Spain, in 2009. In 2010 he was granted a fellowship from the University of Cadiz to obtain a PhD degree. Currently, he is working towards the PhD degree in the field of Neuromorphic Engineering.
During his 3-months stay at CITEC he will port his FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) motor control algorithm (Perez-Peña, F., Linares-Barranco, A. et al. “Neuro-Inspired Spike-Based Motion: From Dynamic Vision Sensor to Robot Motor Open-Loop Control through Spike-VITE”. Sensors, 13 (11), pp. 15805-15832, 2013) to a spiking neural network model suitable for the fully parallel and low-power neuromorphic very-large-scale integration (VLSI) systems available in the NBS group. Specifically, he is going to focus on trajectory generation to reach a target and forces generation to hold that commanded position.