Siliconrepublic, the Irish technological news site founded in 2002, has featured an article on the ISRC's Bio-Inspired and Neuro-Engineering Team. Technology has changed dramatically since 2002, and the ISRC has always kept pace with the new trends. It is for this reason that we, at the ISRC, are always pleased to see that our constant work to be one of Ireland's references for innovation is recognised.
Some excerpts of the article, which features a joint research between staff from the Intelligent Systems Research Centre and the National University of Ireland Galway can be seen below:
'Engineers at NUI Galway and the University of Ulster are developing bio-inspired integrated circuit technology which mimics the neuron structure and operation of the brain and will help robots to think for themselves in search-and-rescue operations and space exploration.
One key goal of the research is the application of the electronic neural device, called a hardware spiking neural network, to the control of autonomous robots which can operate independently in remote, unsupervised environments.
Dr Jim Harkin, from the School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, University of Ulster (Magee Campus), added that the constant miniaturisation of silicon technology to increase performance introduces inherent reliability issues which must be overcome.
“Ultimately, the hardware neural network or robot ‘brain’ will be able to detect and overcome electronic faults that occur within itself, and continue to function effectively without human intervention.”'
The full article can be read here.