Bio-Inspired Electronics for Robotics and Biosignals

Activity Abstract

The idea behind bio-inspired electronics is to try to understand and reproduce nervous biological systems by means of integrated circuits with a kind of bottom-up approach, starting with simple neurons or low-level sensory systems up to high-level perceptive cognitive systems made up of neuronal ensembles and multisensory integration. Key features are asynchronous data-flow, time-encoded information through digital signals, low power consumption. One of the best suited application domain is (humanoid) robotics, where common “traditional” sensory, information processing and communication, and control parts could be shifted to this new paradigm, where numeric data are progressively replaced by temporal properties of digital events, thereby requiring a significant change in the design and development approaches.

Have a look of the Course Module held by Prof.Demarchi in the IEEE Sensors Council Summer School on “Nano-Bio-Sensing for Distributed Diagnostics” at EPFL, Lausanne, July 2016:

Slides & Videos (@EPFLTV) of the 4 parts of the lecture 

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Activity Keywords

  • Bio-inspired electronics
  • Integrated circuits
  • Asynchronous data-flow