Oscillatory Neuromorphic Computing for Robotics

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0079
Agency Tracking Number: 05SB2-0149
Amount: $89,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: SB052-010
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
20 New England Business Center, Andover, MA, 01810
DUNS: 073800062
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Rietman
 Principal Research Scientist
 (978) 689-0003
Business Contact
 B. Green
Title: President, PSI R&D Operations
Phone: (978) 689-0003
Email: green@psicorp.com
Research Institution
Physical Sciences Inc. proposes to develop an oscillator-based neurocomputer for associative memory and sensor fusion. The oscillatory-neurocomputer exploits the properties of nonlinear oscillators to form Central Pattern Generators (CPGs). CPGs are common elements throughout the entire nervous system. Investigators have already started to use silicon central pattern generators for small-scale sensor fusion and direct control of robots. No one has yet examined the use of CPGs as computational elements to build scalable neuromorphic systems. In contrast to competing approaches which typically require n-squared programmable connections and therefore do not scale well to large real-world problems, these systems require only order n connections and the sensing elements feed directly into the network to change the connection. Dynamic changes in the sensors or actuators (e.g. motor drive current) automatically change the dynamics of the network. Our Phase I research will focus on mapping the detailed dynamics of small-scale hardware networks of CPGs with the objective of using them as components for building larger neuromorphic systems for controlling real-world processes. In Phase II we propose to integrate our neuromorphic computational engine with a mobile robot.

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