• Analyzing Neuronal Morphology with Gene Sequencing Approaches

    Analysis of neuronal morphology has until recently been limited to small data sets due to the amount of time necessary to generate a digitized representation of a neuron’s structure.

    Recent efforts to curate data from many different labs working in parallel on vastly differing topics has led to the NeuroMorpho.Org database which currently provides access and metadata for over 10,000 neurons from a variety of species, cell types, brain regions, and experimental conditions.

  • Neuromorphic Engineering Overview

    Neuromorphic engineering, also known as neuromorphic computing, is a concept developed by Carver Mead, in the late 1980s, describing the use of very-large-scale integration (VLSI) systems containing electronic analog circuits to mimic neuro-biological architectures present in the nervous system.

    In recent times the term neuromorphic has been used to describe analog, digital, and mixed-mode analog/digital VLSI and software systems that implement models of neural systems (for perception, motor control, or multisensory integration).

  • IBM’s TrueNorth – The first neuromorphic chip

    IBM has recently released details of a neuromorphic chip named TrueNorth via their website, the press, and a research report in the journal Science. The research team, headed by Dharmendra Modha as part of the DARPA SyNAPSE Program, developed a chip containing a million “programmable spiking neurons” and 256 million synapses. The chips use 5.4 billion transistors on 4096 “neurosynaptic cores” which each has its memory (in the form of connection routing and timing delays) close to its “neuronal” processing units.

  • “On Intelligence” by Jeff Hawkins

    This book is surprisingly good in its ability to reach both the lay reader (for at least the first half) …

  • Big Neuron – Towards Big Data in Neuroscience

    This year Hanchuan Peng (Allen Institute for Brain Science) began the next phase of the effort called Big Neuron. However, rather than a competition, this time the project would be a collaboration.

    The key idea is to create a single platform on which all algorithms can be run, compared, and their results combined to form reconstructions better than any one could achieve alone.

  • Neuronal Morphology Background

    Morphology is the study of the physical shape of things for the purposes of understanding the processes involved in forming …

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