Scientists rest drone with neuromorphic chip out




US scientists have a drone with a so-called neuromorphic processor. The chip data received from various sensors that were mounted on the drone, an impression of spaces where the drone flew gain.

The 100 gram drone was equipped with a prototype chip with 576 silicon “neurons”. The processor was connected to the optical, ultrasonic and infrared sensors of the drone, then scientists ran the plane by three different rooms. It was a neuromorphic processor, a chip whose action is modeled on the functioning of the brains.

Any time the drone as a new room entered, resulted in a unique pattern of electrical activity in the neurons of the chip, on the basis of the incoming sensor data on walls, furniture and other objects. Could chip because it had not previously made such activity in the processor, deduce that it was in a new environment. Could the processor based on the pattern formed further recognize that it flew in a room where it had been before.

Practical applications for the experiment are not there yet, but the researchers involves an empirical test of ideas about how neuromorphic processors. “It shows that it is possible to literally learn on the fly while we were very limited in terms of weight, size and usage,” said Narayan Srinivasa of HRL’s Center for Neural & Emergent Systems at MIT’s Technology Review. The chip of HRL weighed 18 grams and spent 50mW.

The experiment was part of a research project on the potential of neuromorphic processors from Darpa, the research department of the US defense. Srinivasa is expected that this type of chips make intelligent applications possible in combination with the sensors in automobiles, aircraft, and other systems.

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