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ICT 2010

BION: Synthetic Pathways to Bio-inspired Information Processing

This is a technology or research stand, located in Zone R1 - Smart Systems. Stand number: R1-17

The BION project – synthetic pathways to bio-inspired information processing –is building the foundations of an artificial brain.

BION used actual neurological data as a guide to make complex, self-assembled networks with adaptive properties. The main network node is an electrochemically controlled heterojunction that functions as a memristor (memory resistor). It memorises and processes information, mimicking biological neural systems. Using the memristors, the BION team has made a functional material structure which mimics the associative learning of feeding behaviour in the pond snail. The realisation of adaptive networks, using these new composite materials, is under investigation. BION is also using neuroscience-inspired simulations to predict the adaptive behaviour of these networks. This exhibit will present both experimental data and visual representations of BION’s simulation results.

Technical description

Coordinator: Marco FONTANA (University of Parma, Physics, Italy)

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