Massimiliano Versace

Massimiliano Versace is the director of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab. The lab focuses on the study of biological intelligence with the goal of embedding the derived fundamental principles in bio-inspired computers and robots. His research interests are focused on neural networks – in particular applied to spiking-based neural models of learning and memory in the cerebral cortex. With a few colleagues, he founded Neurala LLC in 2006 to commercialize brain-based software. For more info, visit his website
  • Afraid about AI? No

    November 24, 2015

    A few years ago, Heather’s, Anatoli, and myself started Neurala with one goal: bring the results and insights of our Ph.D. work on brain-inspired computing into everyday technology. We wanted this technology to change the way society uses and benefits from machines: rather than each device needing 1 human brain to work, we wanted it [...]

  • How Deep in the past go Deep Networks?

    November 17, 2015

    One of the pillars of the recent success (almost viral) of Deep Networks, a subspecies of the bigger class called Neural Networks, is that their execution and training methods are highly conducive to parallelism. The term GPGPU is often use to refer to the backbone of the revolution: General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units. GPUs, [...]

  • What is a robot?

    November 9, 2015

    What is REALLY a robot? On the surface, we could quickly define a robot as something matching what movies have taught us: a humanoid-looking thing (or barrel-looking thing with wheels), preferably with two eyes, or only one but very big, scary, and red, emitting human-like sounds. Something that could pass the Turing test, or get [...]

  • Superhuman

    November 2, 2015

    What if having human, or even superhuman Artificial Intelligence (let’s call it SuperAI) would turn out NOT to be the worst nightmare of humankind? What, after dogs, SuperAI is the biggest friend of Homo Sapiens? We have all seen movies in which AI turns against humans, with robots ranging from the ‘ethereal’ (was it on [...]

  • Learning to Navigate in a Virtual World using Optic Flow and Stereo Disparity Signals

    August 24, 2014

    The Neuromorphics Lab is has just published a new article that explains how optic flow and learning can be used to improve navigation in a mobile robot. This is the abstract of the article just appeared in Artificial Life and Robotics: “Navigating in a complex world is challenging in that the rich, real environment provides [...]

  • TEDx Fulbright: Max Versace of Neurala Talks About The Future of Robotics

    April 6, 2014

    If an alien watched all the videos on YouTube, he would think that the world was full of robots. But, it’s not. Why not? What will it take to get robots out of YouTube and into the real world?

  • Brain computing on GPUs

    February 15, 2014

    It is no mystery to Neurdons that I have been intrigued in the use of GPU for neural computing. The term GPGPU stands for General-Purpose computation on Graphics Processing Units. GPUs, chips whose main technological push comes from huge revenues from the gaming and mobile market, are in reality high-performance many-core processors that can be [...]

  • The Motley Fool on Robotics: Here Are 4 Key Things You Should Know

    January 17, 2014

    The Motley fool weighs in on the Robotics Stocks investments for 2014, providing insights on the main things (they claim, 4!) you should keep in mind. While the scene is still dominated by industrial robots, and by iRobot in task-specific cleaning bots (vacuum robots, among other things), the recent acquisition of several robotic companies by [...]

  • The Future of Robotics Summit – Feeding the Body, Brain and Mind

    December 16, 2013

    What will it take to get robots out of YouTube and into our day to day lives? Max Versace, Director of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab, talks about the state of the art in robotic bodies, brains and minds.  He says that in just a few years, it will be robotic intelligence that will make [...]

  • Qualcomm Neural Processing Unit, Zeroth

    October 24, 2013

    One talk stood out this year from MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference on October 8th. This was Matt Grob, Qualcom CTO. Matt announced the company’s development of a new class of standardized, biologically inspired “neuromorphic” hardware, the Zeroth processors.