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Neuromorphic Scientists and Others Create Academic Atmosphere in Town By Marian Smith

Reprinted With Permission From Telluride Watch, July 18, 2003

"Now when I ran this office it was neat as a pin," laughed Nana Naisbitt as she unlocked the door to the back of the Telluride Elementary School, where 60 neuromorphic engineers had set up their workshop for the summer. Computers, wires, and robots littered the halls and classrooms and scientists bent over their projects. The scientists, who herald from the four corners of the world, have been coming to Telluride through the Telluride Science Research Center for about nine years.

While the neuromorphic engineers' workshop runs for about three weeks, other groups of scientists generally meet for one or two weeks over the course of the ten-week center, according to Naisbitt, TSRC Coordinator and Executive Director of the Pinhead Institute. "The neuromorphic engineers are unique," she said, "because they actually build things where as the others mostly just have PowerPoint presentations and a Q and A discussion after it."

Matt Cheely, one of the neuromorphic engineers from the University of Maryland, agreed wholeheartedly and explained the basis of neuromorphic engineering. "Some people want to learn about engineering through biology, and some people want to learn about biology through engineering. It's the practical and the scientific approaches," he said. "We make these guys so that we can study processes that we take for granted, like our motor skills and senses."
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