KIP publications

year 2013
author(s) Thomas Pfeil, Anne-Christine Scherzer, Johannes Schemmel and Karlheinz Meier
title Neuromorphic Learning towards Nano Second Precision
KIP-Nummer HD-KIP 13-60
KIP-Gruppe(n) F9
document type Paper
source Proceedings of International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Dallas, Texas, USA, August 4-9, 2013, IEEE Press (2013), pp. 1-5
Abstract (en)

Temporal coding is one approach to representing information in spiking neural networks. An example of its application is the location of sounds by barn owls that requires especially precise temporal coding. Dependent upon the azimuthal angle, the arrival times of sound signals are shifted between both ears. In order to determine these interaural time differences, the phase difference of the signals is measured. We implemented this biologically inspired network on a neuromorphic hardware system and demonstrate spike-timing dependent plasticity on an analog, highly accelerated hardware substrate. Our neuromorphic implementation enables the resolution of time differences of less than 50 ns. On-chip Hebbian learning mechanisms select inputs from a pool of neurons which code for the same sound frequency. Hence, noise caused by different synaptic delays across these inputs is reduced. Furthermore, learning compensates for variations on neuronal and synaptic parameters caused by device mismatch intrinsic to the neuromorphic substrate.

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