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Neuromorphic Object Localization Based on Owls’ Auditory Ability

The animal kingdom is full of mysterious sensory powers. The echolocation for example is a mechanism that bats, dolphins and certain other animals use to triangulate the position of an object with biological sonar. Barn owls have something similar. Being reliant on non-visual senses while hunting in the dark, they use sound localization to locate their preys from sound cues.

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Drawing from this characteristic of barn owls, CEA-Leti, Grenoble and several European universities have collaboratively developed an object localization system that has similar sensory processing capabilities.

Jim Handy, a well-known semiconductor analyst and a Field Day delegate recently published an article on The Memory Guy that shines light on this neural processing system. In the article titled “ReRAMs find a Neuromorphic Role in Owl-Inspired Object Location”, author and contributor, Ron Neale follows the journey of building this object location system as he pulls apart the computing technology behind it. He writes,

In a paper recently published in Nature , inspired by the auditory system of the barn owl, a team from: CEA-Leti, Grenoble, and Universities in France, Italy, and Switzerland have used HfO-based ReRAMs to build a position location system.

For a deep dive into this neuromorphic object location technology, read his blog – “ReRAMs find a Neuromorphic Role in Owl-Inspired Object Location”. To stay up-to-date with all things technology, sign up for our weekly newsletter for free. 

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Sulagna Saha

Sulagna Saha is a writer at Gestalt IT where she covers all the latest in enterprise IT. She has written widely on miscellaneous topics. On she writes about the hottest technologies in Cloud, AI, Security and sundry.

A writer by day and reader by night, Sulagna can be found busy with a book or browsing through a bookstore in her free time. She also likes cooking fancy things on leisurely weekends. Traveling and movies are other things high on her list of passions. Sulagna works out of the Gestalt IT office in Hudson, Ohio.