[Comp-neuro] Several positions available at the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics, University of Heidelberg

Mihai A. Petrovici mpedro at kip.uni-heidelberg.de
Wed Aug 17 20:42:13 CEST 2011

The Kirchhoff Institute for Physics in Heidelberg (Germany) has an open 
PhD position and several Diploma/Master student positions in the 
EU-funded BrainScaleS project. BrainScaleS is an international 
consortium working on the understanding of the computational principles 
of information processing in the brain and their transfer to novel 
computing architectures. The Heidelberg group builds a large scale 
neuromorphic system based on VLSI microelectronics implemented on 
silicon wafers.

Short thesis description:

Starting with an existing software model of a neuromorphic wafer-scale 
system, new components have to be implemented and verified in terms of 
feasibility and usefulness for the real system. The successful candidate 
will gain insight into neuromorphic hardware modeling at different 
scales, from a system level down to individual circuits. The project 
also involves working with state-of-the-art neural network models of 
project partners in the BrainScaleS project, being an essential 
intermediary for porting these models onto a large-scale neuromorphic 

To make this possible, the student will take an active part in 
developing novel hardware and software concepts and giving indispensable 
feedback to both hardware designers, regarding the operation workflow 
needed for the system, and neural network modelers, who need to exploit 
the features of accelerated large scale neuromorphic hardware systems. 
For a more detailed description, please see:


If you are interested, please send your CV, the name and contact details 
of one reference, a description of your personal qualifications and 
research interests to:

Prof. Dr. Karlheinz Meier
e-mail: <mailto:paolo.massobrio at unige.it>meierk at kip.uni-heidelberg.de 
<mailto:meierk at kip.uni-heidelberg.de>
Tel: +49-6221-549830

Dr. Johannes Schemmel
e-mail: <mailto:sergio.martinoia at unige.it>schemmel at kip.uni-heidelberg.de 
<mailto:schemmel at kip.uni-heidelberg.de>
Tel: +49-6221-549849

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