Inspired by the locust nervous system, Élisa Vianello’s research wins ERC grant

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Published : 3 April 2022

Élisa Vianello, who heads CEA-Leti’s embedded AI program, won a €2.8 million ERC Consolidator Grant. Disbursed over five years, the grant will fund research on computing architectures inspired by the locust’s nervous and sensory systems.
The locust escapes from its predators by processing information about imminent danger “locally” in its legs. No time is wasted sending information to the brain, which explains the insect’s extremely rapid flight response.
This kind of local processing should enable the development of powerful, energy-efficient nanosystems. Currently, there is no “perfect” memory. One of the objectives of the research is to build a hybrid synapse leveraging different memory technologies.
The results of this research will be of interest for self-driving vehicle, drone, and robot systems.


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