Build your own neural processor with two international acclaimed special guests!
Workshop by Usman Haque and Robert Davis
FridayMay 11, 2007
10.00 – 17.00 h
euro 10,- (incl material costs + lunch)
Nederland Instituut voor Mediakunst/Montevideo
Keizersgracht 264, Amsterdam
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Usman Haque and Robert Davis are artists in residence at the Netherlands Media Art Institute from April -June 2007. Haque is an architect who specializes in reactive environments, interactive installations, digital interfaces and performances. Robert Davis is Systems Developer in the Psychology Department, Goldsmiths College. Their knowledge is expressed in both designing physical spaces and making software and systems that bring these spaces to life.
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Introduction to building neural nets with analog electronics
The purpose of the workshop will be to introduce participants to the
concepts of neural networks and how to build them using simple analog
electronics. Participants will be able to understand how
they might be applied in their own projects.
In the process, participants will be introduced to various types of
learning, types of neural networks and types of neurons (e.g. those
that are biologically plausible simulations and those that are not;
the differences between summation and integrate-and-fire models).
Participants will be provided with modular boards and analog
components and will build, neuron by neuron, their own simple neural
processor. At each stage they will be encouraged to understand exactly
what is happening in their circuit and how this relates (or doesn’t)
to biological models.
Finally, towards the end of the day, all the neural processors will be
connected, in order to create a much larger single neural net. At this
point a variety of sensors (e.g. thermistors, light dependent
resistors, buttons) and actuators (LEDs, motors, buzzers) will be
swapped around in order to speculate about how such a system might be
useful in participants’ own projects.
Participants should have some experience with electronics; if they
know what a resistor and op-amp are, know how to use a voltmeter, and
have soldered before then they will be OK. Those who don’t have
experience are welcome to join but will be paired with someone more
Participants should bring their own:
– soldering iron & solder
– any sensors/actuators they would like to use for their neural net
(some will be provided, so this is not compulsory)