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Seminar "Reservoir computing: demos & applications"

15th October, 2013 (Besançon, France)

Seminar "Experimental reservoir computing: from concepts, to first demonstrations, towards market applications"

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The Laboratory of excellence ACTION and its partners (FEMTO-ST, the Universities of the Balearic Islands, Brussels and Ghent) organize a seminar for non-experts entitled "Experimental reservoir computing: from concepts, to first demonstrations, towards market applications".

This seminar is intented for industrial and academic organizations willing to understand the concept of the hardware neuromophic processor, its functionalites and competitive advantages but also to discover the potential market applications. 

Experimental reservoir computing is a promising research area that adresses a wide range of applications: telecoms, defence, health, robotics, energy/environment...

Take the unique opportunity to interact with those who are designing tomorrow’s hardware brain-inspired systems!

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For any question, please contact: claudia.laou-huen@femto-st.fr

(tentative) Programme

The seminar is intended to present in a comprehensive way for the non-experts
- basics of "Reservoir Computing" concepts,
- some of the latest developments and achievements in the field,
- and experimental demos during a lab tour.
Tuesday, 15th October 2013

13:30 Reception

14:00 Introduction to experimental reservoir computing (RC)
          L. Larger, FEMTO-ST, Univ. Franche-Comté, Besançon, France

14:30  DEMO: FPGA-based electronic demonstrator of RC
           L. Kreuninckx, VUB, Brussels, Belgium

15:00 Fuel cell prognostic based on RC
           S. Morando, FEMTO-ST, Energie Dept., Belfort, France

15:30 RC in drone flight control application
           G. Pipa, Univ. Osnabrück, Germany

16:00 Coffee break

16:30 RC in photonics: towards a neuromorphic silicon chip
           P. Bienstman, Ghent Univ., Belgium

17:00 Lab Tour
          Electro-Optic Reservoir Computer with FPGA or all-optical delay line      
          DEMO: High performance system processing million words/s
          R. Martinenghi, A. Baylon Fuentes, FEMTO-ST

17:30 Small group discussions (about 1 hour)

End of the workshop day

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After the recent successful physical demonstrations of such hardware solutions, both in photonics and electronics, the field is willing to progress towards practical applications and market interests. This half-day seminar is typically directed towards industrial partners interested in practical new brain-inspired computational paradigms, and who are looking for practical solutions to solve complex scientific and technological problems.

Before this seminar (Monday, and Tuesday morning), a specialized scientific workshop is organized with many leading researchers of the field. Attending this more expert-oriented workshop is also possible (please contact the organization if interested: claudia.laou-huen@femto-st.fr).

Organising committee


Laurent LARGER,
FEMTO-ST, Université de Besançon, France
(Labex, Manager of DEMO 3 : "Neuromorphic processor")

Main investigator of the FEMTO-ST group during the recent successfully accomplished FET project PHOCUS of the 7th framework program, addressing the first demonstrations of physical implementation for Reservoir Computing (RC) in electronics and photonics with delay dynamics.

Laboratoire d’Information Quantique, Université libre de Bruxelles

Leader of the experimental group on delay system within a Belgian consortium aimed at demonstrating photonic RC with delay dynamics.

Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, Universitat de les Illes Balears

Main investigator of the CSIC-UIB partner within the PHOCUS project (UIB was coordinator), responsible of the Photonic RC Work Package of the project.

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Reservoir Lab, Universiteit Gent

Head of the Reservoir Lab at the Ghent University, a worldwide leader group in the field of RC approaches



The seminar will take place at :

FEMTO-ST (Optics department)
U.F.R. Sciences & Techniques
(Room: Salle des Actes)
16 route de Gray
25030 Besançon cedex, France

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How to reach Besançon:

- By train, with TGV. There are two TGV stations, connected with free shuttles: Besançon Franche-Comté TGV (most common one, outside the city), and Besançon Gare Viotte (downtown)

- By plane, but no airport directly near Besançon, so you will need additional train connection, or car rental to reach Besançon (for nearly any option, count on 2 additional hours to reach Besançon: Paris CDG -TGV advised-, Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg EuroAirport -TGV from Mulhouse station, or car rental-, Lyon Saint-Exupery -car rental advised-, Geneva airport -car rental only-)



Registration is free but compulsory. You will receive a confirmation of registration by email. Thank you in advance.