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  • Welcome to Si elegans • Emulating the C. elegans nervous system for the reverse-engineering of nervous system function will pave the way to the realization of brain-inspired computational architectures
  • Partner 1 at the Dept. of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies (IIT.NBT) of the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, Italy • 3D interconnection of FPGA modules to replicate the connectome of C. elegans
  • Partner 2 at the Intelligent Systems Research Centre (UU.ISRC) of the University of Ulster in Londonderry, United Kingdom • Development of FPGA representations of C. elegans neurons and muscles
  • Partner 3 at the eHealth & Biomedical Applications department (VT.eHBA) of Vicomtech-IK4 in San Sebastián, Spain • Development of a virtual arena for behavioural studies
  • Partner 4 at the Dept. of Bio-Inspired Electronics and Reconfigurable Computing (BIRC) of the National University of Ireland in Galway, Ireland • Neural model definition GUI, HDL translation, FPGA bitstream generation and network state analysis
  • Partner 5 (formerly partner 2) at the Computing and Informatics Research Centre (NTU.CIRC) of the Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, United Kingdom • Development of FPGA representations of C. elegans neurons and muscles


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The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans may hold the key to brain-like computational architectures: Si elegans will provide the scientific community with a reconfigurable, scalable and modular neuromimetic open-access computational platform to explore neural principles that give rise to complex behaviour and to derive a neuro-inspired technological blueprint for a new era of brain-like computational architectures.The Si elegans project started on April 1st 2013. 

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