To perform world-leading research to develop neuromorphic sensors, algorithms, and processing hardware, and apply these to solve existing problems in modern society.
Our mission statement reflects the three levels of technology ICNS will develop, and our focus on the applications of this technology as our developmental driver and potential source of funding. Our specific combination of neuromorphic sensor, algorithm, and processing hardware (platform) development gives us our niche and enables applications.
For the past thirty years, neuromorphic sensors have been developed and improved for technology’s sake. The rapid progress in electronics fuelled by Moore’s law meant that there was little interest outside our small research community in these sensors. Now, with the end of Moore’s law near, Industry and Defence have become keenly interested in Neuromorphic Engineering as an alternative technology. It is now up to us to show that we can deliver enhanced solutions to their problems using neuromorphic technology. We need to do this within the next decade, or the current interest in Neuromorphic Engineering will just have been hype. At ICNS, we are perfectly positioned to do this.