July 27th, 2015 - The project was finalized in June of this year. The final public report is available following the link to the left or going here.
July 21st, 2014 - Update to the publications list with the publications from the last year.
April 2nd, 2013 - Update to the publications list with the publications from the last year.
December 18th, 2012 - SeeBetter appears in the Winter 2012 issue of EU Research.
Oct. 11 2012 - T. Delbruck presented invited paper “Event-based silicon retinas and applications” at European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV) Workshop on Biological and Computer Vision Interfaces in Firenze, Italy.
September 14, 2012 - UZH organized an IEEE CAS student workshop in Zurich where the SeeBetter work was presented.
May 20-23, 2012 - Two live demos during ISCAS'2012. You can watch here a video of one of the demos.
April 29-May 12 2012 - R. Berner, SC Liu, T. Delbruck attended the Capo Caccia Neuromorphic Cognition Engineering Workshop where they presented SeeBetter work and worked on projects.
March 26th, 2012 - First Year Review took place at UZH in Zurich.
March 16-18 2012 - T. Delbruck and S.C. Liu presented SeeBetter technology as part of the BrainFair public exhibition with a booth devoted to neuromorphic engineering, with continuous demonstrations of silicon retinas.
September 23rd, 2011 - 10 DVS sensors are used in the permanent Einstein Passage exhibit in the train station Aarau which opened March 2011. PhD student Christian Braendli writes the bulk of the DVS signal processing, which is done in jAER, and which tracks individuals and groups to trigger some visual effects..
September 23rd, 2011 - Shih-Chii Liu's AER-EAR binaural silicon cochlea. This event-based silicon cochlea offers a user-friendly USB interface to jAER and allow rapid development of event-based auditory processing algorithms for sound localization and auditory scene analysis. New AER-EAR systems are currently being built.
September 23rd, 2011 - 200 DVS128 cameras were commercially assembled, June 2011 - see http://siliconretina.ini.uzh.ch.
September 23rd, 2011 - Check out Tobi Delbruck's YouTube channel for videos of applications of the DVS128.
September 19th, 2011 - The Second SeeBetter General Meeting was held at Imperial College in London. Thanks to Konstantin and Mat for hosting the event.
July 26th, 2011 - Introduction to SeeBetter published online at SPIE Newsroom: "High-sensitivity silicon retina for robotics and prosthetics".
July 14th, 2011 - Botond Roska is the visionary of the quarter in the latest Vision Research and Ophtalmology Newsletter.
June 15th, 2011 - Tobi Delbruck and Shih-Chii Liu from the University of Zurich are organizing the IEEE Swiss Workshop on Imaging and Vision Sensors (http://sivs2011.org) on Sep 8, 2011.
June 15th, 2011 - Second SeeBetter general meeting to take place at Imperial College in London on Monday the 19th of September.
April 18th, 2011 - SeeBetter in EETimes Europe: "Frame-free data-driven asynchronous photodetectors for artificial vision".
April 12th, 2011 - SeeBetter in The Engineer: "Eye-inspired imaging chip will extend video capabilities". Thanks to the ICL team!
March 30th, 2011 - Matthew Katz will join the SeeBetter team at ICL. Mat is a physicist (BSc from Warwick University, first class) who worked for a hedge fund in London for three years and then he completed an MSc in Quantum Computing. Welcome!
February 20th, 2011 - The project kick-off meeting took place on Friday February the 18th at imec (Leuven, Belgium). Below you can find the agenda together with slides and videos of the presentations.
13:15 – 13:45. "Seeing with and without photoreceptors" by Dr. Botond Roska (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland) (Video).
Abstract: The first steps of vision occur in the retina where dozens of different neural circuits extract different features from the visual scene. I will discuss first how the neural circuit asymmetry required for detecting directional motion is set up during development. Second, I show how basic understanding of the structure and function of retinal circuits in combination with viral and molecular tools can be used to design rational optogenetic therapies for the blinding disease retinitis pigmentosa.
13:45 – 14:15. "Mathematical models of phototransduction processes in biology and how electronics and medicine may benefit from them" by Dr. Konstantin Nikolic (Imperial College, London, UK). (Slides / Video).
Abstract: This talk will introduce our work on modeling phototransduction in Drosophila photoreceptors which leads to some important insights into biological signalling cascades. I will also mention work on the channelrhodopsin photocycles and models of cells expressing ChR2 and other neuron actuators which give input to a new area of neuroscience and neurotechnology called optogenetics. Some of these modeling techniques presented will be used in the SeeBetter project.
14:15 – 14:45. Coffee break
Abstract: Imec has been at the forefront in the development of hybrid imagers, and particularly backside-illuminated hybrid image sensors. Recently, work has also started towards 3D integrated image sensors which use TSV technology to improve further the performance of these hybrid image sensors. This talk will give an overview of the previous and current work being done in these areas in imec.
Abstract: In contrast to the regular sequence of picture frames output from conventional imagers, event-based sensors output an asynchronous and variable data-rate stream of digital address-events that quickly signal significant or informative dynamic image values. The existing dynamic vision sensor (DVS) silicon retina will be presented, along with some of its applications in fast visual robotics. Then the aims of the SeeBetter project to develop the next generation sensor processing architecture will be presented.