On Friday 6th July Martin Coath will be visiting the Academy to conduct a series of talks on a variety of scientific subjects to our students.
Martin is a post doctoral research fellow on the SCANDLE project based at the University of Plymouth.
His first degree was in Chemistry. For 20 years he was a programmer, musician, teacher, and craftsman before taking the time to do an M.Sc. in computational intelligence. As a result he was offered a research post at the University of Plymouth on a project investigating hearing and learning (ALAVLSI), later on a project more focussed on music perception (EmCAP), and another that focussed more on cortical modelling (COLAMN).
His current work involves developing software models of plasticity (learning) in recurrently connected populations of spiking neurons. These models represent the thalamus and cortex and the connections both within and between these areas of the brain, this is called “Work Package 1” inside the SCANDLE project. The aim is to move these software models, which require lots of processing power in a PC or a bank of PCs, to neuromorphic hardware which will be able to do the same things in real time and be embedded in portable devices.
We are really excited about the visit, check back soon for news from the day.