Monday 13 October 2014

IEEE TNNLS Special Issue on "Learning in Neuromorphic Systems and Cyborg Intelligence"

Emulating brain-like learning performance has been a key challenge for research in neural networks and learning systems, including recognition, memory and perception. In the last few decades, a variety of approaches for brain-like learning and information processing have been proposed, including approaches based on sparse representations or  hierarchical/deep architectures. While capable of achieving impressive performance, these methods still perform poorly compared to biological systems under a wide variety of conditions. With the availability of neuromorphic hardware providing a fundamentally different technique for data representation, neuromorphic systems, using neural spikes to represent the outputs of sensors and for communication between computing blocks, and using spike timing based learning algorithms, have shown appealing computing characteristics.  However, current neuromorphic learning systems cannot yet achieve the performance figures comparable to what machine learning approaches can offer. Neuromorphic systems are also compatible with another framework called cyborg intelligence. Cyborg intelligence aims to deeply integrate machine intelligence with biological intelligence by connecting machines and living beings via brain-machine interfaces, enhancing strengths and compensating for weaknesses by combining the biological cognition capability with the machine computational capability. In cyborg intelligence, the real-time interaction and exchange of information between biological and artificial neural systems is still an important open challenge, and existing learning approaches would not be able to meet such a challenge. The goal of the special issue is to consolidate the efforts for developing a suitable learning framework for neuromorphic systems and cyborg intelligence and promote research activities in this area.

Scope of the Special Issue

We invite original contributions related to learning in neuromorphic systems and cyborg intelligence, from theories, algorithms, modelling and experiment studies to applications. Topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Cognitive computing and cyborg intelligence
  • Neuromorphic information/signal processing
  • Brain-inspired data representation models
  • Neuromorphic learning and cognitive systems
  • Co-learning in bio-machine systems
  • Spike-based sensing and learning
  • Neuromorphic sensors and hardware systems
  • Intelligence for embedded systems
  • Cognition mechanisms for big data
  • Embodied cognition and neuro-robotics.

Important Dates

15 Nov 2014 – Deadline for manuscript submission
15 Feb 2015 – Notification of authors
15 Apr 2015–  Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts
15 May 2015 – Final decision

Guest Editors

Zhaohui Wu, Zhejiang University, China (
Ryad Benosman, University of Pierre and Marie Curie, France (
Huajin Tang, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore and Sichuan University  (
Shih-Chii Liu, Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich (

Submission Instructions

  1. Read the information for Authors at
  2. Submit the manuscript by 15th Nov 2014 at the TNNLS webpage ( and follow the submission procedure. Please, clearly indicate on the first page of the manuscript and in the cover letter that the manuscript has been submitted to the special issue on Learning in Neuromorphic Systems and Cyborg Intelligence. Send also an email to the guest editors with subject “TNNLS special issue submission” to notify about your submission.

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