To build better computers, learn from the best one: human brain.
Neurocomputing is the future.
I am now involved in some projects at "La Sapienza" university regarding neural networks:
- Design and simulation of a multilayered hardware structure of a programmable
Cellular Neural Network
(a kind of locally connected network using feedback and clipping integrating characteristics)
for high-resolution image processing based on amorphous or polycrystalline silicon thin-film technology, under the guidance of
prof. Valerio Cimagalli and ing. Marco Balsi at TCE Lab. This project has evolved into a graduation dissertation titled
"Simulazione di circuiti neurali in silicio amorfo e policristallino" (7/14/97).
- A Perceptron simulator running under Matlab environment with different learning
algorithms (by now the classical back propagation and the one step secant, a quasi
Newton method); it will become the core of a general package on perceptrons.
It sounds very interesting, but... what is a neural network?
I'd like to suggest a very good introduction on neural networks from the University of Amsterdam.
Neural Network Information Page