21 December 1972 |
|Thesis||Spikes, synchrony, and attentive learning by laminar thalamocortical circuits (2007)|
|Doctoral advisor||Stephen Grossberg|
|Notable awards||Fulbright Scholar|
Massimiliano Versace (born December 21, 1972 in Monfalcone, Italy) is co-founder and CEO of Neurala Inc. and founding Director of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab. He is a pioneer in researching and bringing to market large scale, deep learning neural models that allow robots to interact and learn real-time in complex environments. He has authored approximately forty among journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers, holds several patents, and has been an invited speaker at dozens of academic and business meetings, research and national labs, and companies, including NASA, DARPA, The Pentagon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Air Force Research Labs, Hewlett-Packard, iRobot, Qualcomm, Ericsson, BAE Systems, Mitsubishi, and Accenture, among others. His work has been featured in over thirty articles, news programs, and documentaries, including IEEE Spectrum, New Scientist, Geek Magazine, CNN, MSNBC and others. Massimiliano is a Fulbright scholar and holds two Ph.Ds: Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy; Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, USA. He obtained his BS from University of Trieste, Italy.
Versace grew up in Monfalcone, Italy and came to the United States in 2001 as a Fulbright scholar. Massimiliano holds a masters in psychology from the University of Trieste and a two PhDs (Experimental Psychology, University of Trieste, Italy—Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, USA). He is a Research Assistant Professor at Boston University, where he founded and directs the Neuromorphics Lab. In 2009-2011, he was Co-PI of the DARPA SyNAPSE effort in collaboration with Hewlett-Packard, where he led the Boston University neural modeling team. In December 2010, the IEEE Spectrum published a cover page featured article  authored by him regarding the roadmap to develop a large scale brain model making use of memristor based technologies. The Modular Neural Exploring Traveling Agent (MoNETA) was the first large-scale neural network model to implement whole-brain circuits to power a virtual and robotic agent compatibly with memristor-based hardware computations. A cover page featured article in IEEE Computer  features the software platform and modeling implemented by the joint HP and Boston University teams, and the March 2012 edition of IEEE Pulse  features his lab work on brain modeling. His work has also been featured  on the Italian national daily business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, on the magazine  Geek Magazine and on the documentary series  Future Tense. In 2006, with two colleagues from Boston University, he co-founded Neurala Inc. to bring this technology to market. He successfully led the company through the TechStars program in 2013, round of financing, and product launches.
Versace is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship in 2001. He was recipient of the CELEST Award for Computational Modeling of Brain and Behavior in 2009, was awarded top cited article 2008-2010 in Brain Research, and has been named Outstanding Researcher at the Global Conference on Business and Finance, Las Vegas (along with Charles Wong).
Neural modeling, Deep Learning, and Robotics
Massimiliano Versace's research interests are focused on neural networks – also called Deep Learning, in particular applied to cortical models of learning and memory, and how to build intelligent machines equipped with low-power, high density neural chips that implement large-scale brain circuits of increasing complexity. His Synchronous Matching Adaptive Resonance Theory (SMART) model shows spiking laminar cortical circuits self-organize and stably learn relevant information, and how these circuits be embedded in low-power, memristor based hybrid CMOS chip and used to solve challenging pattern recognition problems. His work has been featured on Fortune, Inc, Tech Crunch, IEEE Spectrum, Venture Beat, among others.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Memristors.|
- Versace, Massimiliano; Chandler, Ben (2010), "MoNETA: A Mind Made from Memristors", IEEE Spectrum, 12: 30–37
- Snider, Greg; Amerson, Rick; Carter, Dick; Abdalla, Hisham; MuhammadShakeel, Qureshi; Leveille, Jasmin; Amerson, Rick; Versace, Massimiliano; Chandler, Ben; Patrick, Sean; Mingolla, Ennio; Gorchetchnikov, Anatoli; Ames, Heather (2011), "From Synapses to Circuitry: Using Memristive Memory to Explore the Electronic Brain", IEEE Computer, 44: 21–28, doi:10.1109/MC.2011.48
- Ames, Heather; Versace, Massimiliano; Gortchechnikov, Anatoli; Livitz, Jasmin; Aisha, Sohail; Leveille, Jasmin; Mingolla, Ennio (2012), "The Animat" (PDF), IEEE Pulse, 3: 47–50, doi:10.1109/mpul.2011.2175638
- Tremolada, Luca (2011), "Il ratto nel computer", Il Sole 24 Ore
- Casey, Matt (2013), "On Edge About AI" (PDF), The Geek Magazine
- Dennis, Thierry (2012), "Future Tense", Future Tense Documentaries
- http://fortune.com/2017/01/17/versace-neurala-artificial-intelligence/. Missing or empty
- http://www.inc.com/molly-reynolds/this-artificial-intelligence-expert-breaks-down-your-burning-questions.html. Missing or empty
- https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/17/neurala-closes-14m-series-a-to-bring-machine-learning-to-the-edge/. Missing or empty
- http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/ai-startup-neurala-deep-learning-for-nasa-powers-earth-robots. Missing or empty
- http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/17/brains-for-bots-deep-learning-startup-neurala-raises-14-million/. Missing or empty
- TedX Talk April 2014
- New Scientist August 2011
- The Neuromorphics Lab on CNN July 2011
- Silicon Brains, Thought Leaders, AZoRobotics July 2011
- Il Sole 24, Italian business newspaper March 2011
- The Boston University Neuromorphic Lab working on the DARPA SyNAPSE project to implement neural models on memristor hardware
- A blog with a section dedicated to neuroscience and its applications
- A talk on the progress the Boston University Neuromorphic Lab effort in building the memristor-based MoNETA model
- The IEEE Spectrum cover-page article "MoNETA: A Mind Made from Memristors" featuring the memristor-based neural model, December 1, 2010
- "How DARPA Is Making a Machine Mind out of Memristors", Popular Science December 3, 2010
- "Neuron-like computer hardware finally gets software", MSNBC December 6, 2010