Rodney Douglas

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Current research interests include; experimental anatomy and physiology of visual cerebral cortex; theoretical analysis and
simulation of cortical circuits; design and fabrication of neuromorphic systems; use of analog Very Large Scale integration methods to construct electronic circuits that perform analogous signal processing and computational functions to biological neuronal networks; the development of neuromorphic robots that use analog VLSI chips for sensory, motor, and higher order processing; self-constructing simple behaving organisms; and self-constructing neural networks.

Main-Projects

Spin-Off Companies

Teaching

INI-431 Foundational Literature of Neuroscience

Publications

2013

2012

  • Bauer, R. and Zubler, F. and Hauri, A. and Muir, D.R. and Douglas, R.J. Developmental Origin of Patchy Axonal Connectivity in the Neocortex: A Computational Model, Cerebral Cortex 1-14, 2012
  • Cardona, Albert and Saalfeld, Stephan and Schindelin, Johannes and Arganda-Carreras, Ignacio and Preibisch, Stephan and Longair, Mark and Tomancak, Pavel and Hartenstein, Volker and Douglas, Rodney J. TrakEM2 Software for Neural Circuit Reconstructions, PLOS ONE, 7:(6) 1-8, 2012
  • Corneil, D. and Sonnleithner, D. and Neftci, E. and Chicca, E. and Cook, M. and Indiveri, G. and Douglas, R. Real-time inference in a VLSI spiking neural network, IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) 2425-2428, 2012
  • Corneil, D. and Sonnleithner, D. and Neftci, E. and Chicca, E. and Cook, M. and Indiveri, G. and Douglas, R. Function approximation with uncertainty propagation in a VLSI spiking neural network, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) 1-7, 2012
  • Douglas, Rodney J. and Martin, Kevan A.C. Behavioral architecture of the cortical sheet, Current Biology, Vol 22:(No 24) 1033-1038, 2012
  • Neftci, Emre and Binas, Jonathan and Chicca, Elisabetta and Indiveri, Giacomo and Douglas, Rodney Systematic Construction of Finite State Automata Using VLSI Spiking Neurons, Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems 382-383, 2012
  • Rutishauser, U. and Slotine, J.J. and Douglas, R.J. Competition through selective inhibitory synchrony, Neural Computation 2033-2052, 2012

2011

  • Douglas, R.J. and Martin, K.A.C. What's Black and White About the Grey Matter?, Neuroinformatics, 9: 167-179, 2011
  • Muir, D.R. and Da Costa, N.M.A. and Girardin, C.C. and Naaman, S. and Omer, D.B. and Ruesch, E. and Grinvald, A. and Douglas, R.J. Embedding of Cortical Representations by the Superficial Patch System, Cerebral Cortex, 21:(10) 2244-2260, 2011
  • Muir, D R and Douglas, R J From neural arbors to daisies, Cerebral Cortex, 21:(5) 1118-1133, 2011
  • Neftci, E. and Chicca, E. and Indiveri, G. and Douglas, R. A systematic method for configuring vlsi networks of spiking neurons, Neural computation, 23:(10) 2457-2497, 2011
  • Rutishauser, U and Douglas, R J and Slotine, J J Collective stability of networks of winner-take-all circuits, Neural Computation, 23:(3) 735-773, 2011
  • Zubler, F and Hauri, A and Pfister, S and Whatley, AM and Cook, M and Douglas, R An instruction language for self-construction in the context of neural networks, Frontiers in Computer Neuroscience, 5:(57), 2011

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2003

  • Anderson, JC and Binzegger, T and Douglas, RJ and Martin, KAC Chance or design: Some specific considerations concerning synaptic boutons in cat visual cortex, Journal of Neurocytology, 31: 211-229, 2003
  • Chicca, E. and Indiveri, G. and Douglas, R. J. An adaptive silicon synapse, Proc. IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems,, 1: I-81-I-84, 2003
  • Delbruck, T. and Eng, K. and Baebler, A. and Bernardet, U. and Blanchard, M. and Briska, A. and Costa, M. and Douglas, R. and Hepp, K. and Klein, D. and Manzolli, J. and Mintz, M. and Roth, F. and Rutishauser, U. and Wassermann, K. and Wittmann, A. and Whatley, A. M. and Wyss, R. and Verschure, P. F. M. J. Ada: a playful interactive space, Human-Computer Interaction --- INTERACT'03 : IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 1st-5th September 2003, Zürich, Switzerland. 989-992, 2003
  • Douglas, R and Edelman, G and Krichmar, J and Martin, K Neural Networks and Artificial Brains, Neuroscience - Science of the Brain: An introduction for young students, 2003
  • Eng, K. and Baebler, A. and Bernardet, U. and Blanchard, M. and Costa, M. and Delbruck, T. and Douglas, R. J. and Hepp, K. and Klein, D. and Manzolli, J. and Mintz, M. and Roth, F. and Rutishauser, U. and Wassermann, K. and Whatley, A. M. and Wittmann, A. and Wyss, R. and Verschure, P. F. M. J. Ada - Intelligent Space: An artificial creature for the Swiss Expo.02, Proceedings of the 2003 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2003), 3: 4154–4159, 2003
  • Eng, K. and Klein, D. and Baebler, A. and Bernardet, U. and Blanchard, M. and Costa, M. and Delbruck, T. and Douglas, R. J. and Hepp, K. and Manzolli, J. and Mintz, M. and Roth, F. and Rutishauser, U. and Wassermann, K. and Whatley, A. M. and Wittmann, A. and Wyss, R. and Verschure, P. F. M. J. Design for a brain revisited: The neuromorphic design and functionality of the interactive space Ada, Reviews in the Neurosciences, 14:(1-2) 145-180, 2003
  • Trindler, Jonas and Zwiker, Raphael and Rutishauser, Ueli and Douglas, Rodney and Joller, Joseph Discovery of logical structures in a multisensor environment based on sparse events., Workshop on Ambient Intelligence, 8th National Congress of Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, Pisa, Italy, September 2003, 2003
  • Verschure, P.F.M.J and Voegtlin, T and Douglas, R.J. Environmentally mediated synergy between perception and behaviour in mobile robots, Nature, 425: 620-624, 2003
  • Douglas, RJ and Markram, H and Martin, KAC Neocortex, The synaptic organization of the brain 499-558, 2003
  • Douglas, RJ and Martin, KAC Artificial Brains, Neuroscience: Science of the Brain, 2003

2002

  • Douglas, R. J. and Martin, K. A. C. Stimmt es, dass Emotionen eine physische Angelegenheit sind? , Die Zeitung der universitaet Zuerich - UNIJournal(4) 24, 2002
  • Eng, K. and Bäbler, A. and Bernardet, U. and Blanchard, M. and Briska, A. and Conradt, J. and Costa, M. and Delbrück, T. and Douglas, R. J. and Hepp, K. and Klein, D. and Manzolli, J. and Mintz, M. and Netter, T. and Roth, F. and Rutishauser, U. and Wassermann, K. and Whatley, A. M. and Wittmann, A. and Wyss, R. and Verschure, P. F. M. J. Ada: Constructing a Synthetic Organism, Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2002), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2: 1808-1813, 2002
  • Hahnloser, RH and Douglas, RJ and Hepp, K Attentional recruitment of inter-areal recurrent networks for selective gain control., Neural Computation, 14:(7) 1669-89, 2002
  • Liu, S-C. and Kramer, J. and Indiveri, G. and Delbruck, T. and Douglas, R. Orientation-selective aVLSI spiking neurons, Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 14:, 2002
  • Douglas, R. and Rasche, C. Silicon Neurons, The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks, 2002
  • Liu, S-C. and Kramer, J. and Indiveri, G. and Delbruck, T. and Douglas, R. Analog VLSI: Circuits and Principles, 2002

2001

  • Douglas, R. Forward- and Backpropagation in a Silicon Dendrite, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, 12:(2) 386-393, 2001
  • Eng, K. and Baebler, A. and Bernardet, U. and Blanchard, M. and Briska, A. and Costa, M. and Delbruck, T. and Douglas, R. and Hepp, K. and Klein, D. and Manzolli, J. and Mintz, M. and Netter, T. and Roth, F. and Wassermann, K. and Whatley, A. and Wittmann, A. and Verschure, P. Ada - Buildings as Organisms, Game, Set and Match (Proceedings), Faculty of Architecture, TU Delft, 2001
  • Indiveri, G. and Horiuchi, T. and Niebur, E. and Douglas, R. A Competitive Network of Spiking VLSI Neurons, World Congress on Neuroinformatics 2001 443-455, 2001
  • Liu, S-C. and Kramer, J. and Indiveri, G. and Delbruck, T. and Burg, T. and Douglas, R. Orientation-selective aVLSI spiking neurons, Neural Networks, 14:(6/7) 629-643, 2001

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1997

  • Ahmed, B. and Allison, J.D. and Douglas, R.J. and Martin, K.A.C. An intracellular study of contrast-dependence of neuronal activity in cat visual cortex., Cerebral Cortex, 7: 559-570, 1997
  • Schindler, K.A. and Bernasconi, C.A. and Stoop, R. and Goodman, P.H. and Douglas, R.J. Chaotic Spike Patterns Evoked by Periodic Inhibition of Rat Cortical Neurons, Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, 52a: 509-512, 1997
  • Schindler, K.A. and Bernasconi, C.A. and Stoop, R. and Goodman, P.H. and Douglas, R.J. and Martin, K.A.C Irregular Spike Patterns Produced by Periodic Inhibition of Regularly Firing Rat Neocortical Neurons, Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 23: 397.5, 1997

1996

  • Ahmed, B. and Anderson, J. C. and Douglas, R. J. and Martin, K. A. C. and Nelson, J. C. The inhibitory innervation of spiny stellate cells of layer 4 of the cat visual cortex., Journal of Physiology, 495: 61P, 1996
  • Ahmed, B. and Anderson, J.C. and Douglas, R.J. and Martin, K. A. C. and Nelson, J. C. Estimates of the major excitatory innervation on apical dendrites of layer 5 pyramids within layer 4 of cat visual cortex., Journal of Physiology, 494: 15P, 1996
  • Allison, J.D. and Ahmed, B. and Anderson, J.C. and Douglas, R.J. and Martin, K.A.C. Contrast gain control in neurons of the cat primary visual cortex: input-output analysis, Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, 22: 1705, 1996
  • Douglas, R. and Mahowald, M. Design and fabrication of analog VLSI neurons, Methods in Neuronal Modelling: From Synapses to Networks, 1996
  • Douglas, R. and Martin, K.A.C. News & Views: The Information Superflyway, Neuropsychologia, 379: 584-585, 1996
  • Douglas, R.J. and Mahowald, M.A. and Martin, K.A.C. Microarchitecture of Neocortical Columns., Brain theory - biological basis and computational principles. 75-95, 1996
  • Douglas, R.J. and Mahowald, M.A. and Martin, K.A.C. Neuroinformatics as explanatory neuroscience., Neuroimage, 4: 25-28, 1996
  • Douglas, R.J. and Mahowald, M.A. and Martin, K.A.C. and Stratford, K.J. The role of synapses in cortical computation., Journal of Neurocytology, 25: 893-911, 1996

1995

  • Douglas, R. News & Views: The Bee's Needs, Neuropsychologia, 377: 683-684, 1995
  • Douglas, R. and Mahowald, M. Silicon Neurons, The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks 282-289, 1995
  • Douglas, R. and Mahowald, M. A Constructor set for Silicon Neurons, An Introduction to Neural and Electronic Networks 277-296, 1995
  • Douglas, R. and Mahowald, M. and Mead, C. Neuromorphic Analog VLSI, Annual Review of Neuroscience, 18: 255-281, 1995
  • Douglas, R. and Martin, K.A.C. Vibrations in the memory, Neuropsychologia, 373: 563-564, 1995
  • Douglas, R. J. and Koch, C. K. and Mahowald, M. and Martin, K. A. C. and Suarez, H. H. Recurrent Excitation in Neocortical Circuits, Science, 269: 981-985, 1995

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