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Google Summer of Code 2013 International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility

BrianDROID - Neural simulation on mobile devices

by Achilleas for International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility

Brian is a simulator for spiking neural networks, written in Python. The 2.0 version (currently in development) uses a hybrid programming language approach: The models and the simulation script are written in Python but the code in each simulation timestep is executed in generated code (for example in C++). Mobile devices such as Android phones have powerful processing units and versatile sensors, making them useful as a "brain" in robotics applications. Being able to run a Brian script on an Android phone would therefore be a useful testbed for neural models in a "real life" setting. The aims of this project are the following: - Write a conversion tool to convert a Brian simulation to a standalone Java program that runs on Android (making use of Brian's existing code generation facilities). - Add features to Brian that allow real-time simulation (e.g. dynamically adapt the simulation time step if the simulation is running too slow) - Access the phone's sensors (e.g. the microphone) and use them in the simulation in real time. The end result should be code with the above functionality and a working prototype for a neural model running on Android (for example, the so-called Licklider model of pitch recognition, using the phone's microphone as input). The student working on this project needs to have access to an Android phone.