News


October 5th, 2017
[Granted Award] Sponsor Scholar at NIPS 2017


September 10th, 2017

[WNIP Workshop at NIPS 2017] I am co-organizing the first edition of the NIPS-2017 workshop on Worm’s Neural Information Processing (WNIP)

[WNIP2017] [NIPS2017 Schedule]


August 21th, 2017

[IJCAI BOOM 2017 Best Poster Award] My poster won the best poster award at the IJCAI 2017 International Workshop on Biomedical Informatics with Optimization and Machine learning (BOOM). [link]


August 6th, 2017

[ICML Award] Listed as one of the 217 sponsor scholars at the ICML 2017 [Link]


June 29th, 2017

A report on our activities on the nervous system of the worm, C. elegans, is published in the first edition of the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) Journal.


June 16th, 2017

[Accepted Paper] One paper at Workshop on Computational Biology (WCB 2017), 34th International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML). see publications for more details


June 14th, 2017

Chaired the “Spiking Neurons” session at 14th International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (IWANN2017) Conference program


June 5th, 2017

[Accepted Paper] One short paper at 2nd International Workshop on Biomedical Informatics with Optimization and Machine Learning (BOOM 2017), In conjunction with 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI). see publications for more details


April 7th, 2017

[Accepted Paper] Two papers at 14th International Work-Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (IWANN2017). see publications for more details


April 3rd, 2017

[Simple-AI] Read about our bio-machine learning activities and projects at simple-ai.com


March 23rd, 2017

[Blogging for OpenWorm] Check out the new Github issue on the simulation of the worm’s crawling here


February 3rd, 2017

[Accepted Paper] at the 30th International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN2017). see publications for more details


January 27th, 2017

We are planning to open a new course on deep learning at Cyber-Physical-Systems Group

I am preparing a 3 ECTS course on deep learning for the next academic year 2017-2018.


January 12th, 2017

Microsoft Azure Research Award is Granted for our Research

We have been awarded a Microsoft Azure sponsorship with value of $20,000.00 for using state-of-the-art cloud services provided by Microsoft for our research!

This award enables us to access Azure NC-based Virtual Machine instances which are powered by NVIDIA Tesla® K80 GPUs and provide the compute power required to accelerate the most demanding high-performance computing (HPC) and AI workloads. Cloud computing lets you spend more time on your research, providing all the computing you need, exactly when you need it. Whether it’s a computer with more memory, a cluster with thousands of cores, a big data platform, an internet of things solution, or open-source machine learning at scale, you can achieve more using the cloud. Microsoft Azure for Research awards offer large allocations of cloud computing for your research project, and already supports hundreds of researchers worldwide across all domains.
[link1] [link2]

Award recipient:
Ramin M. Hasani
Cyber Physical Systems Group


December 3rd, 2016

My talk at OpenWorm Journal Club: The Search For Food

Dr. Stephen Larson from the OpenWorm Foundation and I have led a live discussion about a recent work describing a model for predicting C. elegans random search behavior. The paper to be discussed is “A stochastic neuronal model predicts random search behaviors at multiple spatial scales in C. elegans” by W. Roberts, et. al.
[Link to the event]
To boldly go where no worm has gone before. This is the research that seeks to model and deepen our understanding of how the neural circuitry of C. Elegans drives the worm to seek out new potential food sources.In this edition of the OpenWorm Journal Club, we discuss recent work describing a model for predicting C Elegans random search behavior. The paper to be discussed is “A stochastic neuronal model predicts random search behaviors at multiple spatial scales in C. elegans” by W. Roberts, et. al., and the discussion will be led by Dr. Ramin Hasani from the Vienna University of Technology, and Dr. Stephen Larson from the OpenWorm Foundation.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.12572
Published January 29, 2016
Cite as eLife 2016;5:e12572
Paper Abstract:
“Random search is a behavioral strategy used by organisms from bacteria to humans to locate food that is randomly distributed and undetectable at a distance. We investigated this behavior in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, an organism with a small, well-described nervous system. Here we formulate a mathematical model of random search abstracted from the C. elegans connectome and fit to a large-scale kinematic analysis of C. elegans behavior at submicron resolution. The model predicts behavioral effects of neuronal ablations and genetic perturbations, as well as unexpected aspects of wild type behavior. The predictive success of the model indicates that random search in C. elegans can be understood in terms of a neuronal flip-flop circuit involving reciprocal inhibition between two populations of stochastic neurons. Our findings establish a unified theoretical framework for understanding C. elegans locomotion and a testable neuronal model of random search that can be applied to other organisms.”