French research institute CEA-Leti reportedthat lead scientist Elisa Vianello received €3 million from the European Research Council (ERC) to develop nanoscale electronic storage devices based on insect nervous systems. The memory developed at CEA-Leti must be able to perform in-memory calculations, be non-volatile and extract important data from information noise.
The development is based on the nervous system of the cricket. The scientists report that a long-term study of this insect’s nervous system has revealed a number of interesting traits that could be useful in endowing robots with ‘intelligence’. In particular, the sensory systems of crickets and certain parts of the nervous system of these insects have some form of memory. The insect’s nervous system can work with this memory and make decisions based on the filtered data.
“My project aims to take inspiration from the insect nervous system to relax the hardware requirements for storage density and reliability and create the new nanosystems we need for learning. [ИИ] on a very limited amount of noisy data, said Vianello. “Our ERC-funded project will use these new nanoscale storage technologies to mimic the biological mechanisms of insects and create high-performance, energy-efficient silicon-based nanosystems.”