May 15 - 16, 2017

Zürich, Switzerland



SwitchBoard” receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 674901


Workshop Goals

The Dynamic Vision Sensor (DVS) is a camera technology that takes inspiration from the behaviour of the human eye.  While conventional vision sensors see the world as a series of frames,  the DVS transmits only information about pixels which have changed in a scene caused by movement or changes in illumination. Successive frames acquisition contain enormous amounts of redundant information, with consequent waste of memory and computational power. DVS cameras transmit a stream of events at microsecond time resolution. This technology permits to reduce power, data storage and computational requirements while at the same time the sensor dynamic range is increased by orders of magnitude due to the local processing.

The stream of events is based on the Address-Event Representation (AER) and can be processed real-time using open-source software developed by iniLabs.

During this workshop, participants will install and learn how to use and program the software to process events from the neuromorphic Dynamic Vision Sensor.

Workshop Program

Monday May 15, 2017



Arrival at the Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich Irchel campus, Building Y55 floor G

9:00 – 9:30

Welcome breakfast

9:30 – 10:30

Tour of Institute of Neuroinformatics

10:30 – 11:30

Introduction to the Dynamic Vision Sensor

11:30 – 12:00

Software Presentation (jAER)

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch – Uni Zurich Irchel Campus Canteen

13:00 – 13:30

Workshop introduction

13:30 – 14:30

What is a filter in jAER?

14:30 – 15:30

Work group description and organization

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Group work: writing your own filter in jAER

17:30 – 18:00

Switchboard activities discussion:

Presentation of the work done for the Museum Exhibition in Bergen


Dinner - Linde Oberstrass


Tuesday May 16, 2017


9:00 – 9:30

Introduction to tracking algorithms

9:30 – 10:30

Group work: Develop a new tracking filter

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Recording session: Introduction to bias settings and live recording

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch – Uni Zurich Irchel Campus Canteen

13:30 – 14:30

Demos of results of work groups

14:30 – 15:00

Feedback and discussion of future work


Requirements & Preparation


Participants are kindly asked to bring their own laptop. Requirements for the workshop: operating systems supported Windows 7/8/10 32 or 64 bit, Linux and Mac OS. USB 2.0/3.0 hardware interface required. To save time, participants should ensure that the following software is installed before arriving at the workshop:

iniLabs will provide Dynamic Vision Sensors for use during the workshop.

The jAER software is hosted at SourceForge (jAERproject.org) and users can use subversion working copies to develop their own code.

Each participant can look at the documentation on the iniLabs web page: https://inilabs.com/.

Material for the course is available at the link: Shared Folder link

Here, you find useful materials and downloads in preparation for the workshop.


For more info and support contact: gemma.taverni@inilabs.com



Participants are free to choose their own accommodation. The closest hotel to the workshop is:


Coronado Hotel Zurich

Schaffhauserstrasse 137, 8057 Zurich




The hotel is just in front the tram stop Milchbuck and 10 minutes walking, across Irchel Park, from the Institute of Neuroinformatics (INI).

Dinner Details


All the participants are invited to join on Monday 15th May at 7 pm for a dinner all together.

Details of the restaurant:

Linde Oberstrass

Universitätstrasse 91, 8006 Zürich




Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich

Irchel Campus, Building Y55 floor G,

Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich

Google Maps link here


From Zurich HB tram 7 or 14 to Milchbuck, or tram 10 to Universität Irchel (10-15 minutes)

From Zurich Flughafen tram 10 to Universität Irchel. (20 minutes)

The airport is north of the map shown below. Downtown Zurich (the main train station) is south of the map.





Organizer: iniLabs

1.         Gemma Taverni


2.         Tobi Delbruck


3.         Kynan Eng



Early Stage Researchers

1.         David Klindt

Network Partner No. 1, Tuebingen (Germany)                     EKUT         

2.         Prerna Srivastava

Network Partner No. 1, Tuebingen (Germany)                     EKUT         

3.         Shubhash Chandra Yadav

Network Partner No. 2, Oldenburg (Germany)                     UOL          

4.         Rémi Fournel

Network Partner No. 3, Bergen (Norway)                                 UiB           

5.         Benjamin James

Network Partner No. 4, Sussex (UK)                                           UOS          

6.         Maxime Zimermann

Network Partner No. 4, Sussex (UK)                                           UOS          

7.         Maj-Britt Hölzel

Network Partner No. 5, Amsterdam (Netherlands)              KNAW

8.         Matthew Yedutenko

Network Partner No. 5, Amsterdam (Netherlands)              KNAW

9.         Hassan Bassereh

Network Partner No. 6, Vienna (Austria)                                   TU Wien

10.         Lucia Zanetti

Network Partner No. 7, Innsbruck (Austria)                              UIBK         

11.         Irem Kilicarslan

Network Partner No. 7, Innsbruck (Austria)                              UIBK         

12.         Antonia Stefanov

Network Partner No. 8, Pisa (Italy)                                             CNR          

13.         Meng-Jung Lee

Network Partner No. 9, Reutlingen (Germany)                     MCS          

14.         Abhijit Sanjeev

Network Partner No. 10, Bat-Yam (Israel)                                 EKB