Neurocomputation Lab

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Saad Ahmed Qazi
Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering
NED University of Engineering & Technology
University Road, Karachi

Phone: +92-21-99261261, Email: saadqazi@neduet.edu.pk

CO-Principal Investigators:

Dr. Hashim Raza

Department of Electronic Engineering

NED University of Engineering & Technology
University Road, Karachi

Phone: +92-21-99261261, Email: hashim@neduet.edu.pk

Dr. Abul Hasan

Department of Biomedical Engineering

NED University of Engineering & Technology
University Road, Karachi

Phone: +92-21-99261261, Email: abulhasan@neduet.edu.pk

 Goal: To develop first Neuromorphic brain chip in Pakistan for Cognitive sciences applications

Scientific Objectives:

  • Developing Neuromorphic hardware design techniques and its applications
  • Smart human machine interface through biofeedback systems

Description of Lab:

The aim of the neurocomputation laboratory is to implement artificial neural network onto electronic hardware (neuromorphic hardware) in the field of cognitive sciences. The Neurocomputation Laboratory will focus on the design and development of neuromorphic hardware using circuit level design techniques which will include digital and analog System on Chip (SoC) design as well. In order to utilize the inherent parallelism offered by neural networks, a parallel computing hardware is required. There are different research groups working in this domain and some notable solutions have been offered namely SpiNNaker, FACET, neurosynaptic core. The main research objective is to design an indigenous neuromorphic processor in Pakistan that would benefit AI based computing applications.  A neuromorphic hardware is already being indigenously designed in NED University of Engineering and Technology. The neuromorphic hardware designed in NED is referred as NEUROM V 1.0. This project is divided into two sub project. The first stage is the implementation of NEUROM hardware on chip level and this implementation is referred as version 1.0 of neuromorphic hardware. This IC is planned to be developed at commercial level and delivered to customers worldwide. The second phase of implementation is the Board level system design NEUROM V 2.0 chip. Further the investigation of multimedia application on neuromorphic hardware is the principal task for second subgroup of neuromorphic design lab. The design of a neuromorphic flight controller is another application of this research group. Neuromorphic flight controllers may play a critical role in design of fifth generation aerial vehicles.

Neuroscience is one of the research areas which have been neglected in the field of biomedical engineering in Pakistan. The role of neuroscientist is to use current technologies to: (i) investigate the physiology of the brain in healthy condition and in the central and/ or peripheral nervous system disorder, (ii) provide rehabilitation training to individuals with nervous system disorders, (iii) improve the peak performance of healthy individuals (cognitive), and (iv) increase awareness about technologies of the mind among the public and health care professionals. EEG has enormous application for Human-Machine Interface (HMI). Human-Machine Interface is a key research area in neuroscience research. The purpose of this subgroup is to design innovative applications for HMI and set the path for next generation computer interface applications. The EEG is the abbreviation of electroencephalogram. This is a non-invasive technique used to record brain signals. The use of EEG to design HMI based application is a well-established practice around the world. It is also planned to explore other brain reading platforms apart from EEG.

 Applications Domains:

    • Neural sensor for smart systems
    • Multimedia on neuromorphic hardware
    • Neurorehabilitation of patients through human machine smart interface
    • Neurological disorder treatment
    • Pain management and treatment