Doctoral Dissertations

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Computer Science

Major Professor

James S. Plank

Committee Members

Mark E. Dean, Garrett S. Rose, Andy Sarles


Neuromorphic computing is an emerging hardware paradigm for doing non-traditional computing. It has advantages over typical von Neumann systems in a myriad of different situations. In particular, it offers attractive power savings over traditional hardware, by doing spiking neural network computations. However, programming a neuromorphic spiking system is very challenging, and thus an active field of research. This work explores using the TENNLab group's neuromorphic computing framework with reservoir computing, a method for utilizing either spiking or non-spiking neural networks as dynamical systems (called reservoirs) to filter and map information from one dimension to another to form useful intermediate data representations. In this case, spiking recurrent neural networks are used to do the processing. We delve into creating reservoirs with evolutionary genetic algorithms, and we explore parameters and applications across the available TENNLab architectures.


Portions of this document were previously published in both ACM and IEEE related conferences.

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