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Horiuchi, Timothy

Timothy Horiuchi
Associate Professor
A.V. Williams 2231

Research Interests 

  • Bat Echolocation
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Learning Systems
  • Neuromorphic VLSI Design
  • Constrained Optimization Circuits
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Neural Recording and Spike-Sorting Techniques and Tools


Dr. Horiuchi earned both his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1989 and his Ph.D. with Prof. Christof Koch in Computation and Neural Systems in 1997 at the California Institute of Technology.  His Ph.D. work focused on the design of analog VLSI circuits that mimic the neural circuits underlying saccadic eye movements in the primate.   This work included the design of visual processing chips, auditory localization chips, non-volatile floating-gate learning, motor control, and attentional processing.  He went on to do his postdoctoral work with Prof. Ernst Niebur in the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University.  In September 1999, Dr. Horiuchi joined the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept and the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland.   He continues to pursue the development of VLSI models of neural systems at the spiking neuron level and their demonstration on robotic platforms.  His current focus is the understanding of the bat echolocation system.

Honors and Awards 

    •    ISR Outstanding Systems Engineering Faculty Award, University of Maryland (2004)
    •    NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award (2004)

Related News 

ECE Professors Abshire, Goldsman, and Newcomb Participate in ISCAS 2017
This year's event focused on the connection from Dreams to Innovation, with the aim of cultivating creative research-driven Ideas in Circuits and Systems as they transition to Innovations and fuel economic development. June 7, 2017

ECE Names 2014-2015 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2014-15. May 14, 2015

ECE Names 2013-2014 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Five ECE Ph.D. candidates selected for excellence in dissertation research. May 1, 2014

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate Research
More than 20 undergraduate students participate in research projects sponsored by ECE and IREAP. August 7, 2012

ECE Names 2011-2012 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows
Ekrem, Ropp, Shroff, and Tyagi recognized for research excellence in their dissertations. February 29, 2012

Moss, Horiuchi receive $1.5 million NSF grant for complex settings research
Research will explore processes that support spatial perception and navigation in the echolocating bat. September 30, 2010

ECE Faculty Participate in DoD MURI Research Projects
Defense funding supports research on visual reasoning, animal-inspired flight, network security. July 21, 2010

MERIT and TREND Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research
Students present their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair. August 7, 2009

Horiuchi, Humbert Developing Bio-Inspired Navigation for Micro Air Vehicles
PANOPTIS system uses both echolocation and optic flow sensors. October 29, 2008

Annual MERIT and TREND Fair Features Summer Research Projects
Students showcase their summer research accomplishments to judges at annual fair. August 11, 2008