Date 
Topic 
Reading 
Related Assignment 
Th Apr 2 
Defining neural computation and biomedical applications of neural computation 
Nicolelis 2003  skim sections; Giszter et al.  abstract + skim over section headings; Simeral et al.  abstract + skim over section headings and figures; Supplement on Electrophysiology (Purves et al.); 
PS 1 
T Apr 7 
Electrical signalling in the nervous system; Characterizing neuron firing  part I 
Supplement on Electrophysiology (Purves et al.); Dayan and Abbott 5.1  5.3; Dayan and Abbott 1.11.4, 2.2, 7.2 
PS 1 
Th Apr 9 
Characterizing neuron firing 
Dayan and Abbott 1.1  1.4, 2.2, 7.2 
PS 2 
T Apr 14 
Modelling neuron output; Anatomical mapping of sensory spaces 
Somatosensory encoding supplement; Visual encoding supplement 
PS 2 
Th Apr 16 
Journal article selection, partner selection for endofquarter presentation 

Journal article presentation 
T Apr 21 
Anatomical mapping of sensory spaces; tuning curves. 
Dayan and Abbott 1.11.4, 2.2, 7.2; Georgopoulos et al 
PS 2 
Th Apr 23 
Tuning curves and population vectors. 
Dayan and Abbott 1.2, 3.3; Georgopoulos et al 
PS 3 
T Apr 28 
Population vectors. 
Dayan and Abbott 1.2, 3.3; Georgopoulos et al 
PS 3 
Th May 3 
Population vectors. 
Dayan and Abbott 1.2, 3.3; Georgopoulos et al 
PS 3 
T May 5 
Optimal linear filtering 
Dayan and Abbott 2.2, 2.9; Wessberg and Nicolelis 
PS 4 
Th May 7 
Midterm exam 


T May 12 
Optimal linear filtering 
Dayan and Abbott 2.2, 2.9; Wessberg and Nicolelis 
PS 4 
Th May 14 
Optimal linear filtering 
Dayan and Abbott 2.2, 2.9; Wessberg and Nicolelis 
PS 4 
T May 19 
Optimal linear filtering 
Dayan and Abbott 2.2, 2.9; Wessberg and Nicolelis 
PS 4 
Th May 21 
Kalman filtering 
Kim et al. 2011; Schiff et al. 2008 
PS 5 
T May 26 
Kalman filtering 
Kim et al. 2011; Schiff et al. 2008 
PS 5 
Th May 28 
Principal component analysis 
J. Schlens 

T June 2 
Principal component analysis; information theory 
J. Schlens; Fellous et al. 2004; Reich et al. 2001 
