Date 
Topic 
Reading 
Related Assignment 
Tu Apr 3 
Defining neural computation and biomedical applications of neural computation 
Nicolelis 2003; Giszter et al.; Simeral et al. 
PS 1 
Th Apr 5 
Electrical signalling in the nervous system; neural computation applications 
Supplement on Electrophysiology (Purves et al.); Dayan and Abbott 5.15.3; Nicolelis 2003 (Perspective on BMIs supplement) 
PS 1 
Tu Apr 10 
An introduction to computational algorithms used in neural prostheses 
Giszter et al.; Simeral et al.; Berger et al.; Asher et al. 
PS 1 
Th Apr 12 
An introduction to computational algorithms used in neural prostheses 
Simeral et al; Berger et al. 
PS1 
T Apr 17 
Modelling neuron output; Anatomical mapping of sensory spaces 
Somatosensory encoding supplement; Visual encoding supplement 
PS 2 
Th Apr 19 
Anatomical mapping of sensory spaces; characterizing neuron firing 
Somatosensory encoding supplement; Visual encoding supplement; Dayan and Abbott 1.11.4, 2.2, 7.2 
PS 2 
T Apr 24 
Characterizing neuron firing 
Dayan and Abbott 1.11.4, 2.2, 7.2 
PS 2 
Th Apr 26 
Characterizing neuron firing, tuning curves. 
Dayan and Abbott 1.11.4, 2.2, 7.2; Georgopoulos et al 
PS 2 
T May 1 
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 8 
Optimal linear filtering 
Dayan and Abbott 2.2, 2.9; Wessberg and Nicolelis 
PS 3 
Th May 10 
Optimal linear filtering 
Dayan and Abbott 2.2, 2.9; Wessberg and Nicolelis 
PS 3 
T May 15 
Midterm exam 


Th May 17 
Detecting spike patterns 
Fellous et al. 2004; Supplement on PCA by J. Schlens 
PS 4 
T May 22 
Guest lecture by Prof. Gerald Loeb on neuromuscular control and spinal regulators 


Th May 24 
Guest lecture by Prof. Jim Weiland on the retinal prosthesis 


T May 29 
Guest lecture by Prof. Francisco ValeroCuevas on muscle synergies and redundancy 
Kutch & ValeroCuevas 2011; Kutch & ValeroCuevas 2012 

Th May 31 
Guest lecture by Prof. Norberto Grzywacz on reengineering the retina 

Lee et al. 2011 
T June 5 
Detecting spike patterns 
Fellous et al. 2004; Supplement on PCA by J. Schlens 

Th June 7 
Journal paper presentations 

