EE585 Spring 2015: Neural Computation


Announcements
  • THURSDAY APR 23: Babysitter came through. We will hold class as usual!
Assignments
Lectures
  • Download the DyKnow Client onto your personal Windows machine.
  • Lecture 1 (Apr. 2): Defining neural computation.
  • Lecture 2 (Apr. 7): Electrical signalling in the nervous system + characterizing neural firing.
  • Lecture 3 (Apr. 9): Characterizing neural firing.
  • Lecture 4 (Apr. 14): Sensory mapping
  • Lecture 5 (Apr. 21): Sensory encoding / receptive fields.
Supplementary
Data
Other useful links
  • MATLAB Tutorial
    Under "Tutorial Options", go through the following
    • MATLAB examples -> Getting Started with MATLAB
    • MATLAB examples -> Working in The Development Environment
    • MATLAB examples -> Writing a MATLAB program
    • MATLAB examples -> Basic Matrix Operations
    • Getting Started with MATLAB (User's Guide)

Course outline

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 1.1­-1.4, 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 end-of-quarter presentation Journal article presentation
T Apr 21 Anatomical mapping of sensory spaces; tuning curves. Dayan and Abbott 1.1­-1.4, 2.2, 7.2; Georgopoulos et al PS 2
Th Apr 23 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