15-883: Computational Models of Neural Systems
Fall 2011

General Class Information

Date/Time/Place: Mondays/Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:50 PM, starting August 29, 2011, in GHC 4101 (Gates Hillman Center).
Instructor: Dave Touretzky, 9013 GHC (drop by any time, or email for an appointment)
email: dst@cs.cmu.edu, phone: 412-268-7561
Credits: 12 units (CMU), 4 credits (Pitt), 1 core unit (CS or Robotics)
Materials: selected journal articles and book chapters. Copies are available online in the readings archive.
Evaluation: problem sets, small programming project, and midterm and final exams.
Prior familiarity with either computer science or neuroscience. Computer science students should have passed an AI course. Neuroscience students should have at least some prior experience with computation, such as an undergraduate programming class.
This course is an in-depth study of information processing in real neural systems from a computer science perspective. We will examine several brain areas, such as the hippocampus and cerebellum, where processing is sufficiently well understood that it can be discussed in terms of specific representations and algorithms. We will focus primarily on computer models of these systems, after establishing the necessary anatomical, physiological, and psychophysical context. There will be some neuroscience tutorial lectures for those with no prior background in this area.
Course home page (this page): http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/academic/class/15883-f11

Syllabus and Lecture Schedule

Readings Archive

Matlab demos

Handouts: homeworks, exams, miscellaneous materials.

Recommended Resources on Computational Neuroscience:

Online Resources:

CogNet contains digital versions of many MIT Press books on computational neuroscience topics.

MATLAB Function Reference, Getting Started with MATLAB

Anatomy: BrainInfo, The Digital Anatomist, The Whole Brain Atlas

Dave Touretzky
Carnegie Mellon University