Syllabus for 15-883 Fall '13:
Computational Models of Neural Systems

Version of August 26, 2013
David S. Touretzky

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Readings archive

1. Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

1.1 Brains and Computation [Mon. August 26] Slides: Course intro, and Brains and Computation

1.2 Neurophysiology for Computer Scientists [Wed. August 28] Slides

No Class on Labor Day [Mon. September 2]

2. Cerebellum

2.1 Anatomy of the Cerebellum [Wed. September 4] slides

2.2 Table Lookup/Basis Function Models [Mon. September 9] slides

2.3 Cerebellar Forward and Inverse Models in Motor Control [Wed. September 11] slides

2.4 Cerebellar Timing and Classical Conditioning [Mon. September 16] slides

2.5 Dynamics of Parallel Fibers and Purkinje Cells [Wed. September 18] slides

3. The Hippocampus

3.1 Vectors, Matrices, and Associative Memory [Mon. September 23] Slides

3.2 Anatomy of the Hippocampal System [Wed. September 25] Slides

3.3 Marr's Associative Memory Model, Part I [Mon. September 30] slides

3.4 Marr's Associative Memory Model, Part II [Wed. October 2] slides

3.5 Pattern Completion/Separation [Mon. October 7] slides

3.6 Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map [Wed. October 9] slides

3.7 Entorhinal Grid Cells and Path Integration [Mon. October 14] slides

Midterm Exam [Wed. October 16]

3.8 Theta, Gamma, and Working Memory [Mon. October 21] slides

4. Neural Basis of Learning and Memory

4.1 Synaptic Learning Rules [Wed. October 23] slides

4.2 Synaptic Plasticity and the NMDA receptor [Mon. October 28] slides

5. Conditioning and Reinforcement Learning

5.1 The Rescorla-Wagner Model and Its Descendants [Wed. October 30] slides

5.2 Predictive Hebbian Learning [Mon. November 4] slides

6. Basal Ganglia

6.1 Anatomy of the basal ganglia [Wed. November 6] slides

Society for Neuroscience Meeting, November 9-13 (no class)

6.2 Reinforcement learning models of the basal ganglia [Mon. November 18] slides

Start Work on Modeling Project

7. Cortical Representations

7.1 Coordinate Transformations In Parietal Cortex [Wed. November 20] slides

7.2 Probablistic Population Codes in Cortex [Mon. November 25] slides

No class on Wednesday, November 27 (day before Thanksgiving)

8. Visual System

8.1 Low-Level Vision: Retina, LGN, and V1 [Mon. December 2] slides and more slides

8.2 Models of Object Recognition in Temporal Cortex [Wed. December 4] slides and more slides

Final Exam: [Thurs. December 12]

Final exam Thursday, December 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Location: Gates-Hillman room 4215.

Final Projects are due Dec. 16, by 5:00 PM.

Dave Touretzky