15-883: Computational Models of Neural Systems
General Class Information
Course home page (this page): http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/academic/class/15883-s05
Syllabus and Lecture Schedule
Handouts: homeworks, exams, miscellaneous materials.
- Date/Time/Place: Mondays/Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:50 PM, starting January 10, 2005, in Wean Hall 4615A
- Dave Touretzky
- Office: 8128 Wean Hall (drop by any time, or email for an appointment)
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 412-268-7561
- Credits: 12 units (CMU), 4 credits (Pitt), 1 core unit (CS or Robotics)
- Selected journal articles and book chapters. Copies are available from
Jennifer Landefeld in Wean Hall 8120 and in a readings book at the
reservation desk in the E&S library.
- 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.
Recommended Books on Computational Neuroscience:
- P.S. Churchland and T.J. Sejnowski (1992) The Computational Brain. MIT Press.
- P. Dayan and L.F. Abbott (2001) Theoretical Neuroscience. MIT Press.
- T. Trappenberg (2002) Fundamentals of Computational Neuroscience.
Oxford University Press.
- P.S. Churchland (2002) Brain-Wise: Studies in Neural
Philosphy. MIT Press.
The Digital Anatomist: Interactive Brain Atlas
The Whole Brain Atlas
Getting Started with MATLAB
MATLAB Function Reference
Carnegie Mellon University