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

Version of August 31, 2015
David S. Touretzky

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1. Introduction to Computational Neuroscience

1.1 Brains and Computation [Mon. August 31] Slides: Course intro, and Brains and Computation

1.2 Neurophysiology for Computer Scientists [Wed. September 2] Slides

No Class on Labor Day [Mon. September 7]

2. Cerebellum

Special resource (not required reading): Jaeger, D., Jorntell, H., and Kawato, M. (Eds.) Computation in the Cerebellum. Neural Networks, 47, November 2013. Special issue on the cerebellum.

2.1 Anatomy of the Cerebellum [Wed. September 9] slides

2.2 Table Lookup/Basis Function Models [Mon. September 14] slides

2.3 Cerebellar Forward and Inverse Models in Motor Control [Wed. September 16] slides

2.4 Cerebellar Timing and Classical Conditioning [Mon. September 21] slides

2.5 Dynamics of Parallel Fibers and Purkinje Cells [Wed. September 23] slides

3. The Hippocampus

3.1 Vectors, Matrices, and Associative Memory [Mon. September 28] Slides

3.2 Anatomy of the Hippocampal System [Wed. September 30] Slides

3.3 Marr's Associative Memory Model, Part I [Mon. October 5] slides

3.4 Marr's Associative Memory Model, Part II [Wed. October 7] slides

3.5 Pattern Completion/Separation [Mon. October 12] slides

Midterm Exam [Wed. October 14]

Society for Neuroscience Meeting, October 17-21 (no class)

3.6 Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map [Mon. October 26] slides

3.7 Entorhinal Grid Cells and Path Integration [Wed. October 28] slides

3.8 Theta, Gamma, and Working Memory [Mon. November 2] slides

4. Neural Basis of Learning and Memory

4.1 Synaptic Learning Rules [Wed. November 4] slides

4.2 Synaptic Plasticity and the NMDA receptor [Mon. November 9] slides

5. Conditioning and Reinforcement Learning

5.1 The Rescorla-Wagner Model and Its Descendants [Wed. November 11] slides

5.2 Predictive Hebbian Learning [Mon. November 16] slides

6. Basal Ganglia

6.1 Anatomy of the basal ganglia [Wed. November 18] slides

6.2 Reinforcement learning models of the basal ganglia [Mon. November 23] slides

Start Work on Modeling Project

No class on Wednesday, November 25 (day before Thanksgiving)

7. Cortical Representations

7.1 Coordinate Transformations In Parietal Cortex [Mon. November 30] slides

7.2 Probablistic Population Codes in Cortex [Wed. December 2] slides

8. Visual System

8.1 Low-Level Vision: Retina, LGN, and V1 [Mon. December 7] slides and more slides

8.2 Models of Object Recognition in Temporal Cortex [Wed. December 9] slides and more slides

Final Exam: (Tuesday, December 15)

The final exam will be from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Location TBD.

Modeling Projects are due Dec. 18, by 5:00 PM.

Dave Touretzky