VS298 (Fall 06): Neural Computation
Professor: Bruno Olshausen
- Email: baolshausen AT berkeley DOT edu
- Office: 10 Giannini
- Office hours: TBD
GSI: Amir Khosrowshahi
- Email: amirk AT berkeley DOT edu
- Office: 523 Minor, 3-5996
- Office hours: TBD
This is a 3-unit course that provides an introduction to theory of neural computation. The goal is to familiarize students, especially those in neuroscience and psychology, with the theoretical underpinnings of models used in neuroscience and psychology, and to provide "hands-on" experience in using these models.
- Location: TBD
- Times: Two 1.5 hour lectures per week.
We will have an organizational meeting during the first week of class to determine a good time to meet.
Email list and forum
- Please email the GSI to be added to the class email list.
- A bulletin board is provided here for discussion regarding lecture material, readings, and problem sets.
Based on weekly homework assignments (60%) and a final project (40%).
Prerequisites are calculus, ordinary differential equations, basic probability and statistics, and linear algebra. Familiarity with programming in a high level language, ideally Matlab, is also required.
- [HKP] Hertz, J. and Krogh, A. and Palmer, R.G. Introduction to the theory of neural computation. Amazon
- [DJCM] MacKay, D.J.C. Information Theory, Inference and Learning Algorithms. available online or Amazon
- [DA] Dayan, P. and Abbott, L.F. Theoretical neuroscience: computational and mathematical modeling of neural systems. Amazon
Additional reading, such as primary source material, will be suggested on a lecture by lecture basis.
- Theory and modeling in neuroscience
- Descriptive vs. functional models
- Turing vs. neural computation
- Reading: HKP chapter 1
Linear neuron models
- Linear systems: vectors, matrices, linear neuron models
- Perceptron model and linear separability
- Reading: HKP chapter 5, DJCM chapters 38-40
- Perceptron learning rule
- Adaptation in linear neurons, Widrow-Hoff rule
- Objective functions and gradient descent
- Multilayer networks and backpropagation
- Reading: HKP chapter 6, 7, DJCM chapters 38-40
- Theory of associative reward-penalty
- Models and critics
- Reading: HKP chapter 8, DJCM chapter 36, DA chapter 9
- Linear Hebbian learning and PCA, decorrelation
- Winner-take-all networks and clustering
- Sparse, distributed coding
- Reading: HKP chapter 8, DJCM chapter 36, DA chapter 8
Plasticity and cortical maps
- Self-organizing maps, Kohonen nets
- Models of experience dependent learning and cortical reorganization
- Hopfield networks
- Pattern completion
- Line attractors and `bump circuits’
- Models of associative memory
Probabilistic models and inference
- Probability theory and Bayes’ rule
- Learning and inference in generative models
- The mixture of Gaussians model
- Boltzmann machines
- Sparse coding and ‘ICA’
- Integrate-and-fire model
- Neural encoding and decoding
- Limits of precision in neurons