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Computational NeuroscienceArtificial Neural NetworkReinforcement LearningBiological Neuron Model

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English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Introduction & Basic Neurobiology (Rajesh Rao)

This module includes an Introduction to Computational Neuroscience, along with a primer on Basic Neurobiology.

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6 videos (Total 89 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
1.2 Computational Neuroscience: Descriptive Models11m
1.3 Computational Neuroscience: Mechanistic and Interpretive Models12m
1.4 The Electrical Personality of Neurons23m
1.5 Making Connections: Synapses20m
1.6 Time to Network: Brain Areas and their Function17m
6 readings
Welcome Message & Course Logistics10m
About the Course Staff10m
Syllabus and Schedule10m
Matlab & Octave Information and Tutorials10m
Python Information and Tutorials10m
Week 1 Lecture Notes10m
2 practice exercises
Matlab/Octave Programming1h
Python Programming1h
Week
2
4 hours to complete

What do Neurons Encode? Neural Encoding Models (Adrienne Fairhall)

This module introduces you to the captivating world of neural information coding. You will learn about the technologies that are used to record brain activity. We will then develop some mathematical formulations that allow us to characterize spikes from neurons as a code, at increasing levels of detail. Finally we investigate variability and noise in the brain, and how our models can accommodate them.

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8 videos (Total 167 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
2.2 Neural Encoding: Simple Models12m
2.3 Neural Encoding: Feature Selection22m
2.4 Neural Encoding: Variability23m
Vectors and Functions (by Rich Pang)30m
Convolutions and Linear Systems (by Rich Pang)16m
Change of Basis and PCA (by Rich Pang)18m
Welcome to the Eigenworld! (by Rich Pang)24m
3 readings
Welcome Message10m
Week 2 Lecture Notes and Tutorials10m
IMPORTANT: Quiz Instructions10m
1 practice exercise
Spike Triggered Averages: A Glimpse Into Neural Encoding1h
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Extracting Information from Neurons: Neural Decoding (Adrienne Fairhall)

In this module, we turn the question of neural encoding around and ask: can we estimate what the brain is seeing, intending, or experiencing just from its neural activity? This is the problem of neural decoding and it is playing an increasingly important role in applications such as neuroprosthetics and brain-computer interfaces, where the interface must decode a person's movement intentions from neural activity. As a bonus for this module, you get to enjoy a guest lecture by well-known computational neuroscientist Fred Rieke.

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6 videos (Total 114 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
3.2 Population Coding and Bayesian Estimation24m
3.3 Reading Minds: Stimulus Reconstruction11m
Fred Rieke on Visual Processing in the Retina14m
Gaussians in One Dimension (by Rich Pang)30m
Probability distributions in 2D and Bayes' Rule (by Rich Pang)13m
2 readings
Welcome Message10m
Week 3 Lecture Notes and Supplementary Material10m
1 practice exercise
Neural Decoding30m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Information Theory & Neural Coding (Adrienne Fairhall)

This module will unravel the intimate connections between the venerable field of information theory and that equally venerable object called our brain.

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5 videos (Total 98 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
4.2 Calculating Information in Spike Trains17m
4.3 Coding Principles19m
What's up with entropy? (by Rich Pang)25m
Information theory? That's crazy! (by Rich Pang)16m
2 readings
Welcome Message10m
Week 4 Lecture Notes and Supplementary Material10m
1 practice exercise
Information Theory & Neural Coding1h
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By JRApr 8th 2018

Extremely enlightening course on how Neuron's work and the science of computational neuroscience. Even if you don't want to get into the complex mathematics you can get a lot out of the course

By CMJun 15th 2017

This course is an excellent introduction to the field of computational neuroscience, with engaging lectures and interesting assignments that make learning the material easy.

Instructors

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Rajesh P. N. Rao

Professor
Computer Science & Engineering
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Adrienne Fairhall

Associate Professor
Physiology and Biophysics

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