CNS/Bi/Ph/CS 187
Neural Computation

Fall 2006
Tuesday & Thursday
10:30am - 12:00pm
080 Moore

Professor: Erik Winfree
204 Moore, x6246
Office Hours: by arrangement

Teaching Assistants

Joe Levine
Office: TBA, Phone: TBA
Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 7pm-9pm
239 Moore
email to TAs should be sent to
yes, that's "cns187_ta"
Nadine Dabby
Office: 210B Moore, Phone: x6973
Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 7pm-9pm
239 Moore

Course Objectives:

This course investigates computation by neurons. Of primary concern are models of neural computation and their neurological substrate, as well as the physics of collective computation. Thus, neurobiology is used as a motivating factor to introduce the relevant algorithms. Topics include rate-code neural networks, their differential equations and equivalent circuits; stochastic models and their energy functions; associative memory; supervised and unsupervised learning; development; spike-based computing; single-cell computation; error and noise tolerance.

Master Syllabus

General Information

Problem Sets and Solutions

Supplementary Handouts, Info Sheets, and References

Related World Wide Web Links

Note: Material on this web site was developed over many generations of CNS 185 at Caltech and Mol 437 at Princeton. Many thanks to the efforts of all involved!

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