Useful Matlab references:

All these books are available in the bookstore. MacKay's book is also available online. Although these books will be the main references, additional books and primary source papers will be useful on a lecture by lecture basis. Reference material will be available as appropriate.

The following books are also highly recommended:

Arbib, M., *The Handbook of Brain Theory and Neural Networks*

P. Dayan and L.F. Abbott, * Theoretical Neuroscience *

Maass, W., and Bishop, C., *Pulsed Neural Networks*

Anderson, J.,* Neurocomputing Foundations of Research*

Ballard, D., *Introduction to Natural Computation*

Bishop, C., *Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition*

Kandel, E. Schwartz, J. and Jessell T.,
*Principles of Neural Science*

Koch, C., *Biophysics of Computation*

Minsky, M., *Computation: Finite and Infinite Machines*

Nicholls, J.,* From Neuron to Brain A Cellular & Molecular Approach to the Function of the Nervous System*

PDP Research Group Staff, * Parallel Distributed Processing Explorations in the Microstructure of Cognition, Vol. 1: Foundations*

Rieke, F., Warland, D., de Ruyter van Steveninck, R. and Bialek, W.,
* Spikes; Exploring the Neural Code*

Rumelhart, D., *Parallel Distributed Processing Explorations in the Microstructure of Cognition, Vol. 2: Psychological & Biological Models*

Shepard, G.,* The Synaptic Organization of the Brain*

Strogatz, S., *Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos*

Other references that may be helpful.

You may consult textbooks and web material about fundamental concepts in neural network, but you may not consult such material if it provides a solution to problem identical or nearly identical to the one in the CNS 187 homework set. Furthermore, you may not consult solution sets from previous years, or homework sets and/or solutions by students who took the course in previous years.

Homeworks will be posted on the course webpage on Thursdays and are due the following Friday before 5:00pm in the TA's mailboxes unless otherwise noted. The class mailbox is located on the first floor of Moore. Problem sets handed in late, but before 5pm on Monday will be penalized by 20%. Problem sets will not be accepted after this time, and therefore given an (F), as the solutions will have been posted on the web by Tuesday morning. One free extension to Monday will be granted to each student (don't use it up needlessly!); a longer extension requires permission from the instructor. Further extensions will only be granted for extreme circumstances (e.g. serious medical or family issues). Any non-emergency extensions must be cleared before the due date with the instructor or one of the TA's.