227-0395-00L  Neural Systems

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersR. Hahnloser, M. F. Yanik, B. Grewe
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


227-0395-00 VNeural Systems2 hrs
Mon09:00-11:00ER SA TZ »
09:15-11:00ML D 28 »
17.02.09:15-11:00LFV E 41 »
R. Hahnloser, M. F. Yanik, B. Grewe
227-0395-00 UNeural Systems1 hrs
Mon11:00-12:00ER SA TZ »
11:15-12:00ETZ F 91 »
11:15-12:00ETZ K 91 »
11:15-12:00LFV E 41 »
11:15-12:00ML D 28 »
R. Hahnloser, M. F. Yanik, B. Grewe
227-0395-00 ANeural Systems1 hrsR. Hahnloser, M. F. Yanik, B. Grewe

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course introduces principles of information processing in neural systems. It covers basic neuroscience for engineering students, experiment techniques used in animal research and methods for inferring neural mechanisms. Students learn about neural information processing and basic principles of natural intelligence and their impact on artificially intelligent systems.
ObjectiveThis course introduces
- Basic neurophysiology and mathematical descriptions of neurons
- Methods for dissecting animal behavior
- Neural recordings in intact nervous systems and information decoding principles
- Methods for manipulating the state and activity in selective neuron types
- Neuromodulatory systems and their computational roles
- Reward circuits and reinforcement learning
- Imaging methods for reconstructing the synaptic networks among neurons
- Birdsong and language
- Neurobiological principles for machine learning.
ContentFrom active membranes to propagation of action potentials. From synaptic physiology to synaptic learning rules. From receptive fields to neural population decoding. From fluorescence imaging to connectomics. Methods for reading and manipulation neural ensembles. From classical conditioning to reinforcement learning. From the visual system to deep convolutional networks. Brain architectures for learning and memory. From birdsong to computational linguistics.
Prerequisites / NoticeBefore taking this course, students are encouraged to complete "Bioelectronics and Biosensors" (227-0393-10L).

As part of the exercises for this class, students are expected to complete a programming or literature review project to be defined at the beginning of the semester.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersR. Hahnloser, B. Grewe, M. F. Yanik
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThe student's grade is composed 3/4 by final exam and 1/4 by project (compulsory continuous performance assessment).
The project will be graded, if no project is submitted, this will result in a grade of 1.

Students repeating the course can decide at the beginning of the semester if they want to keep the previous grades of their continuous performance assessments (Project).
Written aidsnone (closed book exam)
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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