Computational Neuroscience

Product type
Logo Coursera (CC)
Provider rating: starstarstarstar_halfstar_border 7.2 Coursera (CC) has an average rating of 7.2 (out of 6 reviews)

Need more information? Get more details on the site of the provider.

Description

When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: This course provides an introduction to basic computational methods for understanding what nervous systems do and for determining how they function. We will explore the computational principles governing various aspects of vision, sensory-motor control, learning, and memory. Specific topics that will be covered include representation of information by spiking neurons, processing of information in neural networks, and algorithms for adaptation and learning. We will make use of Matlab/Octave/Python demonstrations and exercises to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and methods introduced in the course. The course is primarily aimed at third- or fourth-year undergrad…

Read the complete description

Frequently asked questions

There are no frequently asked questions yet. If you have any more questions or need help, contact our customer service.

Didn't find what you were looking for? See also: Neural Networks, Python, R Programming, Business Information Systems, and Programming (general).

When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

  • Free plan: No certicification and/or audit only. You will have access to all course materials except graded items.
  • Paid plan: Commit to earning a Certificate—it's a trusted, shareable way to showcase your new skills.

About this course: This course provides an introduction to basic computational methods for understanding what nervous systems do and for determining how they function. We will explore the computational principles governing various aspects of vision, sensory-motor control, learning, and memory. Specific topics that will be covered include representation of information by spiking neurons, processing of information in neural networks, and algorithms for adaptation and learning. We will make use of Matlab/Octave/Python demonstrations and exercises to gain a deeper understanding of concepts and methods introduced in the course. The course is primarily aimed at third- or fourth-year undergraduates and beginning graduate students, as well as professionals and distance learners interested in learning how the brain processes information.

Who is this class for: The course is primarily aimed at third- or fourth-year undergraduates and beginning graduate students, as well as professionals and distance learners interested in learning how the brain processes information.

Created by:  University of Washington
  • Taught by:  Rajesh P. N. Rao, Professor

    Computer Science & Engineering
  • Taught by:  Adrienne Fairhall, Associate Professor

    Physiology and Biophysics
Level Beginner Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.6 stars Average User Rating 4.6See what learners said Задания курса

Каждый курс — это интерактивный учебник, который содержит видеоматериалы, тесты и проекты.

Помощь сокурсников

Общайтесь с тысячами других учащихся: обсуждайте идеи, материалы курса и помогайте друг другу осваивать новые понятия.

Сертификаты

Получите документы о прохождении курсов и поделитесь своим успехом с друзьями, коллегами и работодателями.

University of Washington Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the West Coast and is one of the preeminent research universities in the world.

Syllabus


WEEK 1


Introduction & Basic Neurobiology (Rajesh Rao)
This module includes an Introduction to Computational Neuroscience, along with a primer on Basic Neurobiology.


6 videos, 6 readings, 2 practice quizzes expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Welcome Message & Course Logistics
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: About the Course Staff
  3. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Syllabus and Schedule
  4. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Matlab & Octave Information and Tutorials
  5. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Python Information and Tutorials
  6. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Week 1 Lecture Notes
  7. Video: 1.1 Course Introduction
  8. Video: 1.2 Computational Neuroscience: Descriptive Models
  9. Video: 1.3 Computational Neuroscience: Mechanistic and Interpretive Models
  10. Video: 1.4 The Electrical Personality of Neurons
  11. Video: 1.5 Making Connections: Synapses
  12. Video: 1.6 Time to Network: Brain Areas and their Function
  13. Тренировочный тест: Matlab/Octave Programming
  14. Тренировочный тест: Python Programming


WEEK 2


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.


8 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Welcome Message
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Week 2 Lecture Notes and Tutorials
  3. Video: 2.1 What is the Neural Code?
  4. Video: 2.2 Neural Encoding: Simple Models
  5. Video: 2.3 Neural Encoding: Feature Selection
  6. Video: 2.4 Neural Encoding: Variability
  7. Video: Vectors and Functions (by Rich Pang)
  8. Video: Convolutions and Linear Systems (by Rich Pang)
  9. Video: Change of Basis and PCA (by Rich Pang)
  10. Video: Welcome to the Eigenworld! (by Rich Pang)
  11. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: IMPORTANT: Quiz Instructions

Graded: Spike Triggered Averages: A Glimpse Into Neural Encoding

WEEK 3


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.


6 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Welcome Message
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Week 3 Lecture Notes and Supplementary Material
  3. Video: 3.1 Neural Decoding and Signal Detection Theory
  4. Video: 3.2 Population Coding and Bayesian Estimation
  5. Video: 3.3 Reading Minds: Stimulus Reconstruction
  6. Video: Fred Rieke on Visual Processing in the Retina
  7. Video: Gaussians in One Dimension (by Rich Pang)
  8. Video: Probability distributions in 2D and Bayes' Rule (by Rich Pang)

Graded: Neural Decoding

WEEK 4


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.


5 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Welcome Message
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Week 4 Lecture Notes and Supplementary Material
  3. Video: 4.1 Information and Entropy
  4. Video: 4.2 Calculating Information in Spike Trains
  5. Video: 4.3 Coding Principles
  6. Video: What's up with entropy? (by Rich Pang)
  7. Video: Information theory? That's crazy! (by Rich Pang)

Graded: Information Theory & Neural Coding

WEEK 5


Computing in Carbon (Adrienne Fairhall)



This module takes you into the world of biophysics of neurons, where you will meet one of the most famous mathematical models in neuroscience, the Hodgkin-Huxley model of action potential (spike) generation. We will also delve into other models of neurons and learn how to model a neuron's structure, including those intricate branches called dendrites.


7 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Welcome Message
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Week 5 Lecture Notes and Supplementary Material
  3. Video: 5.1 Modeling Neurons
  4. Video: 5.2 Spikes
  5. Video: 5.3 Simplified Model Neurons
  6. Video: 5.4 A Forest of Dendrites
  7. Video: Eric Shea-Brown on Neural Correlations and Synchrony
  8. Video: Dynamical Systems Theory Intro Part 1: Fixed points (by Rich Pang)
  9. Video: Dynamical Systems Theory Intro Part 2: Nullclines (by Rich Pang)

Graded: Computing in Carbon

WEEK 6


Computing with Networks (Rajesh Rao)



This module explores how models of neurons can be connected to create network models. The first lecture shows you how to model those remarkable connections between neurons called synapses. This lecture will leave you in the company of a simple network of integrate-and-fire neurons which follow each other or dance in synchrony. In the second lecture, you will learn about firing rate models and feedforward networks, which transform their inputs to outputs in a single "feedforward" pass. The last lecture takes you to the dynamic world of recurrent networks, which use feedback between neurons for amplification, memory, attention, oscillations, and more!


3 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Welcome Message
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Week 6 Lecture Notes and Tutorials
  3. Video: 6.1 Modeling Connections Between Neurons
  4. Video: 6.2 Introduction to Network Models
  5. Video: 6.3 The Fascinating World of Recurrent Networks

Graded: Computing with Networks

WEEK 7


Networks that Learn: Plasticity in the Brain & Learning (Rajesh Rao)



This module investigates models of synaptic plasticity and learning in the brain, including a Canadian psychologist's prescient prescription for how neurons ought to learn (Hebbian learning) and the revelation that brains can do statistics (even if we ourselves sometimes cannot)! The next two lectures explore unsupervised learning and theories of brain function based on sparse coding and predictive coding.


4 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Welcome Message
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Week 7 Lecture Notes and Tutorials
  3. Video: 7.1 Synaptic Plasticity, Hebb's Rule, and Statistical Learning
  4. Video: 7.2 Introduction to Unsupervised Learning
  5. Video: 7.3 Sparse Coding and Predictive Coding
  6. Video: Gradient Ascent and Descent (by Rich Pang)

Graded: Networks that Learn

WEEK 8


Learning from Supervision and Rewards (Rajesh Rao)



In this last module, we explore supervised learning and reinforcement learning. The first lecture introduces you to supervised learning with the help of famous faces from politics and Bollywood, casts neurons as classifiers, and gives you a taste of that bedrock of supervised learning, backpropagation, with whose help you will learn to back a truck into a loading dock.The second and third lectures focus on reinforcement learning. The second lecture will teach you how to predict rewards à la Pavlov's dog and will explore the connection to that important reward-related chemical in our brains: dopamine. In the third lecture, we will learn how to select the best actions for maximizing rewards, and examine a possible neural implementation of our computational model in the brain region known as the basal ganglia. The grand finale: flying a helicopter using reinforcement learning!


4 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Welcome Message and Concluding Remarks
  2. Материал для самостоятельного изучения: Week 8 Lecture Notes and Supplementary Material
  3. Video: 8.1 Neurons as Classifiers and Supervised Learning
  4. Video: 8.2 Reinforcement Learning: Predicting Rewards
  5. Video: 8.3 Reinforcement Learning: Time for Action!
  6. Video: Eb Fetz on Bidirectional Brain-Computer Interfaces

Graded: Learning from Supervision and Rewards
There are no reviews yet.

Share your review

Do you have experience with this course? Submit your review and help other people make the right choice. As a thank you for your effort we will donate $1.- to Stichting Edukans.

There are no frequently asked questions yet. If you have any more questions or need help, contact our customer service.