Syllabus for Brain-inspired Computing
Open online course, Fall 2020 (PDF version)
Responsible: Dr. Zhibin Zhang, Division of Solid-State Electronics, Department of Electrical Engineering, The Ångström Laboratory. 070 4250 820. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates and time: From Nov. to Dec. 2020, 4 weeks.
Virtual classroom: online with Zoom, https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/ 658 758 7424
Main fields of study: Electronics, engineering sciences, physics, computer science, neuroscience.
Participants: The course will target participants with a Bachelor degree in engineering, electronics, natural sciences, mathematics or a similar subject field.
Course materials: presentation, assignments, a limited amount of articles
Maximal number of participants: 80
Aim and scope
The general aim of this course is to provide the participants basic knowledge of how the brain, as a natural powerful analogue computer, performs cognitive processes such as associative memory and recognition. This course concerns the emerging neuromorphic computing for potential applications in digitalization and connection in industry, Industry 4.0, AI, Big Data, self-driving vehicles, etc.
Through the completion of the course, the participants should be able to understand how the human brain performs cognitive processes and how the working principles are applied to spiking neural network (SNN). In detail, the participants shall be able to
- understand the electrical behaviors of a single neuron and synaptic connections,
- be familiar with the characteristic features of neuronal populations,
- describe how the brain performs cognitive processes, e.g., learning, memory and recognition,
- explain how the basic working principles of the brain are applied in SNN.
The contents include a series of lectures and assignments in (1) the introduction of the brain-inspired neuromorphic computing, (2) the biological facts and characteristic electrical behaviors of individual neurons, (3) the biological facts and characteristic electrical behaviors of synaptic connections, (4) the fundamentals of neuronal population and perceptions, (6) the learning process with synapses, (7) the models of cognitive processes, e.g., associative memory and recognition, (9)the concepts of spiking neural network, the third generation of artificial neural network model. Assignments follow all lectures.
All the lecturing starts at 10 am sharp.
|48||23/11/2020||Background, and mathematical preliminaries||Zhibin Zhang|
|25/11/2020||A glance from the brain to the cell||Zhibin Zhang|
|49||30/11/2020||The neuron and the physical models||Zhibin Zhang|
|02/12/2020||The synaptic connections between neurons||Chenyu Wen|
|50||07/12/2020||Learning with synaptic plasticity||Chenyu Wen|
|09/12/2020||The spiking neural network - a bio-plausible computation model||Viktor Mattsson|
|2||11/01/2021||Population of neurons||Zhibin Zhang|
|13/01/2021||Memory and recognition||Zhibin Zhang|
The course is mainly based on the following literatures:
- An Introductory Course in Computational Neuroscience, Miller, Paul, 2018, ISBN 9780262038256
- Neuronal Dynamics, Gerstner, Wulfram, 2014, ISBN 9781107635197
- B. Rajendran, etc. “Low-power neuromorphic hardware for signal processing applications”, IEEE Signal Processing Magzine, Nov 2019
- Tavanaei, M. Ghodrati, S. R. Kheradpisheh, T. Masquelier, and A. Maida, “Deep learning in spiking neural networks,” Neural Networks, vol. 111, pp. 47–63, 2019, doi: 10.1016/j.neunet.2018.12.002.
- J. H. Lee, T. Delbruck, and M. Pfeiffer, “Training deep spiking neural networks using backpropagation,” Front. Neurosci., vol. 10, no. NOV, 2016, doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00508.