BIO-465 / 4 credits

Teacher: Gerstner Wulfram

Language: English


Summary

In this course we study mathematical models of neurons and neuronal networks in the context of biology and establish links to models of cognition. The focus is on brain dynamics approximated by determinstic or stochatic differnetial equations.

Content

Keywords

neural networks, neuronal dynamics, computational neuroscience, mathematical modeling in biology, applied mathematics, brain, cognition, neurons, memory, learning, plasticity

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

undergraduate math at the level of electrical engineering or physics majors

undergraduate physics.

Recommended courses

Analysis I-III, linear algebra, probability and statistics
For SSV students: Dynamical Systems Theory for Engineers or "Mathematical and Computational Models in Biology"

Important concepts to start the course

Differential equations, stochastic processes,

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Analyze two-dimensional models in the phase plane
  • Solve linear one-dimensional differential equations
  • Develop a simplified model by separation of time scales
  • Analyze connected networks in the mean-field limit
  • Formulate stochastic models of biological phenomena
  • Formalize biological facts into mathematical models
  • Prove stability and convergence
  • Apply model concepts in simulations
  • Predict outcome of dynamics
  • Describe neuronal phenomena

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Collect data.
  • Write a scientific or technical report.

Teaching methods

Classroom teaching, exercises and miniproject. One of the two exercise hours is integrated into the lectures.

Expected student activities

- participate in ALL in-class exercises.

- do all homework exercises (paper-and-pencil)

- study video lectures if you miss a class

- study suggested textbook sections for in-depth understanding of material

- submit miniprojects

Assessment methods

Written exam (70%) & miniproject (30%)

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others

Resources

Bibliography

 Gerstner, Kistler, Naud, Pansinski : Neuronal Dynamics, Cambridge Univ. Press 2014

Ressources en bibliothèque

Notes/Handbook

The textbook is online at: http://neuronaldynamics.epfl.ch/

Videos

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exam form: Written (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Biological modeling of neural networks
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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