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Postgraduate Course: Computational Neuroscience of Vision (INFR11037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/courses/cnv Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course focuses on understanding the computational mechanisms underlying animal visual systems that are similar to those of humans. The main emphasis is on how the properties of neurons across the two-dimensional surface of the visual cortex are organised topographically to represent and transform the relevant features of visual stimuli. Because the visual cortex is the primary model system for understanding the cortex in general, the course also acts as an introduction to computational processing in all topographically organised cortical regions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For Informatics and Neuroscience PG and final year MInf students only, or by special permission of the School.

It is expected that students will have a general background in computer science, including some programming experience, and will be comfortable with basic mathematics. Compared to PMR, LFD, and NC, this course is not as heavily mathematical, focusing more on biological concepts and computational implementation using existing primitives. Biological and/or neuroscience background would be very helpful but is not required. CCN, NIP, and NC are worthwhile companion or prior courses.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2012/13 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 12:10 - 13:00
CentralLecture1-11 12:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 12:10 - 13:00, Zone: Central. 108, 24 Buccleuch Place
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Describe the roles of computational models in biology and informatics
2 - Summarise the basic architecture, development, and known computational functions of early visual areas in humans and monkeys
3 - Search the neuroscientific literature for relevant experimental data
4 - Describe and evaluate different types of computational models
5 - Implement simple models of feature map development and function
6 - Analyse the results of models to make predictions for future experiments
Assessment Information
Written Examination 50
Assessed Assignments 50
Oral Presentations 0

Assessment
There will be two assessed assignments consisting of literature reviews, modeling project design, and simulations of biological visual systems using the Topographica simulator.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus *Biological Background
Role of computational models in biology, relation of biological models to computer vision, early visual processing, primary visual cortex, face and object processing, visual system development

*Computational Modeling Levels and Approaches
Unit models, topographic map models

*Models of the Development of Feature Maps in V1
E.g. separate and combined maps for topography, orientation, ocular dominance, motion direction, colour, and spatial frequency

*Modeling Adult Processing in V1
E.g. orientation and motion direction estimation, visual aftereffects, plasticity, contour segmentation and grouping

*Higher-level Processing
E.g. modeling face detection and recognition, object detection and recognition, invariant responses (viewpoint, size, translation)

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Simulation and Modeling, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Image Processing
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list * Miikkulainen, Bednar, Choe, and Sirosh, Computational Maps in Visual Cortex (Springer, 2005), ISBN 0-387-22024-0.
* Other notes as distributed in class.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 20
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 40
Private Study/Other 40
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Iain Murray
Tel: (0131 6)51 9078
Email: I.Murray@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Email: Kate.Weston@ed.ac.uk
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