9.49/9.490 Neural Circuits for Cognition, Fall 2019

Units: 3-0-9
Grading: A-F
Class times: Tuesday and Thursday: 2:30 -4:00 PM
Location: 46-3015
Instructor: Prof. Ila Fiete (fiete[at]mit.edu)
TAs:  Sugandha Sharma (susharma[at].mit.edu)
          Daniel Zysman (dzysman[at]mit.edu)

Office Hours:

                     Prof. Fiete: Tue 12:00-1:00 PM in 46-5065 
                     Sugandha: Wed 4:00-5:00 PM, Thur 1:00-2:00 PM in 46-5065

Stellar website: https://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/9/fa19/9.49/
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Syllabus: PDF
course schedule
Date Topic Assigned Readings Supplementary materials Homework
Thu 9.05 Preliminaries, overview.Slides Invariant visual representation by single neurons in the human brain
Visual Properties of Neurons in Inferotemporal Cortex of the Macaque
The Code for Facial Identity in the Primate Brain
What the Frog's Eye Tells the Frog's Brain
Visual Receptive Fields of Neurons in Inferotemporal Cortex of the Monkey
A Cortical Region Consisting Entirely of Face-Selective Cells
Tue 9.10 Neurobiology. Single cell models.Slides
Thu 9.12 Stability analysis and the bistable switch.Slides
Tue 9.17 Linear symmetric neural networks: analog memory and the oculomotor integrator.Slides Tutorial Repo
Handout Euler Method
Linear Algebra Review by Kolter
Linear Algebra Review by Jordan Linear first-order systems
Thu 9.19 Asymmetric networks.Slides HW1 (due Fri 10/4 by Midnight)
Tue 9.24 E-I balanced networks.Slides
Thu 9.26 Fast amplification in non-normal networks.Notes Slides
Tue 10.01 Non-normal dynamics continued.Notes Slides The cerebellum and cognitive function
Cerebellar function and dysfunction: circuit operations to cognition
Thu 10.03 Motor control and internal models.Notes Slides
Tue 10.08 Internal models, Cerebellum.Notes Slides HW2 (due Wed 10/16 by Midnight)
Thu 10.10 Cerebellum microcircuit and neural forward models.Slides
Tue 10.15 No Class (Columbus day vacation)
Thu 10.17 Neural feedback control & song learning in songbirds.Slides Sussilo and Abbott 2009
Gilra and Gerstner 2018
Tue 10.22 Songlearning in songbirds continued. Persistent Spiking Activity Underlies Working Memory
Choice-specific sequences in parietal cortex during a virtual-navigation decision task
Persistent activity in the prefrontal cortex during working memory (additional review)
Unsupervised Learning of Persistent and Sequential Activity (theoretical work)
Mnemonic Encoding and Cortical Organization in Parietal and Prefrontal Cortices (experiments).
HW3 (due Fri 11/1 by Midnight)
Thu 10.24 REINFORCE learning rule.Notes
Tue 10.29 REINFORCE learning rule continued.Notes
Thu 10.31 REINFORCE, synaptic learning from perturbations.Notes Slides
Tue 11.05 Perturbation theory continued.
Thu 11.07 Unsupervised learning.Notes Slides HW4 (due Tues 11/19 by Midnight)
Tue 11.12 Unsupervised learning with neural nets.Notes
Thu 11.14 Neural PCA and Winner-take-all.Notes
Tue 11.19 Winner-take-all dynamics.Slides
Thu 11.21 Phenomenology of neural spatial representations.Slides HW5 (due Fri 12/6 by midnight.)
Tue 11.26 Phenomenology of neural spatial representations continued. Final_project.pdf (due Tues 12/10 by 4pm; interim data due on Wed 12/4 by midnight.)
Thu 11.28 No Class (Thanksgiving)
Tue 12.03 Nonliner continuous attractors and integration.Notes Slides
Thu 12.05 Fisher Information, population codes, grid code.Notes Slides
Tue 12.10 High capacity codes with modularity.Slides

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