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Courses in the winter semester 2021/22

Please note that due to the IT attack on the TU Berlin, it is currently not possible to edit this website. So unfortunately not all information is kept up to date.

You can therefore find our course offer in the winter semester 2021/22 here.

Reduced course portfolio due to COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the Neural Information Processing group might not offer all courses for the SoSe 2021. Further information of the execution can be found on ISIS.

The following courses will be offered:

- Praktisches Programmieren und Rechneraufbau 

- Machine intelligence II 

- Einführung in die Informatik . Vertiefung 

- NI-Projekt

The following courses might take place (not decided yet):

- Advanced topics in reinforcement learning

Neural Information Processing Group

We are concerned with the principles underlying information processing in biological systems. On the one hand we want to understand how the brain computes, on the other hand we want to utilize the strategies employed by biological systems for machine learning applications. Our research interests cover three thematic areas.

Models of Neuronal Systems:

Lupe

In collaboration with neurobiologists and clinicians we study how the visual system processes visual information. Research topics include: cortical dynamics, the representation of visual information, adaptation and plasticity, and the role of feedback. More recently we became interested in how perception is linked to cognitive function, and we began to study computational models of decision making in uncertain environments, and how those processes interact with perception and memory.

Machine Learning and Neural Networks:

Lupe

Here we investigate how machines can learn from examples in order to predict and (more recently) act. Research topics include the learning of proper representations, active and semisupervised learning schemes, and prototype-based methods. Motivated by the model-based analysis of decision making in humans we also became interested in reinforcement learning schemes and how these methods can be extended to cope with multi-objective cost functions. In collaboration with colleagues from the application domains, machine learning methods are applied to different problems ranging from computer vision, information retrieval, to chemoinformatics.

Analysis of Neural Data:

Lupe

Here we are interested to apply machine learning and statistical methods to the analysis of multivariate biomedical data, in particular to data which form the basis of our computational studies of neural systems. Research topics vary and currently include spike-sorting and the analysis of multi-tetrode recordings, confocal microscopy and 3D-reconstruction techniques, and the analysis of imaging data. Recently we became interested in the analysis of multimodal data, for example, correlating anatomical, imaging, and genetic data.

Selected Publications

Cortical Reorganization Consistent with Spike Timing- but not Correlation-Dependent Plasticity
Citation key Young2007a
Author Young, J. and Waleszczyk, W. and Wang, C. and Calford, M. and Dreher, B. and Obermayer, K.
Pages 887 – 889
Year 2007
DOI 10.1038/nn1913
Journal Nat. Neurosci.
Volume 10
Abstract The receptive fields of neurons in primary visual cortex that are inactivated by retinal damage are known to 'shift' to nondamaged retinal locations, seemingly due to the plasticity of intracortical connections. We have observed in cats that these shifts occur in a pattern that is highly convergent, even among receptive fields that are separated by large distances before inactivation. Here we show, using a computational model of primary visual cortex, that the observed convergent shifts are inconsistent with the common assumption that the underlying intracortical connection plasticity is dependent on the temporal correlation of pre- and postsynaptic action potentials. The shifts are, however, consistent with the hypothesis that this plasticity is dependent on the temporal order of pre- and postsynaptic action potentials. This convergent reorganization seems to require increased neuronal gain, revealing a mechanism that networks may use to selectively facilitate the didactic transfer of neuronal response properties.
Bibtex Type of Publication Selected:main selected:adaptation selected:publications
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