This is the home page for the School of Informatics course "CNV: Computational Neuroscience of Vision", given by James A. Bednar in January-March 2008.
This course uses the Topographica neural simulator and the Computational Maps in the Visual Cortex book; see the topographica.org and computationalmaps.org web sites for more details on the simulator and book.
You will get a chance to run simulations of visual cortex development and function, and gain an understanding of what modeling can achieve, what it cannot, and how modeling can be done well. See the course for more details on the topics to be covered.
13 Sep 07: These pages will be updated regularly once the semester begins, so please check this page and the lecture notes page at least weekly for news. Be sure to refresh both pages in your browser before deciding there is no news.
08 Jan 08: I have posted some MSc projects closely related to the course topics. Students in CNV are very well suited for any of these projects, and will be able to use what they learn in CNV to get started very quickly on the project. Just search for "Bednar" in the projects list. You can also discuss ideas for other projects with me.
15 Jan 08: You may be interested in some of the talks in the DTC Neuroinformatics Research course, relevant, particularly the ones by David Willshaw and Alex Thiele. The DTC students in the course attend these talks already, but other CNV students can also attend if they want.
Also note that you are encouraged to apply to the DTC for PhD study. Of course, MSc students taking CNV will often have taken many of the courses that are part of the DTC MSc year, but we can usually be flexible in such cases.
13 Feb 08: On Thursday, 14 Feb, CNV will be meeting in Appleton Tower Computer Lab South on Level 5, and working on the first assignment. I'll be answering questions, and helping everyone find a partner.
Last updated: 2008/02/13 21:36:30
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