Cognitive Neural Networks - CO636

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR M Grzes

Pre-requisites

CO322 or A-Level Mathematics or equivalent

Restrictions

This module cannot be taken with CO836 Cognitive Neural Networks

2017-18

Overview

In this module you learn what is meant by neural networks and how to explain the mathematical equations that underlie them. You also build neural networks using state of the art simulation technology and apply these networks to the solution of problems. In addition, the module discusses examples of computation applied to neurobiology and cognitive psychology.

Details

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Contact hours

22 lectures, 16 practicals

Preliminary reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Discuss examples of neural networks as applied to neurobiology.
Describe which is meant by neural networks, list a number of types of network and give a brief description of each together with some examples of their (actual or potential) applications
Select the appropriate neural network paradigm for a particular problem and be able to justify this choice based on knowledge of the properties and potential of this paradigm. To be able to compare the general capabilities of a number of such paradigms and give an overview of their comparative strengths and weaknesses
Explain the mathematical equations that underlie neural networks, both the equations that define activation transfer and those that define learning
Analyse cognitive and neurobiological phenomena from the point of view of their being computational systems. To be able to take these phenomena and identify the features which are important for computational problem solving
Build neural networks using state of the art simulation technology and apply these networks to the solution of problems. In particular, to select from the canon of learning algorithms which is appropriate for a particular problem domain
Discuss examples of computation applied to neurobiology and cognitive psychology, both in the instrumental sense of the application of computers in modelling and in the sense of using computational concepts as a way of understanding how biological and cognitive systems function. To be able to analyse related systems not directly studied in the module in a similar fashion

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