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PHYS5150: Neural Dynamics and Computation (HDR)

2024 unit information

How do neural circuits communicate information? What happens in our brain when we make a decision? What are computational principles of biological and artificial intelligence? Computational modelling and theoretical analysis are important tools for addressing these fundamental questions and for determining the functioning mechanisms of the brain. This interdisciplinary unit will provide a thorough and up-to-date introduction to the fields of computational neuroscience and neurophysics. You will learn to develop basic models of how neurons process information and perform quantitative analyses of real neural circuits in action. These models include neural activity dynamics at many different scales, including the biophysical, the circuit and the system levels. Basic data analytics of neural recordings at these levels will also be explored. In addition, you will become familiar with the computational principles underlying perception and cognition, and algorithms of deep learning; you will apply this knowledge for building-inspired artificial intelligence networks. Your theoretical learning will be complemented by inquiry-led practical classes that reinforce the above concepts. By doing this unit, you will develop the capacity to undertake research in the fields of brain and brain-inspired computing.

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Physics Academic Operations

Code PHYS5150
Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
144cp of units including (MATH1X01 or MATH1X21 or MATH1906 or MATH1931) and MATH1X02
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Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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