Bernstein Seminar "Constraining the reservoir: Heterogeneity and non-random connectivity in reservoir computing"

May 4, 2021

Freiburg (zoom) (Germany)


Abigail Morrison

SimLab Neuroscience Jülich Research Center IAS-6 / INM-6 / SimLab Neuroscience Jülich Research Center & Computer Science 3 - Software Engineering RWTH Aachen | 

Reservoir computing is a promising framework to study cortical computation, as it is based on continuous, online processing and the requirements and operating principles are compatible with cortical circuit dynamics. However, the framework has issues that limit its scope as a generic model for cortical processing. The most obvious of these is that, in traditional models, learning is restricted to the output projections and takes place in a fully supervised manner. If such an output layer is interpreted at face value as downstream computation, this is biologically questionable. If it is interpreted merely as a demonstration that the network can accurately represent the information, this immediately raises the question of what would be biologically plausible mechanisms for transmitting the information represented by a reservoir and incorporating it in downstream computations.

Another major issue is that we have as yet only modest insight into how the structural and dynamical features of a network influence its computational capacity, which is necessary not only for gaining an understanding of those features in biological brains, but also for exploiting reservoir computing as a neuromorphic application. In this talk, I will present our recent work towards understanding both the role of heterogeneity and connectivity patterns in enhancing the computational properties of a network, and how the output of a reservoir can be reliably transmitted to, and transformed by, downstream networks. Finally, I will give a brief taster of our current efforts to apply the reservoir computing framework to magnetic systems as an approach to neuromorphic computing.


Hosted by Ulrich EGERT


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May 04, 2021
from 05:15 PM to 06:00 PM

Zoom Meeting. You can contact Fiona Siegfried for meeting ID and password.