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Aditya Gilra (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
Date & Time
Thu, 03 August 2017, 14:00 to 15:00
Emmy Noether Seminar Room, ICTS Campus, Bangalore

To plan and control movement, the brain must construct a model of the non-linear dynamics of the body in response to neuro-muscular commands. How a network of spiking neurons (in the brain) can learn such a model, by adjusting interconnection weights in a biologically plausible way, is still unresolved. As an advance in this direction, we propose a local and stable learning scheme, Feedback-based Online Local Learning Of Weights (FOLLOW) [Gilra and Gerstner, arXiv:1702.06463]. We show that the learning scheme is uniformly stable with the error going to zero asymptotically, under reasonable approximations. We apply the FOLLOW scheme to enable a network of interconnected spiking neurons to learn the dynamics of a linear, non-linear or chaotic example system. We also make the network learn the dynamics of a simplified two-link arm, then use the network to control the arm, to draw a desired shape on a wall. Ongoing extensions will also be discussed.