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Event-Based Computation for Touch Localization Based on Precise Spike Timing


Haessig, Germain; Milde, Moritz B; Aceituno, Pau Vilimelis; Oubari, Omar; Knight, James C; van Schaik, André; Benosman, Ryad B; Indiveri, Giacomo (2020). Event-Based Computation for Touch Localization Based on Precise Spike Timing. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 14:420.

Abstract

Precise spike timing and temporal coding are used extensively within the nervous system of insects and in the sensory periphery of higher order animals. However, conventional Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) and machine learning algorithms cannot take advantage of this coding strategy, due to their rate-based representation of signals. Even in the case of artificial Spiking Neural Networks (SNNs), identifying applications where temporal coding outperforms the rate coding strategies of ANNs is still an open challenge. Neuromorphic sensory-processing systems provide an ideal context for exploring the potential advantages of temporal coding, as they are able to efficiently extract the information required to cluster or classify spatio-temporal activity patterns from relative spike timing. Here we propose a neuromorphic model inspired by the sand scorpion to explore the benefits of temporal coding, and validate it in an event-based sensory-processing task. The task consists in localizing a target using only the relative spike timing of eight spatially-separated vibration sensors. We propose two different approaches in which the SNNs learns to cluster spatio-temporal patterns in an unsupervised manner and we demonstrate how the task can be solved both analytically and through numerical simulation of multiple SNN models. We argue that the models presented are optimal for spatio-temporal pattern classification using precise spike timing in a task that could be used as a standard benchmark for evaluating event-based sensory processing models based on temporal coding.

Abstract

Precise spike timing and temporal coding are used extensively within the nervous system of insects and in the sensory periphery of higher order animals. However, conventional Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) and machine learning algorithms cannot take advantage of this coding strategy, due to their rate-based representation of signals. Even in the case of artificial Spiking Neural Networks (SNNs), identifying applications where temporal coding outperforms the rate coding strategies of ANNs is still an open challenge. Neuromorphic sensory-processing systems provide an ideal context for exploring the potential advantages of temporal coding, as they are able to efficiently extract the information required to cluster or classify spatio-temporal activity patterns from relative spike timing. Here we propose a neuromorphic model inspired by the sand scorpion to explore the benefits of temporal coding, and validate it in an event-based sensory-processing task. The task consists in localizing a target using only the relative spike timing of eight spatially-separated vibration sensors. We propose two different approaches in which the SNNs learns to cluster spatio-temporal patterns in an unsupervised manner and we demonstrate how the task can be solved both analytically and through numerical simulation of multiple SNN models. We argue that the models presented are optimal for spatio-temporal pattern classification using precise spike timing in a task that could be used as a standard benchmark for evaluating event-based sensory processing models based on temporal coding.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Neuroinformatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Scopus Subject Areas:Life Sciences > General Neuroscience
Language:English
Date:19 May 2020
Deposited On:15 Feb 2021 17:27
Last Modified:16 Feb 2021 21:02
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
ISSN:1662-453X
OA Status:Gold
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2020.00420

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