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Authors: Jochen Kerdels and Gabriele Peters

Affiliation: FernUniversitt in Hagen – University of Hagen, Human-Computer Interaction, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Universitätsstrasse 1 , D-58097 Hagen and Germany

ISBN: 978-989-758-327-8

ISSN: 2184-2825

Keyword(s): Cortical Column, Autoassociative Memory, Grid Cells, Attractor Dynamics.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Artificial Intelligence ; Biomedical Engineering ; Biomedical Signal Processing ; Computational Intelligence ; Computational Neuroscience ; Health Engineering and Technology Applications ; Human-Computer Interaction ; Methodologies and Methods ; Neural Networks ; Neurocomputing ; Neurotechnology, Electronics and Informatics ; Pattern Recognition ; Physiological Computing Systems ; Self-Organization and Emergence ; Sensor Networks ; Signal Processing ; Soft Computing ; Theory and Methods

Abstract: The cortex of mammals has a distinct, low-level structure consisting of six horizontal layers that are vertically connected by local groups of about 80 to 100 neurons forming so-called minicolumns. A well-known and widely discussed hypothesis suggests that this regular structure may indicate that there could be a common computational principle that governs the diverse functions performed by the cortex. However, no generally accepted theory regarding such a common principle has been presented so far. In this position paper we provide a novel perspective on a possible function of cortical columns. Based on our previous efforts to model the behaviour of entorhinal grid cells we argue that a single cortical column can function as an independent, autoassociative memory cell (AMC) that utilizes a sparse distributed encoding. We demonstrate the basic operation of this AMC by a first set of preliminary simulation results.


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Paper citation in several formats:
Kerdels, J. and Peters, G. (2018). A Grid Cell Inspired Model of Cortical Column Function. In Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence - Volume 1: IJCCI, ISBN 978-989-758-327-8 ISSN 2184-2825, pages 204-210. DOI: 10.5220/0006931502040210

author={Jochen Kerdels. and Gabriele Peters.},
title={A Grid Cell Inspired Model of Cortical Column Function},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence - Volume 1: IJCCI,},


JO - Proceedings of the 10th International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence - Volume 1: IJCCI,
TI - A Grid Cell Inspired Model of Cortical Column Function
SN - 978-989-758-327-8
IS - 2184-2825
AU - Kerdels, J.
AU - Peters, G.
PY - 2018
SP - 204
EP - 210
DO - 10.5220/0006931502040210

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