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Thursday, November 18 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm
Roger A. and Helen B. Krone Engineered Biosystems Building, 950 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta, GA 30032, Room 1005
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Linking Structure and Computation of Data-driven Brain Networks

Hannah Choi, Ph.D.
School of Mathematics
Georgia Institute of Technology

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The complex connectivity structure unique to the brain network is believed to underlie its robust and efficient coding capability. One of many unique features of the mammalian cortico-thalamic network is its hierarchical organization. I will discuss functional implications of the hierarchical structure of mammalian cortical network in the framework of predictive coding. Specifically, I will focus on a hierarchical predictive coding model of visual cortex to understand how robust encoding of noisy visual stimuli emerges, and further discuss distinct computations carried out by layer-specific feedforward and feedback connections in the cortical hierarchy. In the second part of the talk, I will discuss how various visual stimuli shape the complexity of functional networks of neural activity by analyzing their network properties.