Accession Number : ADA190389

Title :   Synapses that Compute Motion.

Descriptive Note : Memorandum rept.,

Corporate Author : MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE LAB

Personal Author(s) : Poggio, Tomaso ; Koch, Christof

PDF Url : ADA190389

Report Date : Jun 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Biophysics of computation is a new field that attempts to characterize the role in information processing of the several biophysical mechanisms in neurons, synapses and membranes that have been uncovered in recent years. In this article, we review a synaptic mechanism, based on the interaction between excitation and silent inhibition, that implements a veto-like operation. Synapses of this type may underlie direction selectivity to direction of motion in the vertebrate retina. Keywords: Image processing; Artificial intelligence; Parallel processing.

Descriptors :   *ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, *BIOPHYSICS, *INFORMATION PROCESSING, *NERVE CELLS, *PARALLEL PROCESSING, *SYNAPSE, COMPUTATIONS, IMAGE PROCESSING, INHIBITION, INTERACTIONS, MOTION, QUIET, RETINA, VERTEBRATES, VISION, LOGIC CIRCUITS

Subject Categories : Biology
      Cybernetics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE