Introduction to Dynamic Modeling of Neuro-Sensory Systems
Focusing on small and medium-sized biological neural networks, the author pays particular attention to visual feature extraction, especially the compound eye visual system and the vertebrate retina. For computational efficiency, the treatment avoids molecular details of neuron function and uses the locus approach for medium-scale modeling of arrays. Rather than requiring readers to learn a dedicated simulation program, the author uses the general, nonlinear ordinary differential equation solver Simnonä for all examples and exercises.
There is both art and science in setting up a computational model that can be validated from existing neurophysiological data. With clear prose, more than 200 figures and photographs, and unique focus, Introduction to Dynamic Modeling of Neuro-Sensory Systems develops the science, nurtures the art, and builds the foundation for more advanced work in neuroscience and the rapidly emerging field of neuroengineering.
Born in White Plains, NY in 1935, he majored in EE at MIT, graduating in 1956. At the University of Connecticut, he earned a MS in Electrical & Systems Engineering in 1958, and went on to get a PhD in physiology at UCONN in 1964. He joined the UCONN EE faculty in 1964, and in 1965, secured a 5-year graduate training grant from NIGMS/NIH to start one of the first Biological Engineering graduate training programs in New England. Throughout his career Dr. Northrop's research interests have been broad and interdisciplinary: He has worked on insect vision, electrofishing, exogenous closed-loop drug injection systems, mathematical models for the human immune system, biomedical instrumentation including non-invasive blood glucose sensing, and complex systems. He retired from the UCONN ECE faculty in 1997, and has continued to teach grad courses and write textbooks; he has written eight to-date. His current research interest lies in Complexity and Complex Systems. He lives in Chaplin, CT with his wife and a smooth fox terrier.
- Publisher : CRC Press; 1st edition (27 November 2000)
- Author: Robert B. Northrop
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 488 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0849308143
- ISBN-13 : 978-0849308147
- Dimensions : 16.33 x 14.3 x 24.18 cm