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Optimal sensors in random environments

Sarah Marzen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics of Living Systems
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
411 West Hall Map
** note location change to 411 West Hall **

Abstract: The efficient coding hypothesis has revolutionized theoretical neuroscience. I would argue that its next-generation instantiation is best understood using rate-distortion theory. I use rate-distortion theory to inspire a simple model of sensory adaptation. In randomly drawn, fluctuating environments, this model explains the absence of sensory neurogenesis and predicts that biological sensors are poised to just barely confuse ``minimal confounds'' in the environment.
Building: West Hall
Event Type: Workshop / Seminar
Tags: Biology, Biophysics, Complex Systems, Physics, Research
Source: Happening @ Michigan from The Center for the Study of Complex Systems, Department of Physics, LSA Biophysics