Synchronization-based computation through networks of coupled oscillators

Malagarriga Guasch, Daniel and Garcia Vellisca, Mariano Alberto and Villa, Alessandro E. P. and Martín Buldú, Javier and García Ojalvo, Jordi and Pons Rivero, Antonio Javier (2015). Synchronization-based computation through networks of coupled oscillators. "Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience", v. 9 (n. 97); pp. 1-13. ISSN 1662-5188.


Title: Synchronization-based computation through networks of coupled oscillators
  • Malagarriga Guasch, Daniel
  • Garcia Vellisca, Mariano Alberto
  • Villa, Alessandro E. P.
  • Martín Buldú, Javier
  • García Ojalvo, Jordi
  • Pons Rivero, Antonio Javier
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
Date: August 2015
ISSN: 1662-5188
Volume: 9
Freetext Keywords: synchronization, neural mass, Chua oscillators, complex networks, information processing, logic gate
Faculty: Centro de Tecnología Biomédica (CTB) (UPM)
Department: Otro
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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The mesoscopic activity of the brain is strongly dynamical, while at the same time exhibits remarkable computational capabilities. In order to examine how these two features coexist, here we show that the patterns of synchronized oscillations displayed by networks of neural mass models, representing cortical columns, can be used as substrates for Boolean-like computations. Our results reveal that the same neural mass network may process different combinations of dynamical inputs as different logical operations or combinations of them. This dynamical feature of the network allows it to process complex inputs in a very sophisticated manner. The results are reproduced experimentally with electronic circuits of coupled Chua oscillators, showing the robustness of this kind of computation to the intrinsic noise and parameter mismatch of the coupled oscillators. We also show that the information-processing capabilities of coupled oscillations go beyond the simple juxtaposition of logic gates.

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Government of SpainFIS2012-37655-C02-01UnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified
Government of SpainFIS2013-41057-PUnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnspecified

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Item ID: 41034
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DOI: 10.3389/fncom.2015.00097
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Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 22 Apr 2017 08:59
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2017 08:59
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