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[Neuroscience] Computational maps book and software

Risto Miikkulainen risto at cs.utexas.edu
Mon May 15 01:18:45 EST 2006

We are pleased to announce the publication of the book 

  ``Computational Maps in the Visual Cortex'' 
    by Miikkulainen, Bednar, Choe, and Sirosh
    (New York: Springer).

This book presents a computational approach to understanding how the
map-like structures in the visual cortex develop and adapt to support
visual function. It reviews current theories and biological data, and
presents a detailed analysis of the laterally connected
self-organizing map model (LISSOM) and results obtained to date. The
TOC and a sample chapter, electronic versions of the figures and
references, animated demos, talks, and course material are available
at the book website


The book was developed together with ``Topographica,'' a general
simulator for computational modeling of cortical maps. Topographica
is intended to serve as a common software tool for the research
community, and is freely available at 


We hope that these tools will be useful in future research on the
computational mechanisms of the visual cortex!

-- Risto, Jim, Yoonsuck, and Joe

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