computer science


Neuron grown in culture on a microchip

Neural Networks

This is Anthony Robins's Neural Networks page (part of the AI Group).

Below you will find general information about neural networks, descriptions of neural network related research and teaching at Otago, or the paper COSC460 Neural Networks.


Neural nets information

Despite its slow "hardware" the brain is a much more powerful and sophisticated computational system than any computer ever built. What can the brain teach us about computation and how to perform complex tasks such as natural language processing, vision, and control and optimisation problems? Neural networks are a family of methods that try to address these issues and explore "brain-like" computation, information processing and learning.

The following are useful resources for finding out more:

redbulletAlthough it is now defunct, the old FAQ is still a really good introduction to neural nets, the literature, simulators, and more.

There are many overview web pages for neural nets, see for example:

redbullet the Wikipedia page on neural networks (see external links!)

redbullet the Wikipedia page on artificial neural networks

redbullet the Wikipedia page on connectionism

(Why three wikipedia pages on essentially the same topic? Just because.)

redbullet the Yahoo neural nets page

redbullet the Neural Networks Warehouse, books, tutorials, libraries, software and more

redbulletthe AAAI page, readings, resources, references

redbullet a collection of bibliographies

redbullet an old page at a high energy physics site

redbulletUseful information can sometimes be found on

Neural nets at Otago

There is a lot of neural network related research and teaching at Otago:

redbullet Within Computer Science several staff members have related interests, and see the AI Group.

redbullet The page for COSC420 Neural Networks includes general information and neural network related library resources.

redbullet Other related papers include Psyc471 Cognitive Neuroscience (Psychology), and Info411 Advanced Knowledge Engineering (Information Science).

redbullet Neural networks is part of the Memory Research Theme (one of several Otago Research Themes), and part of the Neuroscience Programme.


The COSC420 overview, description, course content information and readings have their own page here.

Page maintained by Anthony Robins.

The image at the top of the page is a scanning electron micrograph of a neuron grown in culture on a microchip.