publication . Doctoral thesis . 2011

Information theoretic approach to tactile encoding and discrimination

Saal, Hannes;
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  • Published: 24 Nov 2011
  • Publisher: The University of Edinburgh
The human sense of touch integrates feedback from a multitude of touch receptors, but how this information is represented in the neural responses such that it can be extracted quickly and reliably is still largely an open question. At the same time, dexterous robots equipped with touch sensors are becoming more common, necessitating better methods for representing sequentially updated information and new control strategies that aid in extracting relevant features for object manipulation from the data. This thesis uses information theoretic methods for two main aims: First, the neural code for tactile processing in humans is analyzed with res...
free text keywords: machine learning, tactile processing, primary tactile neurons, spike counts, spike timing, Gaussians representation
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