Special Issue "Statistical Mechanics of Neural Networks"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2019).
Neural networks are highly interconnected systems of identical elements called neurons, which capture the basic physiological features of biological nerve cells. They serve as models to explore the collective behavior of nervous systems of living organisms. They are also applied in the study and design of artificial intelligence systems performing such functions as learning, information storage and retrieval, pattern recognition and decision making. The history of neural network modeling begins with the work of McCulloch and Pitts, who introduced in 1943 the notion of the formal neuron as a two-state threshold element and showed that a network of such elements can perform any logical calculation. A landmark in this history was the work of Hopfield, who suggested a fruitful analogy between the asymptotic dynamics of such networks and equilibrium properties of random magnetic systems. Hopfield’s work paved the road to the introduction of concepts and methods of statistical mechanics of random physical systems to the study of neural networks. Neural networks are oversimplified representations of the biological networks they are meant to emulate, but they can be systematically analyzed, numerically and sometimes even analytically. Thus, they can shed light on the principles of information processing in biological systems. The statistical analysis of neural networks became the cornerstone of the emerging discipline of computational neuroscience.
This is a call for papers on different aspects of the field of statistical mechanics of neural networks—from historical perspectives, to contemporary applications in brain research and artificial intelligence.
Prof. Dr. Hanoch Gutfreund
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- Associative memory
- Hebbian learning rules
- Hopfield models
- Ising spin models
- Network dynamics
- Neural computation
- Synapses, inhibition and excitation
- Temporal patterns
- Information storage capacity
- Information retrieval
- Pattern recognition