Large-scale cognitive model design using the Nengo neural simulator

Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, 2016

Sugandha Sharma, Sean Aubin, Chris Eliasmith

Abstract

The Neural Engineering Framework (NEF) and Semantic Pointer Architecture (SPA) provide the theoretical underpinnings of the neural simulation environment Nengo. Nengo has recently been used to build Spaun, a state-of-the-art, large-scale neural model that performs motor, perceptual, and cognitive functions with spiking neurons (Eliasmith et al., 2012). In this tutorial we take the reader through the steps needed to create two simpler, illustrative cognitive models. The purpose of this tutorial is to simultaneously introduce the reader to the SPA and its implementation in Nengo.

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Publisher
Elsevier
Doi
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bica.2016.05.001
Journal
Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures
Issn
2212-683X
Volume
17
Pages
86--100

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