Thomas Burwick

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We model the stimulus-induced development of the topography of the primary visual cortex. The analysis uses a self-organizing Kohonen model based on high-dimensional coding. It allows us to obtain an arbitrary number of feature maps by defining different operators. Using natural binocular stimuli, we concentrate on discussing the orientation, ocular(More)
Temporal coding is studied for an oscillatory neural network model with synchronization and acceleration. The latter mechanism refers to increasing (decreasing) the phase velocity of each unit for stronger (weaker) or more coherent (decoherent) input from the other units. It has been demonstrated that acceleration generates the desynchronization that is(More)
The SEWASIE project within the Semantic Web Action Line of the European IST Programme focuses on the question how to assist networks of small and medium enterprises (so-called Integrated Economies) in enhancing their intra-and inter-organisational information management capabilities. While the project also includes novel techniques for semantic enrichment,(More)
Using an oscillatory network model that combines classical network models with phase dynamics, we demonstrate how the superposition catastrophe of pattern recognition may be avoided in the context of phase models. The model is designed to meet two requirements: on and off states should correspond, respectively, to high and low phase velocities, and patterns(More)
Temporal coding is considered with an oscillatory network model that generalizes the Cohen-Grossberg-Hopfield model. It is assumed that the frequency of oscillating units increases with stronger and more coherent input. We refer to this mechanism as acceleration. In the context of Hebbian memory, synchronization and acceleration take complementary roles,(More)
We derive curvature counterterms in two-dimensional gravity coupled to con-formal matter up to infinite order. By construction the higher-order action is equivalent to a finite first-order theory with auxiliary scalar. Due to this equivalence it shares the following remarkable properties: There is no need for gravitational dressing of the cosmological(More)