Artificial Spiking Neurons and Analog-to-Digital-to-Analog Conversion

Hiroyuki TORIKAI  Aya TANAKA  Toshimichi SAITO  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E91-A   No.6   pp.1455-1462
Publication Date: 2008/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1093/ietfec/e91-a.6.1455
Print ISSN: 0916-8508
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Nonlinear Problems
spiking neurons,  analog-to-digital converters,  digital-to-analog converters,  

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This paper studies encoding/decoding function of artificial spiking neurons. First, we investigate basic characteristics of spike-trains of the neurons and fix parameter value that can minimize variation of spike-train length for initial value. Second we consider analog-to-digital encoding based upon spike-interval modulation that is suitable for simple and stable signal detection. Third we present a digital-to-analog decoder in which digital input is applied to switch the base signal of the spiking neuron. The system dynamics can be simplified into simple switched dynamical systems and precise analysis is possible. A simple circuit model is also presented.