A review of learning in biologically plausible spiking neural networks

Taherkhani, Aboozar, Belatreche, Ammar, Li, Yuhua, Cosma, Georgina, Maguire, Liam P. and McGinnity, T.M. (2020) A review of learning in biologically plausible spiking neural networks. Neural Networks, 122. pp. 253-272. ISSN 0893-6080

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Abstract

Artificial neural networks have been used as a powerful processing tool in various areas such as pattern recognition, control, robotics, and bioinformatics. Their wide applicability has encouraged researchers to improve artificial neural networks by investigating the biological brain. Neurological research has significantly progressed in recent years and continues to reveal new characteristics of biological neurons. New technologies can now capture temporal changes in the internal activity of the brain in more detail and help clarify the relationship between brain activity and the perception of a given stimulus. This new knowledge has led to a new type of artificial neural network, the Spiking Neural Network (SNN), that draws more faithfully on biological properties to provide higher processing abilities. A review of recent developments in learning of spiking neurons is presented in this paper. First the biological background of SNN learning algorithms is reviewed. The important elements of a learning algorithm such as the neuron model, synaptic plasticity, information encoding and SNN topologies are then presented. Then, a critical review of the state-of-the-art learning algorithms for SNNs using single and multiple spikes is presented. Additionally, deep spiking neural networks are reviewed, and challenges and opportunities in the SNN field are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spiking neural network (SNN), Learning, Synaptic plasticity
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
G500 Information Systems
G700 Artificial Intelligence
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2019 11:28
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2020 08:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41468

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