You are cordially invited to a CCN Seminar with:
Assistant Professor of Physics at the W.M. Keck Science Department at the Claremont Colleges
Talk Date: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 10:30-12:00 PM, CCN Classroom
Title: Optimal sensors in random environments
Abstract: The efficient coding hypothesis has revolutionized theoretical neuroscience. I would argue that its next-generation instantiation is best understood using rate-distortion theory. I use rate-distortion theory to inspire a simple model of sensory adaptation. In randomly drawn, fluctuating environments, this model explains the absence of sensory neurogenesis and predicts that biological sensors are poised to just barely confuse ``minimal confounds'' in the environment.