Behavioural simulation and synthesis of biological neuron systems using VHDL

J. A. Bailey, P. R. Wilson, A. D. Brown, J. Chad

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Abstract

The investigation of neuron structures is an incredibly difficult and complex task that yields relatively low rewards in terms of information from biological forms (either animals or tissue). The structures and connectivity of even the simplest invertebrates are almost impossible to establish with standard laboratory techniques, and even when this is possible it is generally time consuming, complex and expensive. Recent work has shown how a simplified behavioural approach to modelling neurons can allow ?virtual? experiments to be carried out that map the behaviour of a simulated structure onto a hypothetical biological one, with correlation of behaviour rather than underlying connectivity. The problems with such approaches are numerous. The first is the difficulty of simulating realistic aggregates efficiently, the second is making sense of the results and finally, it would be helpful to have an implementation that could be synthesised to hardware for acceleration. In this paper we present a VHDL implementation of Neuron models that allow large aggregates to be simulated. The models are demonstrated using a synthesizable system level VHDL model of the C. Elegans locomotory system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Behavioral Modeling and Simulation Workshop (BMAS), 2008
PublisherIEEE
Pages7-12
ISBN (Print)9781424428960
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2008
EventIEEE International Behavioral Modeling and Simulation Workshop (BMAS), 2008 - San Jose, USA United States
Duration: 25 Sep 200826 Sep 2008

Workshop

WorkshopIEEE International Behavioral Modeling and Simulation Workshop (BMAS), 2008
CountryUSA United States
CitySan Jose
Period25/09/0826/09/08

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