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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Computer Science

First Advisor

Krzysztof Cios


We introduce a novel system for recognition of partially occluded and rotated images. The system is based on a hierarchical network of integrate-and-fire spiking neurons with random synaptic connections and a novel organization process. The network generates integrated output sequences that are used for image classification. The network performed satisfactorily given appropriate topology, i.e. the number of neurons and synaptic connections, which corresponded to the size of input images. Comparison of Synaptic Plasticity Activity Rule (SAPR) and Spike Timing Dependant Plasticity (STDP) rules, used to update connections between the neurons, indicated that the SAPR gave better results and thus was used throughout. Test results showed that the network performed better than Support Vector Machines. We also introduced a stopping criterion based on entropy, which significantly shortened the iterative process while only slightly affecting classification performance.


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Date of Submission

May 2010