Echo State Property of Neuronal Cell Cultures

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11731)


Physical reservoir computing (PRC) utilizes the nonlinear dynamics of physical systems, which is called a reservoir, as a computational resource. The prerequisite for physical dynamics to be a successful reservoir is to have the echo state property (ESP), asymptotic properties of transient trajectory to driving signals, with some memory held in the system. In this study, the prerequisites in dissociate cultures of cortical neuronal cells are estimated. With a state-of-the-art measuring system of high-dense CMOS array, our experiments demonstrated that each neuron exhibited reproducible spike trains in response to identical driving stimulus. Additionally, the memory function was estimated, which found that input information in the dynamics of neuronal activities in the culture up to at least 20 ms was retrieved. These results supported the notion that the cultures had ESP and could thereby serve as PRC.


Neuronal cell culture Physical reservoir computing Echo state property Memory capacity 



This paper is based on results obtained from a project (Exploration of Neuromorphic Dynamics towards Future Symbiotic Society) commissioned by NEDO, KAKENHI grant (17K20090), AMED (JP18dm0307009) and Asahi Glass Foundation. We thank Hitachi UTokyo Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd. for fruitful discussions. K. N. was supported by JST PRESTO Grant Number JPMJPR15E7, Japan and KAKENHI No. JP18H05472, No. 16KT0019, and No. JP15K16076.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School of EngineeringThe University of TokyoMeguro-kuJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Information Science and TechnologyThe University of TokyoBunkyo-kuJapan

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