Reservoir Computing with a Small-World Network for Discriminating Two Sequential Stimuli

  • Ke Bai
  • Fangzhou Liao
  • Xiaolin HuEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10261)


Recently, reservoir network was used for simulating the sequential stimuli discrimination process of monkeys. To deal with the inefficient memory problem of a randomly connected network, a winner-take-all subnetwork was used. In this study, we show that a network with the small-world property makes the WTA subnetwork unnecessary. Using the reinforcement learning in the output layer only, the proposed network successfully learns to accomplish the same discrimination task. In addition, the model neurons exhibit heterogeneous firing properties, which is consistent with the physiological data.


Reservoir computing Small-world network Decision making Reinforcement learning 



This work was supported in part by the National Basic Research Program (973 Program) of China under Grant 2013CB329403, in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 91420201, Grant 61332007, and Grant 61621136008, and in part by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under Grant TRR-169.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical EngineeringTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science and TechnologyTsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and TechnologyBeijingChina
  4. 4.Brain-Inspired Computing Research CenterTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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