Optimal Control of Neuronal Activity

  • Feng J
  • Tuckwell H
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We investigate the optimal control of neuronal spiking activity for neurons receiving a class of random synaptic inputs, characterized by a positive parameter alpha. Optimal control signals and optimal variances are found exactly for the diffusion process approximating an integrate and fire model. When synaptic inputs are "sub-Poisson" (alpha0.5) inputs, the optimal control is smooth and unique. The optimal variance obtained in the current paper sets the lowest possible bound in controlling the stochasticity of neuronal activity. We also discuss how to implement the optimal control signal for certain model neurons.

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