Stochastic travelling waves in neural dendrites

Gabriel Lord (Heriot-Watt University)

Thursday 4th December, 2008 14:00-15:00 Mathematics Building, 204


Stochastic forcing of a PDE will be introduced. We examine a numerical technique to compute stochastic travelling waves with reference to a fixed profile. As a result we solve for the wave front as well as an instantaneous wave speed. We apply these techniques to models of neural tissue and in particular the Baer-Rinzel model for wave propagation in dendrites. The review this model and show that the dendritic tree can act as a filter and its robustness to noise.

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