Guoqi Li*, Lei Deng*, Dong Wang, Wei Wang, Fei Zeng, Ziyang Zhang, Huanglong Li, Sen Song, Jing Pei & Luping Shi. “Hierarchical chunking of sequential memory on neuromorphic architecture with reduced synaptic plasticity”. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 10, 136 (2016). (* co-first author)
Hierarchical chunking of sequential memory on neuromorphic architecture with reduced synaptic plasticity
Chunking refers to a phenomenon whereby individuals group items together when performing a memory task to improve the performance of sequential memory. In this work, we build a bio-plausible hierarchical chunking of sequential memory (HCSM) model to explain why such improvement happens. We address this issue by linking hierarchical chunking with synaptic plasticity and neuromorphic engineering. We uncover that a chunking mechanism reduces the requirements of synaptic plasticity since it allows applying synapses with narrow dynamic range and low precision to perform a memory task. We validate a hardware version of the model through simulation, based on measured memristor behavior with narrow dynamic range in neuromorphic circuits, which reveals how chunking works and what role it plays in encoding sequential memory. Our work deepens the understanding of sequential memory and enables incorporating it for the investigation of the brain-inspired computing on neuromorphic architecture.