Is the early visual system optimised to be energy efficient?

Abstract This paper demonstrates that a representation which balances natural image encoding with metabolic energy efficiency shows many similarities to the neural organisation observed in the early visual system. A simple linear model was constructed that learned receptive fields by optimally balancing information coding with metabolic expense for an entire visual field in a 2-stage […]

Synaptic energy efficiency in retinal processing

Abstract Recent work suggests that the visual system may represent early visual information in an energy efficient manner [Nature 381 (1996); Nature, 381 (1996) 607; Neural Comput. 3 (2001) 799; Curr. Opin. Neurobiol. 11 (2001) 475]. This paper applies the idea of energy efficient representations to understand retinal processing, and provides evidence that centre surround […]