Decentralized Multisensory Information Integration

Decentralized Multisensory Information Integration

To extract information reliably from ambiguous environments, the brain integrates multiple sensory cues, which provide different aspects of information about the same entity of interest. Here, we propose a decentralized architecture for multisensory integration. In such a system, no processor is in the center of the network topology and information integration is achieved in a distributed manner through reciprocally connected local processors. Through studying the inference of heading direction with visual and vestibular cues, we show that the decentralized system can integrate information optimally, with the reciprocal connections between processers determining the extent of cue integration. Our model reproduces known multisensory integration behaviors observed in experiments and sheds new light on our understanding of how information is integrated in the brain.

For more details see:

WH Zhang, AH Chen, MJ Rasch*, S Wu*. Decentralized Multi-sensory Information Integration in Neural Systems. J.  Neuroscience 36(2): 532 (2016). (pdf)