Flies, worms and robots: combining perspectives on minibrains and behaviour, 8-13 November 2014Flies, worms and robots: combining perspectives on minibrains and behaviour, 8-13 November 2014

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Conference Opening

08:45 - 09:00

Session I - Sensing in living and artificial systems

09:00 - 12:00

Session moderator: Vivek Jayaramana, HHMI-Janelia Farm, USA & Franck Ruffier, CNRS & Université de la Méditerranée, FR

Questions addressed during the session:

- How much computation already takes place in first order sensory neurons? For example, how much of the adaptability of natural systems is in the early sensory processing layers?

- Are artificial sensory systems still missing some of the tricks we can learn from nature? What types of sensorimotor computations that we know worms and flies perform are hard to implement in robots?


09:00 - 09:30 - Silke Sachse, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, DE
Drosophila Olfaction – Odor coding strategies in a sensory network

09:30 - 10:00 - Aurel Lazar, Columbia University, US
Neurokernel: building an in silico fruit fly brain

10:00 - 10:30 - Miriam Goodman, Stanford School of Medicine, US
Filtering of thermal and mechanical inputs by identified sensory neurons in C. elegans

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

(Continued) Session I

11:00 - 12:00

11:00 - 11:30 -Alex Mauss, Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology, DE
The neural basis of motion opponency in the fly visual system

11:30 - 12:00 - Shih Chii Liu, University of Zurich, CH
Artificial insect-inspired motion systems

Session II: Sensory-motor integration for simple and complex behaviors

12:00 - 13:10

Session moderators: Ilona Grunwald Kadow, Max-Planck Institute for Neurobiology & Silke Sachse, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Questions addressed during the session:



-  Do we have any examples of a complete sensory-motor control loop understood at a quantitative level? If not, what is needed to complete our understanding?

- How do motor systems, including body morphology and mechanics, shape behaviour, and is this a constraint for transferring ideas from biology to robotics?

- How should we describe behavior?  As stimulus-response relationships? As composed of discrete motor primitives/motifs? As feedback systems shaped by proprioception/self-sensation?



12:00 - 12:30 -  Manuel Zimmer, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, AU Brain wide spontaneous neuronal dynamics interact with stimulus evoked activity to determine motor state in C. elegans


12:30 - 12:50 - Andrew Leifer, Princeton University, US
Optogenetic manipulation and calcium imagining in freely moving C. elegans and its application to the escape response


12:50 - 13:10 - Eduardo J. Izquierdo, Indiana University, US
Steering in C. elegans


13:15 Lunch

Demo-workshop: : Experimental techniques to probe neural functions: an introduction for engineers and roboticists

14:15 - 16:00

Session II (continued)

16:00 - 17:50

16:00 - 16:30 - Adam Stokes, University of Edinburgh, UK
Maggots and integrated soft robotic systems

16:30 - 16:50 -  Marion Silies, European Neuroscience Institute Göttingen, DE
Missing links of motion-detecting circuits

16:50 - 17:10 Stephane Viollet, Aix-Marseille University, FR
Short range odometry and visual tracking with a vibrating compound eye

17:10 - 17:30 - Jan Bartussek, University of Rostock, DE
Behavioral evidence for direct visual input to wing steering muscles of Drosophila

17:30 - 17:50 - Gwyneth Card HHMI-Janelia Farm, US
From sensation to action: mechanisms for action selection during Drosophila escape

17:50 - 18:10 Coffee break

(Continued) Session II

18:10 - 18:30

18:10 - 18:30 - Floris van Breugel
Complex behavior and perception emerges from iterative feedback-regulated reflexes

18:30 - 19:00 -  Benjamin de Bivort, Harvard University, US
A compendium of behavioral motifs in flies, and its shaping by proprioception

19:00 - 19:30 - Michael Dickinson, Caltech, US
Visual motor behaviors in flying Drosophila: Peeking inside the black box

19:30 - 20:30 Dinner

Poster Session I

20:30 - Onwards

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