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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(Continued) Session III: Circuit mapping, connectomics, functional inference and modelling

09:00 - 10:50

09:00 - 09:20 - Anthony Leonardo, HHMI-Janelia Farm, US
Anatomical basis for dragonfly interception steering

09:20 - 09:40 - Vivek Jayaraman, HHMI-Janelia Farm, US
Mapping functional networks in the Drosophila central complex

09:40 - 10:00 - Alice Robie, HHMI-Janelia Farm, US
Creating structure-function brain maps in Drosophila melanogaster

10:00 - 10:20 - Elisabetta Chicca
A neuromorphic minibrain for real-time auditory pattern recognition and behavioral control in crickets

10:20 - 10:50 - Barbara Webb, University of Edinburgh, UK
Modelling at multiple levels

10:50 - 11:20 Coffee break

Session IV: Plasticity and internal states

10:00 - 13:00

Session moderators : Christen Mirth, Gulbenkian Institute, PT & Casey Schneider-Mizzel, Janelia Farm, US

Questions addressed during the session:

- What learning capabilities do flies and worms share, and how do they differ? Can we understand these similarities and differences in terms of the neural circuits?

- How do motivational factors control behaviour and interact with learning?



11:20 - 11:50 - Bertram GerberLeibniz-Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, DE
Mechanisms of maggot memory


11:50 - 12:10 - Jie-Kai Wu, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, ROC, Protein-synthesis-dependent representation of long-term memory in sparse efferent neurons of Drosophila mushroom body


12:10 - 12:30 - Yoshi Aso, HHMI-Janelia Farm, US
Mushroom body output neurons encode valence and guide memory-based action selection in Drosophila


12:30 - 13:00 - Glenn Turner, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, US
Olfactory Signaling in Mushroom Body Output Neurons  - Neural coding as a Circuit Converges


13:00 - 13:20 - Tim Landgraf, Freie Universiaet Berlin, DE
Computational network models of associative learning in the insect brain for neural control of autonomous robots



13:30 Lunch and Free Time

(continued) session IV

15:00 - 16:00

15:00 - 15:30 -  Michael Nitabach, Yale University School of Medicine, US
Synaptic topology of homeostatic sleep circuits in the Drosophila brain 

15:30 - 16:00 - Carlos Ribeiro, Champalimaud Foundation, PT
The gourmet fly - the behavioral, nutritional, and neuronal basis of nutrient homeostasis

Session V: Circuit and behaviour in ecology and evolution

16:00 - 16:50

Session moderator: Eugenia Chiappe, Champalimaud Foundation & Anthony Leonardo, HHMI-Janelia Farm

Questions addressed during the session:

- Are there important natural behaviours in flies and worms that have been experimentally neglected to date? What are the ecologically relevant behaviours? How can we introduce a tractable level of environmental complexity to our experimental design in the lab?

- How much variability is expected in the circuit-function relationships across individuals, strains and species of the same group? Is it best to focus on fully understanding a genetic model species before studying variants?

- Do we need a genetic understanding of behavior, or is a circuit understanding sufficient?

- Should evolution matter to robotics?


 16:00 - 16:30 - Christen Mirth, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, PT
The ecology and the evolution of nutrient-dependent choice in Drosophila

16:30 - 16:50 - Margherita Peliti, École Normale Supérieure, FR
Biased motion in unbiased environments: is C. elegans navigating?

16:50 - 17:30 break

(Continued) Session V

17:30 - 19:10

17:30 - 17:50 - Dieter Vanderelst, University of Bristol, UK
Large brains exploiting minibrain strategies: the case for taxis and template matching in echolocating bats

17:50 - 18:20 - Richard Benton, University of Lausanne, CH
Evolution of olfactory circuits

18:20 - 18:50 - David Stern, HHMI-Janelia Farm, US
The evolution of courtship behavior in Drosophila

18:50 - 19:10 - Shannon Olsson, NCBS, IN
Built for speed: Flight and the evolution of insect olfactory receptors

20:00 Get-together and Conference Dinner

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