** SPECIAL SEMINAR ** The Organization of Behaviour in Drosophila: Insights from Robotics
Dr Pavan Ramdya
Tuesday, 02 December 2014, 12pm to 1pm
Oxford Martin School, Old Indian Institute, 34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD.
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Neuroscience and robotics share the common ultimate goal of understanding how systems can be built to move effectively through the world. Robotics has since its inception drawn continuous inspiration from biology. By contrast, engineering insights have received considerably less attention from biologists. Chief among these insights is the idea that physical embodiment can profoundly shape an agent’s behavior within its environment. In this talk I will show how this principle applies to the actions of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. First, I will describe how groups of flies interact to produce collective responses to sensory stimuli. Second, I will reveal a link between leg biomechanics and the coordination of walking. These studies demonstrate the importance of studying the brain in a mobile, embodied context and illustrate the scientific opportunities that lie at the interface between neuroscience and robotics.
This talk is part of the CNCB Seminar Series (DPAG) series.