Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, UK
Wednesday 11 July 2007
Seminar Room B10 (Basement)
Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR
Control of self-motion and gaze in flying insects
Insects have proven to be excellent model systems for studying key areas in neuroscience such as neural coding, multisensory integration, and sensorimotor transformation. The combination of behavioural, experimental, and modelling studies over the last decade has significantly advanced our understanding of how various sensory systems provide information about self-motion in space. My talk will focus on neural mechanisms involved in the sensory control of gaze and flight. Starting with neural adaptations to optic flow processing in the visual system a long my talk I will present different aspects on multisensory integration which suggest how flies might considerably simplify the transformation from sensory signals into motor commands.