From Sensation to Action

Start Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 18 December, 2018 - 13:00
End Date & Time: 
Tuesday, 18 December, 2018 - 14:00
Venue: 

Meeting room 7C
Level 7

Speaker: 
Speaker Details: 

Dr Vikas Bhandawat
Assistant Professor
DIBS and Department of Biology
Duke University

Synopsis: 

A simple task like walking to one's favorite coffee shop involves computation across several timescales. On a short time scale (< 1s), one has to move one's legs on an uneven surface and maintain balance. On a medium time-scale (~ few seconds) one has to walk relatively straight on a sidewalk. On a longer time-scale (~ minutes), one has to follow the street signs or use one's memory to navigate. On an even longer time-scale are decisions such as whether or not to drink coffee. My talk today will focus on the behavioral algorithms at each of these different time scales, identifying the neural circuits which execute them and understanding the neural computations underlying behavior at these different timescales. We will pursue this question in the context of the tiny fruit fly's olfactory system.

Host: 

Asst Prof Adam Claridge- Chang
Principal Investigator
NBD