Flies, worms and robots: Combining perspectives on minibrains and behaviour

This conference will focus on the latest developments in Drosophila systems neuroscience and their application to biomimetics and biorobotics. It follows the successful 2010 ESF-EMBO symposium "Functional Neurobiology in Minibrains" (meeting report: Cobb, EMBO reports 2011, 389), which fostered new interactions within an interdisciplinary community of molecular biologists, ecologists and engineers. The meeting will explore progress made during the past 4 years towards a multi-level understanding of how the fly brain functions. We will examine how behaviour emerges from neural circuit computations, how these principles can inspire new technologies and how biologists can benefit from robotics to rigorously test mechanistic hypotheses. As this undertaking necessitates new methods, we will include researchers on another genetic model organism, Caenorhabditis elegans, in which many interdisciplinary approaches have been pioneered that could be readily transferred to Drosophila.
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Richard Benton, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Alexander Borst, Max-Planck-Institute for Neurobiology, Germany
Albert Cardona, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
Netta Cohen, University of Leeds, UK
Benjamin de Bivort, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Michael Dickinson, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Bertram Gerber, Leibniz-Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany
Miriam Goodman, Stanford School of Medicine, USA
Vivek Jayaraman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
Ilona Kadow, Max-Planck Institute for Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany
Aurel Lazar, Columbia University, New York, USA
Anthony Leonardo, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
Shih Chii Liu, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Sean Lockery, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
Matthieu Louis, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain
Christen Mirth, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras, Portugal
Michael Nitabach, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA
Carlos Ribeiro, Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
Silke Sachse, Max-Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena, Germany
Greg Stephens, University of Amsterdam, Netherland
David Stern, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, USA
Glenn Turner, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA
Barbara Webb, University of Edinburgh, UK
Rob Wood, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Bill Schafer, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK

8 Nov - 13 Nov 2014
Sant Feliu de Guixols
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