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Neural mechanisms of insect navigation

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Insect navigation has been a focus of behavioral and ethological study for many years, but has been difficult to approach at the neural level. We have used computational modelling to help bridge this gap, by relating the computational requirements of navigational tasks to the type of computation offered by invertebrate brain circuits. This includes demonstrating that the insect mushroom body can support visual route memory, and most recently, that the central complex can support path integration. The models are strongly constrained by neuroanatomy, and are tested in realistic agent and robot simulations.

Barbara Webb
Professor of Biorobotics
School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh
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2017 Symposium