Sensorimotor Systems in Insects and Robots

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Columbus KL (Hyatt Regency Chicago)
Barbara Webb , University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
The sensorimotor tasks solved by insects, despite their small brains, are often comparable to those faced by vertebrates and humans. For example they need to smoothly combine multiple behaviors depending on context, and learn to anticipate predictable events. Our approach to investigating this behavioral flexibility combines behavioral experiments and testing of the hypothesized neural control circuits on robots.