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Insect Navigation December 06, 2016 - December 09, 2016
Location: Janelia Research Campus of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Virginia
Organizers Larry Abbott (Columbia University), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Mimi Koehl (University of California, Berkeley)
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A 3-day joint workshop of MSRI and Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Navigation in flies, mosquitos and ants is an interesting scientific problem that has considerable societal importance because of their role as disease vectors. This meeting will address two important aspects of navigation: 1) how are locations and orientations in space computed, represented and used in the insect brain, and 2) how do interactions between an organism and its environment affect its ability to navigate.

Recent advances in our understanding of the internal representation of orientation in the fly brain and of mechanisms used by mosquitos to locate prey are the inspiration for choosing this topic. A comprehensive picture of the internal computations that insects use to localize and orient themselves in space is beginning to develop.

Mosquitoes find their prey by tracking the plumes of carbon dioxide and water vapor they create in the atmosphere. This plume is an extremely complicated, nearly fractal object. Accounting for its structure, using fluid mechanics, and understanding how a creature might use the complicated information available to its senses as it flies through the plume is one of the interesting mathematical problems that we aim to address at the meeting.

The goal of the workshop is to bring together mathematicians, physicists and neuroscientists working on these aspects of the navigation to share the latest developments in the field. The meeting is aimed at fostering work that will synthesize the different pieces into a significant picture of the whole.

Since the meeting will involve researchers from different fields, the meeting will begin with introductory overview talks from the different areas, and then proceed to a series of research talks presenting the most recent findings. Plenty of time will be kept for discussions and informal interaction. A final session may bring together the “next” problems that may guide the further development and interaction of the fields represented.

Housing and meals will be provided to those accepted to attend the workshop. ​Some travel funding may be available.  To apply to attend, please fill out the registration form. 

For more information about Janelia Research Campus, please click here.

 

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If accepted, housing and meals will be provided without charge. Some travel funding may be available.
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Dec 06, 2016
Tuesday
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  Reception
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  Dinner
08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  Refreshments available in Bob's Pub
Dec 07, 2016
Wednesday
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  Breakfast
09:15 AM - 09:30 AM
  Introduction - goals of the workshop
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  Olfactory Navigation: Structure of Odor Plumes in the Natural Environment
John Crimaldi (University of Colorado at Boulder)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  How antennae physically filter signals in odor plumes and ambient turbulence disrupts locomotion
Mimi Koehl (University of California, Berkeley)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  Physics of Insect Flight and Insect’s Reflex for Maintaining their Equilibria in Space
Jane Wang (Cornell University)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  Hovering wings and tumbling leaves
Eva Kanso (University of Southern California)
12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
  Lunch and informal discussion (meal service ends at 1:00pm)
01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
  Plume structure and the integration of visual and odor inputs in modulating orientation
Ring Carde (University of California)
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  How flying and walking insects use similar information in different environmental contexts to track odors
Mark Willis (Case Western Reserve University)
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
  Vision for navigation: What do you need and how do you use it?
Paul Graham (University of Sussex)
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
  Break
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
  15-minute talks by participants with related expertise
Silas Alben (University of Michigan), Lucia Jacobs (Univ California, Berkeley), Orit Peleg (Harvard University), Jordanna Sprayberry (Muhlenberg College)
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  Discussion of studying navigation in complex and/or real-world conditions; Discussion about similarities and differences between 3-D navigation in flight vs. 2-D navigation on the ground
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  Reception
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  Dinner
Dec 08, 2016
Thursday
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  Breakfast
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  Neurophysiology of pheromone-mediated flight behavior
Neil Vickers (University of Utah)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  How flies combine cure from different sensory systems to navigate towards an odor source
Katherine Nagel (NYU Medical School)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  Central complex and navigation
Vivek Jayaraman (Janelia Farm Research Campus, HHMI)
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  How central brain structures, distant from the sensory and motor periphery, govern behavioral choie
Gaby Maimon (The Rockefeller University)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch (meal service ends at 1:00pm)
02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
  Circuit organization and function in the fruit fly, insect odorant receptors, and fly tracking of wind and odors
Vanessa Ruta (The Rockefeller University)
02:30 PM - 03:00 PM
  15-minute talks by participants with related expertise
Marc Gershow (New York University), James Jeanne (Harvard Medical School)
03:00 PM - 03:30 PM
  Break
03:30 PM - 04:00 PM
  15-minute talks by participants with related expertise
Jacob Lockey (Case Western Reserve University), Marie Suver (NYU Neuroscience Institute)
04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  Discussion of the neuro-ethology of navigation
06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
  Reception
07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
  Dinner
Dec 09, 2016
Friday
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
  Breakfast
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  Behavioral responses to visual stimuli and underlying neural mechanisms in insect navigation
Marie Dacke (Lund University)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  Perceptual systems for the control of behavior, multimodal integration, and navigation insects
Barbara Webb (University of Edinburgh)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  Discussion of integration of different sensory inputs in navigation, and Wrap Up Discussion: Directions for future work, areas where collaboration of modelers and experimentalists can be fruitful
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
  Lunch (meal service ends at 1:00pm)
03:30 PM - 05:30 PM
  Courtesy shuttles depart for Dulles Airport at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30