Thursday, January 24 2019
Room 1005, Roger A. and Helen B. Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB), 950 Atlantic Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
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A Visual Feature Space for Guiding Natural Behaviors

Nathan Klapoetke, Ph.D.
Janelia Research Campus

Nervous systems combine lower-level sensory signals to generate higher-order representations for guiding natural and voluntary behaviors. In this talk, I describe my research on how looming is encoded by the visual system to enable flies to identify and escape threats. I will also discuss how the fly visual system is able to compute object shapes and motion in general, and how the underlying neuronal architecture can support a broad range of visually guided natural behaviors.