Description

Animals have to move in order to accomplish fundamental tasks such as foraging, migration and mating. They navigate the environment by collecting information through their senses, integrating the different inputs and generating a motor response that finally results in efficient search strategies.

How do different organisms solve similar problems? Are there unifying principles? How are neural circuits organized so as to direct appropriate behavior? Can animal behavior provide useful inspiration for robotics applications? Can results from decision-making theory improve our understanding of animal behavior? How can physical and mathematical modeling contribute to advance our knowledge?

This workshop aims at gathering physicists, biologists, neuroscientists, and computer scientists to offer their diverse perspectives and explore new directions for research and opportunities for collaborations in this rapidly developing field.


 
Invited Speakers include:

Mahesh M. BANDI, OIST
Vikas BHANDAWAT, Duke U.
Ring CARDÉ, UC Riverside
Jérôme CASAS, U. Tours
Anna GAGLIARDO, U. Pisa
Daniel GOLDMAN, Georgia Tech
Nick GRAVISH, UC San Diego
David L. HU, Georgia Tech
Ran NATHAN, The Hebrew U. of Jerusalem
Sharad RAMANATHAN, Harvard U.
Hervé ROUAULT, H. Hughes Medical Institute
Aravinthan D.T. SAMUEL, Harvard U.
Greg J. STEPHENS, VU Amsterdam
Yossi YOVEL, Tel-Aviv University


GRANTS
A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries.
There is no registration fee for this workshop.
 
Go to day
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2019
    • 08:30 - 21:00 Wednesday, 10 July
      • 08:30 Registration and Administrative formalities 1h15'
      • 09:45 Welcome address 15' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
      • 10:00 Mechanics of Elephant Trunks 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: David L. HU (Georgia Institute of Technology)
        Material: Video
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Terrace )
      • 11:30 The Mechanics of Ant Locomotion 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Nick GRAVISH (University of California, San Diego)
        Material: Video
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0'
      • 14:30 Swimming underwater: Simple Mechanisms and Proprioceptive Driving for Self-Propulsion 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Mederic ARGENTINA (University Cote d'Azur, Nice)
        Material: Video
      • 15:00 Geometric Phase and Dimensionality Reduction in Locomoting Living Systems 1h0'
        Speaker: Daniel GOLDMAN (Georgia Institute of Technology)
        Material: Video
      • 16:00 Stiffness of the Human Foot and Evolution of the Transverse Arch 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Mahesh M. BANDI (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology)
      • 17:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Terrace )
      • 17:30 The Surface Wave and Vortices Signature of Moving Water Striders 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Jerome CASAS (University of Tours)
        Material: Video
      • 19:00 Welcome reception 2h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Terrace )
  • Thursday, 11 July 2019
    • 10:00 - 18:30 Thursday, 11 July
      • 10:00 Strategies for Finding Resource-Linked Odor Plumes: Lessons from Flying Insects 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Ring CARDÉ (University of California Riverside)
        Material: Reading material Video
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Terrace )
      • 11:30 Navigation and Decision Making in the Real World - The Bat's Point of View 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Yossi YOVEL (Tel Aviv University)
        Material: Video
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h0'
      • 14:30 Spatio-temporal Dynamics of Bumblebees Foraging under Predation Risk 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Rainer KLAGES (Queen Mary University of London)
        Material: Video
      • 15:00 The Role of Environmental Olfactory Information and Familiar Topography in Birds’ Large-scale Navigation 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Anna GAGLIARDO (University of Pisa)
      • 16:00 Brain Representations of the Sense of Direction 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Hervé ROUAULT (Aix-Marseille University)
        Material: Video
      • 17:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Terrace )
      • 17:30 Motion and Navigation Capacities of Free-flying Birds and Bats across Spatial and Temporal Scales 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Ran NATHAN (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
        Material: Video
  • Friday, 12 July 2019
    • 10:00 - 18:30 Friday, 12 July
      • 10:00 Whole Brain Imaging in C. Elegans Mating Behavior 1h0' ( Adriatico Guest House - Giambiagi Lecture Hall )
        Speaker: Aravinthan SAMUEL (Harvard University)
        Material: Video
      • 11:00 Coffee break 30' ( Adriatico Guest House - Terrace )
      • 11:30 Principles and Possibilities in the Phase Space of Animal Behavior 1h0'
        Speaker: Greg J. STEPHENS (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
        Material: Video
      • 12:30 Lunch break 2h30'
      • 15:00 From Sensation to Action 1h0'
        Speaker: Vikas BHANDAWAT (Duke University)
        Material: Video
      • 16:00 Rapid Ways of Finding Key Nodes in a Neural Network 1h0'
        Speaker: Sharad RAMANATHAN (Harvard University)
        Material: Video
      • 17:00 Coffee break 30'