Larry Abbott, guest at the PNC Distinguished Lectures


As part of the seminars organized by the “Padua Neuroscience Center – PNC”, Larry Abbott will give a talk entitled “Modeling the navigational circuitry of the fly” on September 28 at the Department of Information Engineering (Aula Magna “Lepschy”, Complesso di Ingegneria dell’Informazione, Via Gradenigo 6B – Padova, Building DEI/D, 1stfloor).

Navigation requires orienting oneself relative to landmarks in the environment, evaluating relevant sensory data, remembering goals, and convert all this information into motor commands that direct locomotion. The seminar will present models, highly constrained by connectomic, physiological and behavioral data, of how these functions are accomplished in the fly brain.

Larry F. Abbott, PhD, is William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience and Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics (in Biological Sciences) at Columbia University, Principal Investigator at Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute and Co-Director of Columbia’s Kavli Institute for Brain Science. His work focuses on building computer models to help us understand how large groups of neurons work together to perceive and respond to the world around us.

The seminar will be held in English, and it is open to professors, researchers, lecturers, Ph.D. students, postdoctoral fellows and grant holders.

Attendance is free as long as places are available.

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