Interdisciplinary Seminar in Nonlinear Science

Title: Hardware Models for Studying Sensory Coding in the Nervous System
Speaker: Mitra Hartmann
Speaker Info: Northwestern University
Brief Description:
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Rats use rhythmic (5-12 Hz) movements of their whiskers to explore the environment and to extract information about 3-dimensional object features, including size, shape, and texture. Our laboratory uses the rat whisker system as a model to study how information is encoded and represented in the brain. We have constructed robotic whisker arrays that shed light on the following questions: (1) How is object distance encoded by the rat whisker system? (2) How might information be represented in the first stages of sensory processing (the trigeminal ganglion)? What does a “receptive field” mean at these stages? (3) How might periodic movement aid in sensory acquisition? Finally, I will describe how our whisker arrays may be used to enable more autonomous robots.
Date: Friday, November 12, 2004
Time: 2:00PM
Where: Tech M416
Contact Person: William L. Kath
Contact email: kath@northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-3904
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