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Flight, flow and gaze control: Design principles of fly stabilization reflexes

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Sensory information is vital for the control of locomotion, balance, and gaze. To maintain flight stability and a level gaze true flies estimate their attitude changes using a variety of visual and mechanosensory systems including compound eyes, simple lens eyes, and gyroscopic halteres. How are signals provided by multiple sensory systems integrated and transformed into commands suited to control specific motor systems? To address this question we combine quantitative behavioural experiments, electrophysiological studies, and the functional characterization of motor system anatomy with software and hardware simulations. In my seminar I will review some of our results and emphasize the significance of a multi-level systems approach to reveal general design principles underlying the efficiency and robustness of fly sensorimotor control.

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