|Andrew D. Straw, Ph.D.|
|Senior Research Fellow in Computation & Neural Systems, member of Dickinson lab and Murray lab|
California Institute of Technology
1200 East California Blvd. #138-78
Pasadena CA 91125
+1 626 395 4396 (Office)
+1 626 395 5757 (Lab)
|Fax:||+1 626 395 1703|
I study how neurons work together to create useful behavior. A highly quantitative analysis of animal behavior is a particularly powerful technique in neuroscience--not only is behavior a product of the evolution of an animal and its nervous system, it can provide the experimenter with a robust, if indirect, readout of the simultaneous activity of motor neurons and muscles.
I study the control of behavior in animals from 3 perspectives:
- The algorithmic perspective. I seek to discover what rules govern motor output based on sensory input and internal state.
- The implementation perspective. What neurons, neural circuits, muscles and other structures implement the algorithms and how?
- The engineering perspective. Because mathematical models and robotic platforms are much simpler than animals, they allow highly instructive analysis. Yet the robust, multi-level control of animals is beyond the capabilities of engineered systems -- engineers have much to learn from biologists, much as biologists have much to learn from engineers.
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