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Seminario - When zebrafish met engineering

Giovedì 18 gennaio 2018 alle 15:00 nell'aula riunioni del Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Architettura, Territorio, Ambiente e di Matematica (DICATAM) in via Branze 43. si terrà il seminario dal titolo: "When zebrafish met engineering" con il prof. Maurizio Porfiri della Tandon School of Engineering (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering), New York University, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Seminario e visita di ricerca finanziati su Fondo di Ateneo per attività di carattere internazionale.


Zebrafish are gaining momentum as the third millennium laboratory species for the investigation of several functional and dysfunctional biological processes in humans, including the fundamental mechanisms modulating emotional patterns, learning processes, and individual and social response to alcohol and drugs of abuse. Dynamical systems and robotics offer a powerful range of theoretical and experimental approaches that can advance our understanding of this animal model. In this talk, we report recent advances on: (i) the design of biomimetic robotic fish to elicit highly-controllable and customizable stimuli for laboratory experiments on zebrafish behavior; (ii) the formulation of a new data-driven modeling framework to study zebrafish behavior within unprecedented “in silico” experiments that can help reduce the number of animals in preclinical studies; and (iii) the integration of information-theoretic tools to unravel leader-follower interactions in groups of zebrafish and measure fear response to predators. The presentation is intended to expose neuroscientists to toolbox of methodological innovations that can enhance their experiments, while offering engineers an overview of fundamental mathematical and technological advancements that can find applications beyond the study of zebrafish.

Giovedì, 18 Gennaio, 2018