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Researcher's Profile

Project Lecturer

Shigehiro NAMIKI

Intelligent Cooperative Systems

Office: Building 3S

Tel: 03-5452-5197

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Biography

2009.03
PhD, Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Univ. Tsukuba
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2009.04
Project Research Associate, RCAST, UTokyo
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2013.01
Postdoctoral Associate, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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2015.02
Research Scientist, Janelia Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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2016.01
Project Lecturer, RCAST, UTokyo

Research Interests

Animal behavior can be deconstructed into a combination of low-level behavioral modules. The various behavioral repertoires observed in insects are composed of a common set of ancient modules (Dickinson, 2014, Annu Rev Entomol 59:51). So far, we have identified the following behavioral modules for insect flight: takeoff, landing, speed control, and turning maneuver. The neuronal circuit, the lateral accessory lobe (LAL), may serve a pivotal role in higher-level control by arranging these behavioral modules. The LAL has been identified as the circuit module for zigzag locomotion in the silkmoth's “mating dance.” We test the hypothesis that the zigzag module is part of an ancient toolkit utilized widely in other insects, for functions such as spatial navigation or information transfer.


Keywords

Neuroethology, Flight control, Stigmergy, Olfactory navigation, Fragrance

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