Neuroscientific approach to pest insect control strategies
Wednesday 09 February 2022

Behavioural and Neuroimaging experiments to identify the hedonic value of different odour types in Drosophila suzukii in order to create attractive or repulsive substances for pest management.

Chemical communication in ants
Wednesday 09 February 2022

Understand the role of different odours found on the ant body

-behavioural test, do they induce trail following

-brain imaging, do they produce activity patterns that suggest a pheromonal character

-are responses influenced by neuro-active substances emitted by plants?

Stochastic resonances in neuronal networks
Wednesday 09 February 2022

- Acquisition of 4D maps of  neuronal network activity 

- Analyse these data regarding one or more of the following aspects:

  • noise-induced increase of sensitivity
  • explanation by models of stochastic resonances
Fundamental mechanisms of information coding and processing in the brain
Physicists, Neuroscientists, Data scientists, Engineers, Biologists 
Wednesday 09 February 2022

- Acquisition of 4D response maps from neuronal network to different external stimuli

- Analyse these data reagrding one or more of the following aspects:

  • patterning in space and time, recognition with methodologies like maschine learning
  • information flow and information transfer dynamics in the network
  • network topology using measures such as small-world-ness and modularity, matrix theory

- This project is a collaboration with various research groups within the BRANDY consortium

Neural correlates of sleep
Wednesday 09 February 2022

- Acquisition of 4D activity maps from neuronal network of insect models in sleep/wake phases

- Analyse these data reagarding one or more of the following aspects:

  • patterning in space and time, recognition with methodologies like machine learning
  • change in response thresholds to stimuli
  • differences in network topology and dynamics
Optogenetic study of brain connectivity / artificial memory
Physicists, Neuroscientists, Biologists, Data scientists, Engineers 
Wednesday 09 February 2022

-use an all-optical stimulation/read-out platform based on optogenetic fruit flies

-extract neural network architecture from the propagation of artificial optical stimuli in the olfactory network

-copy natural stimuli into optogenetic activation patterns to create artificial perception and  artificial memory retrieval

 

Magnetoperception
Wednesday 09 February 2022

Magnetoreception in honey bees. That involves behavioural experiments and testing the neuronal activity pattern change in response to a magnetic field