Reiko J. Tanaka

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Revealing the control mechanisms responsible for the cell's surprisingly well-organized functions should lead directly to a better understanding of how the cell adapts to extraordinarily changing environments. A general framework for describing models that can represent diverse biochemical regulatory functions systematically would help not only systematic(More)
This paper is concerned with biological regulatory mechanisms in response to the simultaneous occurrence of a huge number of environmental changes. The restricted resources of cells strictly limit the number of their regulatory methods; hence, cells must adopt, as compensation, special mechanisms to deal with the simultaneous occurrence of environmental(More)
Due to methodological limitations neural function is mostly studied under open-loop conditions. Normally, however, nervous systems operate in closed-loop where sensory input is processed to generate behavioral outputs, which again change the sensory input. Here, we investigate the closed-loop responses of an identified visual interneuron, the blowfly(More)
The underlying molecular mechanisms of metabolic and genetic regulations are computationally identical and can be described by a finite state Markov process. We establish a common computational model for both regulations based on the stationary distribution of the Markov process with the aim of establishing a unified, quantitative model of general(More)
The blowfly Calliphora is the model of choice for studying sensori-motor control principles common in biological systems. We present a fly-robot interface where the neural activity of an identified visual interneuron is used to control the angular velocity of a rotating robot. By placing the robot on a rotating turn-table in a visual arena, we use the(More)
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