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)
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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