Talk on 13th Nov 2013 titled "Flapping in unison: the role of thoracic mechanics in insect flight" by Dr. Sanjay Sane, NCBSMon, 2013-11-04 11:07
Centre for Ecological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science
presents a talk
Title: Flapping in unison: the role of thoracic mechanics in insect flight
Speaker: Sanjay Sane
National Centre for Biological Sciences, TIFR,
GKVK Campus, Bangalore
Day: 13th Nov 2013, Wednesday
Tea/Coffee: After the talk
Venue: CES Seminar Hall, 3rd Floor, Biological Sciences Building.
Abstract: For flying insects, the evolution of smaller body size demanded a corresponding increase in wing beat frequency. In parallel, this also drives the enhancement of sampling rates of the sensory system, rapid sensorimotor integration by the central nervous system and fast actuation by the flight muscles. Because small errors in the wing movement from intended course can make large deviations in the ultimate flight course, insects must also ensure that their wing motion is accurate. How do insect wings and flight-related sensory organs remain perfectly coordinated at such high frequency? I will focus on this question in my presentation. Specifically, I will show examples of how this can be achieved by the nervous system, as well as by the musculo-skeletal mechanics of the thorax.
All are cordially welcome