Workshop was held at SAMSI.
Swimming, flying, and maneuvering requires sensing the environment and controlling the movement accordingly. In most animals, the nervous system is a fundamental component of actuating movement. The goal of this workshop is to develop a preliminary model of the activation of muscles by motor neurons and the resulting effect on locomotion. In general, the strength of the muscular response is proportional to the frequency of action potentials conducted along motor neurons combined with the fraction of motor neurons that are entrained to activate individual muscle fibers. The mapping of motor neuron signal to muscle response can vary greatly across organisms and between muscle types. The details of this mapping, particularly in terms of the dynamical response, will be a focus of the modeling efforts.
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