Math Bio Seminar: Mathematical analysis and models for understanding neural dynamics

CATEGORIES: Department, Math, Seminar
March 24, 2023, 3:20-4:10pm | Carver 390 and Zoom

Speaker: Yanyang Wang, University of Iowa


Abstract: Central pattern generators (CPGs) are neural networks that are intrinsically capable of producing rhythmic patterns of neural activity and are adaptable to sensory feedback to produce robust motor behaviors such as breathing and swallowing. In this talk, I will discuss mathematical tools we developed for understanding intrinsic multiple-time-scale bursting dynamics in CPG neurons as well as robust responses of motor systems to external perturbations. Applications related to respiratory rhythms and motor control in the Aplysia feeding system will be highlighted.