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A simulation model of the locomotion controllers for the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans

Bryden, J.A. and Cohen, N. (2004) A simulation model of the locomotion controllers for the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. In: Schaal, S., Ijspeert, A.J., Billard, A., Vijayakumar, S., Hallam, J. and Meyer, J-A., (eds.) From Animals to Animats 8: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior. SAB'04, 13 - 17 July 2004, Los Angeles, CA, USA. MIT Press , Cambridge, Mass. , pp. 183-192. ISBN 978-0-262-69341-7

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Abstract

This paper presents a simple yet biologicallygrounded model of the C. elegans neural circuit for forward locomotive control. The model considers a limited subset of the C. elegans nervous system, within a minimal two-dimensional environment. Despite its reductionist approach, this model is sufficiently rich to generate patterns of undulations that are reminiscent of the biological worm’s behaviour and qualitatively similar to patterns which have been shown to generate locomotion in a model of a richer physical environment. Interestingly, and contrary to conventional wisdom about neural circuits for motor control, our results are consistent with the conjecture that the worm may be relying on feedback from the shape of its body to generate undulations that propel it forward or backward.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This is an author produced version of a paper published in 'From Animals to Animats 8: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior'. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Miss Jamie Grant
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2009 17:53
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:06
Status: Published
Publisher: MIT Press
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7961

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