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                               “Learning to soar in turbulent environments"





  Thursday, 15 Oct 2020

    Video-Recording for any system with MP4-support

   - Video.mp4  (ca.408 Mb)

   - Video_with_eng_sub.mp4  (ca. 402 Mb)

 15:15 – 16:22





Thermal soaring is a major natural instance of animal behavior in the presence

of complex orientation cues generated by turbulence in natural environments.

The problem is deeply rooted in physics and biology, with the prowess by birds

constituting a challenge for artificial systems built for technological applications.

I will first introduce the natural phenomenology, then review the physics that

controls the complexity of the orientation cues, and finally show how machine

learning methods are brought to bear on identifying effective flying strategies.

Results are applied to gliders in the field and provide insight into the decision

processes and the sensorimotor cues utilized by birds.


Speaker today:    Massimo Vergassola  (Institut Pasteur, Paris)


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