1996 Neural Information Processing Systems Meeting

Neural network models of chemotaxis in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans
T. C. Ferree, B. A. Marcotte and S. R. Lockery
Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403.

We train recurrent networks to control chemotaxis in a computer model of the nematode C. elegans. The model presented is based closely on the body mechanics, behavioral analyses, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of C. elegans, each imposing constraints relevant for information processing. Simulated worms moving autonomously in simulated chemical environments display a variety of chemotaxis strategies similar to those of biological worms.

Supported by NIMH MH11373, NIMH MH51383, NSF IBN 9458102, ONR N00014-94-1-0642, the Sloan Foundation, and the Searle Scholars Program.