SEMINAR: How the Avian Brain Interprets the Bird’s-eye View

ANIMAL COGNITION: HOW THE AVIAN BRAIN INTERPRETS THE BIRD’S-EYE VIEW

Ali Qadri

Postdoctoral scholar at Tufts University 

DATE : February 25, 2019
TIME : 12:40-13:30
ROOM : A-130
BUILDING : FEASS

ABSTRACT

Human neural machinery has evolved particular mechanisms to solve the hard computational problems of vision and cognition. Non-human animals like birds, however, have evolved separately from humans for 300 million years, and consequently the mechanisms in these small-bodied organisms may be distinct from that found in humans. My research aims to elucidate potential divergent evolution in processing by determining if there are algorithmic differences in how birds process the visual world or solve other cognitive tasks. Several lines of experiments elucidate how birds perceive objects and actions, and one investigates possible neural mechanisms underlying complex motion processing in pigeons.

BIO: Ali Qadri is a postdoctoral scholar at Tufts University investigating cognition in numerous non-human animal models. He uses a blend of computational, neurological, and psychological methods to explore aspects of form perception, motion perception, action recognition, and general cognition.