Thursday, February 08
Mathematics Colloquium
03:35 PM - 04:30 PM
Location: Science Center Room 323
Cost: Free

Speaker: Pamela Pyzza, Ohio Wesleyan University

Host: Wiebke Diestelkamp

Title: Idealized Models of Insect Olfaction

Abstract: When a locust detects an odor, the stimulus triggers a specific sequence of network dynamics of the neurons in its antennal lobe. The odor response begins with a series of synchronous oscillations, followed by a short quiescent period, with a transition to slow patterning of the neuronal firing rates, before the system finally returns to a background level of activity. We begin modeling this behavior using an integrate-and-fire neuronal network, composed of excitatory and inhibitory neurons, each of which has fast-excitatory, and fast- and slow-inhibitory conductance responses. We further derive a firing-rate model for each (excitatory and inhibitory) neuronal population, which allows for more detailed analysis of and insight into the plausible olfaction mechanisms seen in experiments, prior models, and our numerical model. We conclude that the transition of the network dynamics through fast oscillations, a pause in network activity, and the slow modulation of firing rates can be described by a system which has a limit cycle of the fast variables, slowly passes through a saddle-node-on-a-circle bifurcation eliminating the oscillations, and, eventually, slowly passes again through the bifurcation point, producing a new limit cycle with a slower period.

Refreshments are available at 3:00 PM in SC 313F.

The department colloquia are held every Thursday (excluding holidays) at 3:35 pm in room SC 323 unless otherwise noted. All are invited to attend. 

Contact Information:
Name: Paul Eloe