Lessons from insects
7.00 PM, Friday 30 November 2012 | JAYAMAHAL PALACE
Even a humble fly can perform aerobatic feats that remain unsurpassed in the engineering world. Although by the reckoning of most people, insects possess small and unsophisticated brains, their exquisite flight maneuvers are not possible without a nervous system that can acquire and process information at rates that we can only hope to match. A group of scientists seek to unravel the phenomenon of insect flight to understand just how these ‘simple’ brains can generate such complex behaviors. In his talk, Sanjay Sane hopes to shed some light on how the many lessons that have been learnt from studying insect flight have ultimately helped nurture better engineers and biologists. Using riveting video clips and photographs, Sanjay Sane will take us deep in to the world of insect aerodynamics.
Sanjay Sane obtained a B.Sc. in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi, in 1991 and a Master’s in Physics from University of Poona in 1993. During his Masters, he specialized in Astrophysics and Nonlinear Dynamics. After a short stint as Junior Research Fellow at TIFR (Mumbai)/NCBS (Bangalore), he went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating in 2001, Sanjay served as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow / Research Scientist at University of Washington, Seattle. He joined the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore in 2007.