[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT140100452]
Researchers Dr Andrew Barron
Brief description Truly understanding how the brain operates is the grand challenge of 21st century neuroscience. Progress to this goal can be made through studying small brained animals, like the honey bee. Here I will use microscopy and pharmacology to analyse the neural mechanisms by which bees learn and classify complex things. This will enable the construction of a computational model of decision making in the bee brain. Analysing the model will be a rigorous test of whether we understand the operation of the animal brain, and can simulate it. This will reveal how neural circuits make complex decisions. It will establish key principles and foundational studies for comprehending larger more complex brains, and yield new approaches to machine learning.
Funding Amount $690,204
Funding Scheme Future Fellowships