Werner Reichardt Symposium

Werner Reichardt Symposium

Symposium on April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

This symposium will be held in honour of the centenary of the birth of Werner Reichardt, founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics and a pioneer in the fields of vision science and what is now known as computational neuroscience.

Reichardt's own research focused on information processing in the nervous system of flies, with a particular focus on understanding motion. Together with his three co-directors at the Institute, Valentino Braitenberg, Kuno Kirschfeld, and Karl G. Götz, Reichardt contributed seminal concepts, results and methods.
Since then, many colleagues have continued along the lines that he and his colleagues established, contributing notably to the modern landscape. The symposium will offer an opportunity to look backwards and forwards, covering new developments, ideas, and hypotheses, with sessions dedicated to general discussions and a program designed to promote interactions.

Confirmed speakers include:

The symposium will be hybrid. Please register here and indicate whether you plan to come in person or attend online. The size of the room is limited, so it may not be possible to accommodate everyone in Tübingen.




09:10 a.m. - 09:15 a.m.

Introduction, Li Zhaoping, MPI for Biological Cybernetics

09:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

“The story of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics: a Virtual Dream Come True“, Kuno Kirschfeld, MPI für biologische Kybernetik

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

“Ten years of research with Werner across levels of understanding”,
Tomaso Poggio, Massachussetts Institute for Technology

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Coffee break

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

“Active Vision in Flies“,
Lisa Fenk, MPI for Biological Intelligence

12:15 p.m. - 01:00 p.m.

“How Flies See Motion: from the Reichardt Detector to Neural Circuits“,  
Alexander Borst, MPI for Biological Intelligence

01:00 p.m. - 02:30 p.m.

Lunch break

02:30 p.m. - 03:15 p.m.

“Building a Connectome Constrained Model of the Fruit Fly Visual System“,
Srinivas C. Turaga, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

03:15 p.m. - 04:30 p.m.

“Cracking Circuits with Connectomes: a Reverse Neuroethology Perspective”,
Gwyneth Card, Columbia University

04:30 p.m. - 05:15 p.m.

“From Kybernetik MPI into the wonderous world of motion – a journey…”,
Johannes Zanker, Royal Holloway, University of London

05:15 p.m. - 06:30 p.m.


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