Learning to soar

Informations pratiques
10 mars 2020

ENS, bâtiment Jaurès, salle Ribot, 24 rue Lhomond, 75005 Paris


Thermal soaring is a major natural instance of animal behavior in the presence of complex orientation cues. The problem is deeply rooted in physics and biology, with the prowess by birds constituting a challenge for artificial systems built for technological applications. I will first introduce the natural phenomenology, then review the physics that controls the complexity of the orientation cues, and finally show how machine learning methods are brought to bear on identifying effective flying strategies. Results are applied to gliders in the field, and provide insight into the decision processes and the sensorimotor cues utilized by birds.

Massimo Vergassola est directeur de QBio. QBio est un centre d'études quantitatives du vivant (Qbio). Il s’agit d’un projet de recherche et de formation à l’interface des sciences du vivant (biologie, médecine, sciences cognitives), des sciences naturelles (physique, chimie), et des mathématiques et de l’informatique.