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Andrew Straw

 

    ball.jpgProf. Dr. Andrew Straw
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    Institute of Biology I
    Department of Animal Physiology, Neurobiology and Behavior
    Hauptstr. 1
    79104 Freiburg

    Tel.: +49 (0)761 203 67685 

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Academic Background

  • since 2016 Professor, Institute of Biology I & Member, Bernstein Center Freiburg, University of Freiburg
  • 2012-2016 ERC Starting Grant FlyVisualCircuit
  • 2010-2015 IMP Fellow, Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria
  • 2004-2010 Postdoc, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
  • 2004         Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Unversity of Adelaide, Australia
  • 1997         Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, University of Southern California, USA
     

Publications

 

Preprints


Panser K*, Tirian L*, Schulze F*, Villalba S, Jefferis GSXE, Bühler K, Straw AD. Automatic segmentation of Drosophila neural compartments using GAL4 expression data reveals novel visual pathways. doi:10.1101/032292 See also the braincode website.


Peer reviewed journal articles

 

2015

Segre P, Dakin R, Zordan VB, Dickinson MH, Straw AD, Altshuler DL. Burst muscle performance predicts the speed, acceleration, and turning performance of Anna's hummingbirds. eLife (2015) doi:10.7554/eLife.11159
 

2014

Fenk LM*, Poehlmann A*, Straw AD. Asymmetric processing of visual motion for simultaneous figure and background responses. Current Biology 24(24), 2913-2919 (2014) doi:10.1016/j.cub.2014.10.042

Bath DE*, Stowers JR*, Hörmann D, Poehlmann A, Dickson BJ⁑, Straw AD⁑. FlyMAD: Rapid thermogenetic control of neuronal activity in freely-walking Drosophila. Nature Methods 11(7), 756-762 (2014) doi:10.1038/nmeth.2973

Stowers JR, Fuhrmann A, Hofbauer M, Streinzer M, Schmid A, Dickinson MH, Straw AD. Reverse engineering animal vision with virtual reality and genetics. Computer 47(7), 38-45 (2014) doi:10.1109/MC.2014.190

Dell AI, Bender JA, Branson K, Couzin ID, de Polavieja GG, Noldus LPJJ, Perez-Escudero A, Perona P, Straw AD, Wikelski M, Brose U. The role of automated tracking in ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 29(7), 417-428 (2014) doi:10.1016/j.tree.2014.05.004

Fuller SB, Straw AD, Peek MY, Murray RM, Dickinson MH. Flying Drosophila stabilize their vision-based velocity controller by sensing wind with their antennae. PNAS (2014) doi:10.1073/pnas.1323529111

 

2013

Censi A*, Straw AD*, Sayaman RW, Murray RM, Dickinson MH. Discriminating external and internal causes for heading changes in freely flying Drosophila. PLOS Computational Biology 9(2), 1-14 (2013) doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002891

Zantke J, Ishikawa-Fujiwara T, Arboleda E, Lohs C, Shipany K, Hallay N, Straw AD, Todo T, Tessmar-Raible K. Circadian and circalunar clock interactions in a marine annelid. Cell Reports (2013) doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2013.08.031

 

2011

Straw AD, Branson K, Neumann TR, Dickinson MH. Multicamera Realtime 3D Tracking of Multiple Flying Animals. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 8(11), 395-409 (2011) doi:10.1098/rsif.2010.0230

Mamiya A, Straw AD, Tómasson E, Dickinson MH. Active and Passive Antennal Movements during Visually Guided Steering in Flying Drosophila. Journal of Neuroscience (2011) doi:10.​1523/​JNEUROSCI.​0498-11.​2011

 

2010

Straw AD, Lee S, Dickinson MH. The visual control of altitude in flying Drosophila. Current Biology 20(17), 1550-1556 (2010) doi:10.1016/j.cub.2010.07.025

Robie AA, Straw AD, Dickinson MH. Object preference by walking fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster, is mediated by vision and graviperception. Journal of Experimental Biology (2010) doi:10.1242/jeb.041749

Maimon G, Straw AD, Dickinson MH. Active flight increases the gain of visual motion processing in Drosophila. Nature Neuroscience 13(3), 393-399 (2010) doi:10.1038/nn.2492

 

2009

Straw AD, Dickinson MH. Motmot, an open-source toolkit for realtime video acquisition and analysis. Source Code Biol Med 4(5) (2009) doi:10.1186/1751-0473-4-5

Fry SN, Rohrseitz N, Straw AD, Dickinson MH. Visual flight speed control in Drosophila melanogaster. J Exp Biol (2009) doi:10.1242/jeb.020768

 

2008

Straw AD, Rainsford T, O'Carroll DC. Contrast sensitivity of insect motion detectors to natural images. Journal of Vision (2008) doi:10.1167/8.3.32

Straw AD. Vision Egg: An Open-Source Library for Realtime Visual Stimulus Generation. Front Neuroinformatics 2(4) (2008) doi:10.3389/neuro.11.004.2008

Maimon G, Straw AD, Dickinson MH. A simple vision-based algorithm for decision making in flying Drosophila. Current Biology (2008) doi:10.1016/j.cub.2008.02.054

Dickson WB, Straw AD, Dickinson MH. Integrative model of Drosophila flight. AIAA Journal (2008) doi:10.2514/1.29862

Fry SN, Rohrseitz N, Straw AD, Dickinson MH. TrackFly: Virtual reality for a behavioral system analysis in free-flying fruit flies. J Neurosci Meth (2008) doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2008.02.016

 

2006

Straw AD, Warrant EJ, O'Carroll DC. A bright zone in male hoverfly (Eristalis tenax) eyes and associated faster motion detection and increased contrast sensitivity. J Exp Biol (2006) doi:10.1242/jeb.02517

 

2005

Shoemaker P, O'Carroll DC, Straw AD. Velocity constancy and models for wide-field motion detection in insects. Biological Cybernetics (2005) doi:10.1007/s00422-005-0007-y

 

2004

Fry SN, Mueller P, Baumann HJ, Straw AD, Bichsel M, Robert D. Context-dependent stimulus presentation to freely moving animals in 3D. J Neurosci Meth (2004) doi:10.1016/j.jneumeth.2003.12.012

 

symbols:

* equal contribution
⁑ co-corresponding author

 

Peer reviewed conference papers

 

2010

Han S, Censi A, Straw AD, Murray RM. A Bio-Plausible Design for Visual Pose Stabilization. Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) , 5679–5686 (2010) doi:10.1109/IROS.2010.5652857

 

2009

Han S, Straw AD, Dickinson MH, Murray RM. A real-time helicopter testbed for insect-inspired visual flight control. Robotics and Automation, 2009. ICRA '09. IEEE International Conference on , 3055-3060 (2009) doi:10.1109/ROBOT.2009.5152667

 

2007

Epstein M, Waydo S, Fuller SB, Dickson W, Straw AD, Dickinson MH, Murray RM. Biologically Inspired Feedback Design for Drosophila Flight. American Control Conference, 2007. ACC '07 , 3395-3401 (2007) doi:10.1109/ACC.2007.4282971

 

2006

Dickson W, Straw AD, Poelma C, Dickinson MH. An Integrative Model of Insect Flight Control. 44th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit (2006) doi:10.2514/6.2006-34

 

2005

Rajesh S, Straw AD, O'Carroll DC, Abbott D. Effect of spatial sampling on pattern noise in insect-based motion detection. Proc. SPIE 5649, Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems II, 811 (March 09, 2005) (2005) doi:10.1117/12.598178

Rajesh S, Straw AD, O'Carroll DC, Abbott D. Effects of compressive nonlinearity on insect-based motion detection. Proc. SPIE 5649, Smart Structures, Devices, and Systems II, 798 (March 09, 2005) (2005) doi:10.1117/12.598177

 

2001

Shoemaker PA, O'Carroll DC, Straw AD. Implementation of visual motion detection with contrast adaptation. Proc. SPIE 4591, Electronics and Structures for MEMS II, 316 (November 21, 2001) (2001) doi:10.1117/12.449162

 

Data

Hellekes K, Villalba S, Stowers JR, Graf A, Panser K, Campione E, Straw AD. A dataset of 3D fly (Drosophila melanogaster) flight trajectories to study the role of neuropeptide degradation in visuo-motor behaviors. doi:10.5281/zenodo.29193 link

 

Online resources

 

Software

FreemooVR - Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals, derived from FlyVR (Python/C++)
VisonEgg - simple visual stimulus generation library (Python)
PyMVG - Python Multiple View Geometry (Python)
Models of Visual Fly Motion Detection and Behavior (Python)
Neuron catalog web application (Javascript/Coffeescript)
FlyMAD - the Fly Mind Altering Device source code (Python)
Motmot Camera Utilities (Python/C/C++)

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