First published July 1 2016
Propagation of rhythmic dorsoventral wave in a neuromechanical model of locomotion in Caernohabditis elegans
Eduardo J. Izquierdo and Randall D. Beer
With 302 neurons and a fully reconstructed connectome, Caernohabditis elegans is an ideal candidate organism to study how behavior is grounded in the interaction between an organism's brain, its body, and its environment. Since nearly its entire behavioral repertoire is expressed through movement, understanding the neuromechanical basis of locomotion is especially critical as a foundation upon which analyses of all other behaviors must build. In this extended abstract, we report on the evolution and analysis of an integrated neuromechanical model of forward locomotion.