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First published 20 July 2015

Probing models of minimal swimming vehicules in vivo with microalgae phototaxis

David Colliaux, Lia Giraud, Claude Yéprémian, Pierre Bessière, and Jacques Droulez


We divert an experimental device from its artistic purpose to test the properties of minimal sensorimotor loops resulting in phototactic behaviour. The study of microalgae like Euglena or Chlamydomonas is coupled with a modeling effort to characterize the swimming behaviour.