Prof. Dr. Andrew Straw - Curriculum vitae

Contact Details

Address:Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
Institute of Biology I and Bernstein Center Freiburg
Hauptstr. 1
79104 Freiburg
GERMANY
website:strawlab.org
Andrew Straw email:straw@bio.uni-freiburg.de
Andrew Straw office: +49 761 203 67685
Andrew Straw mobile: +49 1575 88 78729
Admin office
Andrea Buderer email:
tierphys@biologie.uni-freiburg.de
Admin office
Andrea Buderer phone:
+49 761 203 2539

Positions, awards and degrees

since 2016Professor, Institute of Biology I & Member, Bernstein Center Freiburg, University of Freiburg, Germany
2012-2017ERC Starting Grant FlyVisualCircuits
2010-2015IMP Fellow, Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, Austria
2004-2010Postdoc, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
2004Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Unversity of Adelaide, Australia
1997Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, Magna Cum Laude, University of Southern California, USA

Publications

Preprints

Peer reviewed journal articles

2017
26. Stowers JR*, Hofbauer M*, Bastien R, Griessner J⁑, Higgins P⁑, Farooqui S⁑, Fischer RM, Nowikovsky K, Haubensak W, Couzin ID, Tessmar-Raible K, Straw AD. Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals. Nature Methods (2017) doi:10.1038/nmeth.4399 See also the FreemoVR website. link to paper
2016
25. Segre PS*, Dakin R*, Read TJG, Straw AD, Altshuler DL. Mechanical constraints on flight at high elevation decrease maneuvering performance of hummingbirds. Current Biology (2016)
24. 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. Current Biology (2016) doi:10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.052 See also the braincode website. Open-Access Link. Pre-print on bioRxiv.
2015
23. 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
22. 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
21. 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
20. 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
19. 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
18. 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
17. 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
16. 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
15. 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
14. 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
13. 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
12. 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
11. 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
10. 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
9. 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
8. 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
7. 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
6. 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
5. Dickson WB, Straw AD, Dickinson MH. Integrative model of Drosophila flight. AIAA Journal (2008) doi:10.2514/1.29862
4. 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
3. 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
2. 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
1. 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
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* equal contribution

⁑ co-corresponding author

Peer reviewed conference papers

2010
7. 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
6. 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
5. 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
4. 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
3. 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
2. 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
1. 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

Braincode website - Automatic segmentations of brain regions based on enhancer clustering. link
FlyMAD - the Fly Mind Altering Device - website. link
Models of Visual Fly Motion Detection and Behavior. link

Software

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