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Neural Computation

October 1, 2000, Vol. 12, No. 10, Pages 2291-2304
(doi: 10.1162/089976600300014944)
© 2000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A Silicon Implementation of the Fly's Optomotor Control System
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Abstract

Flies are capable of stabilizing their body during free flight by using visual motion information to estimate self-rotation. We have built a hardware model of this optomotor control system in a standard CMOS VLSI process. The result is a small, low-power chip that receives input directly from the real world through on-board photoreceptors and generates motor commands in real time. The chip was tested under closed-loop conditions typically used for insect studies. The silicon system exhibited stable control sufficiently analogous to the biological system to allow for quantitative comparisons.