Recent Publications

Willis, M.A. et. al (2011). The role of vision in odor-plume tracking by walking and flying insects. The Journal of Experimental Biology. Full Text PDF

Rutkowski et. al (2011). Egomotion estimation with optic flow and air velocity sensors. Biological Cybernetics. Full Text PDF

Taylor et. al (2010). Integrating olfaction, vision and touch to locate fluid-borne odors in diverse and dynamic fitness. ICABB Venice, Italy. Full Text PDF

Rutkowski, A.J., R. Quinn, and M.A. Willis(2009). Three dimensional characterization of the wind-borne pheromone tracking behavior of male hawkmoths, Manduca sexta. J. Comp. Physiol. A. Full Text PDF

Willis, M.A., J.L. Avondet, and A.S. Finnell(2008). Effects of altering flow and odor information on plume tracking behavior in walking cockroaches, Periplaneta americana L.Journal of Experimental Biology. Full Text PDF

Carde, R.T. and M.A. Willis (2008). Navigational strategies used by insects to find distant, wind-borne sources of odor. Journal of chemical ecology.Full Text PDF

M.A. Willis. 2008. Chemical plume tracking behavior in animals and mobile robots. Navigation: The Journal of The Institute of Navigation. Full Text PDF

M.A. Willis. 2008. Odor Plumes and Animal Orientation.The Senses: A Comprehensive Reference. Full Text PDF

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Sane, S.P., A. Dieudonne, M.A. Willis, T.L. Daniel (2007). Antennal Mechanosensors Mediate Flight Control in Moths. Science. Full Text PDF Supplemental Material PDF

Alexander, R.M. et. al (2007). Antennae as Gyroscopes. Science. Full Text PDF

Rutkowski, A.J., M.A. Willis, and R.D. Quinn (2006). Simulated Odor Tracking in a Plane Normal to the Wind Direction. ICRA. Full Text PDF

Rutkowski, A.J., M.A. Willis, and R.D. Quinn (2006). Biologically Inspired Self-motion Estimation using the Fusion of Airspeed and Optical Flow. ICRA. Full Text PDF

Willis, M.A. and J.L. Avondet (2005) Odor-modulated orientation in walking male cockroaches, Periplaneta americana (L.), and the effects of odor plumes of different structure. Journal of Experimental Biology. Full Text PDF

Willis, M.A. (2005) Odor-modulated orientation in insects and artificial systems. Chemical Senses. Full Text PDF

Raguso, R.A. and M.A. Willis (2005) Synergy between visual and olfactory cues in nectar feeding by wild hawkmoths, Manduca sexta. Animal Behavior. Full Text PDF

Edwards, S., A.J. Rutkowski, M.A. Willis, R.D. Quinn (2005).Moth-inspired plume tracking strategies in three-dimensions. ICRA. Full Text PDF

Webb, B., R.R. Harrison and M.A. Willis (2004) Sensorimotor control of navigation in arthropod and artificial systems. Arthropod Structure and Development 33: 301-330. Full Text PDF

Rutkowski, A.J., S. Edwards, M.A. Willis, R.D. Quinn, and G.C. Causey (2004). A robotic platform for testing moth-inspired plume tracking strategies. ICRA. Full Text PDF

Raguso, R. and M. Willis (2003) The importance of olfactory and visual cues in nectar foraging by nocturnal hawkmoths. in: Watt, W., Boggs, C. and Ehrlich, P., eds. "Proceedings of the Third International Congress on Butterfly Ecology and Evolution", Univ. of Chicago Press 43-65. Full Text PDF


Recent seminars, presentations, etc.

(2011) Modulation of Fore-Hind wing overlap in the moth, Manduca sexta. Anna Malec and Mark Willis, Cleveland, Ohio. Poster PDF

Neuroethology (2007) Role of vision in odor tracking behaviors of male American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana. Elizabeth Zheng, Jennifer Avondet, Mark Willis, Vancouver. Poster PDF

Neuroethology (2007) Dynamic simulated odor plume and sensor dynamics in 3-Dimensions. Jennifer Talley, Hillel Chiel, Ed White, and Mark Willis, Vancouver. Poster PDF

Neuroethology (2007) Pheromone-medieated plume tracking behavior in moths: Orientation of M. sexta males along pheromone plumes of increasing width or height. Elizabeth A. Morrison, Jennifer Avondet, Mark A. Willis, Vancouver. Poster PDF

East coast nerve net meeting (2006) Odor tracking based on simple rules: using simulations to understand animal behavior. Jennifer Talley, Hillel J. Chiel, and Mark A. Willis, Woods Hole, MA. Poster Image

Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (2006) Antennal behavior associated with pheromone-modulated behavior in male American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana. Mark A. Willis, Jennifer L. Avondet and Andrew S. Finnell, Atlanta. Poster PDF

Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (2006) Integration of flow and odor orientation enable plume-tracking behavior in walking cockroaches. Mark A. Willis, Jennifer L. Avondet and Andrew S. Finnell, Atlanta. Poster PDF