Tamar Flash is professor at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. She earned her BSc and MSc in Physics from Tel-Aviv University and her PhD in Medical Physics from MIT. Following postdoctoral studies at MIT, she joined the Weizmann Institute (1985). Prof. Flash chaired the department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science (2004-2006). She was a visiting professor at MIT, the College de France, Berkley University and a Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University. In 2016 Prof. Flash was elected as a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Computational neuroscience, especially neural control of movement in humans and biological systems; Developing mathematical models describing how the brain controls movement, focusing on optimization and geometrical approaches; Advanced robotics especially soft robotics and robot humanoids; Action and perception coupling; Movement disorders, e.g., Parkinson’s disease; Movement in artistic expressions.
Movement and the arts
Our research focuses on brain planning and control of movement in humans and on robotics. Our studies combine theoretical and computational approaches with behavioral studies aimed at characterizing goal directed motor behavior. We have also conducted brain imaging studies aimed at unraveling the nature of brain representations of movement in action production and perception and social interactions.
Given the significant roles movement plays in different artistic fields, e.g., fine arts, dance, and music, I will apply some of the insights gained from our research on brain representations of movement, space and time, to address several fundamental questions. These include whether humans' neuroesthetic and emotional responses to form and motion result from the particular nature of such brain representations; whether different artistic modalities use movement, space and time in different ways, or whether there exist common principles, shared by various artistic modalities. This includes collaborations with artists from different artistic domains. I also wish to collaborate and develop these ideas jointly with motor neuroscientists and with mathematicians and roboticists.