insect robots

Insect Robotics Group

Insect Robotics Group

Building robots to understand insect behaviour

Barbara, Evri, and Anna attended the central complex (CX) conference at the Janelia Research Campus last week. Barbara was invited to talk about the group’s computational models that contributed to explaining the role and function of the CX. Anna presented her newest model and data that work towards explaining how honeybees decode their conspecifics’ wiggle […]

Yihe Lu has joined us to work on the ‘Insect-inspired artificial intelligence’ project.

The InsectNeuroNano project officially started! The project is a collaboration with Lund University, the University of Copenhagen, and the University of Groningen. The ambition is to transform the anatomy and function of the insect central complex (CX) into a nanophotonic chip for navigation–from skylight input to neuromorphic nanowires and robotics. Evripidis joins as a part-time […]

Barbara has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

We have  a research associate position available from 1 Jan 2018, to work on developing experimental and modelling tools as part of the BBSRC funded project “Visual navigation in ants: from visual ecology to brain”, in collaboration with the University of Sussex. Details here

Daniela Pacella has joined us to work on the ‘Invisible Cues’ project.

The long-awaited publication of our model of path integration in the central complex.

Our current biology paper was widely reported. See the video!

The final review meeting will be held on 10 February.

Firstly the 10m*10m experimental area was divided into a 1m*1m grid using metallic markers.  This allowed the layout of grass tussock and bushes to be mapped onto squared  paper . This mapping provided the 2D position of all vegetation but not their heights. Thus a  database of panoramic images was collected from which the height […]


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