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insect robots

Insect Robotics Group

Insect Robotics Group

Building robots to understand insect behaviour

I am excited to present my work on the incentive circuit of fruit flies at the ‘Neural Circuits and Behaviour of Drosophila’ workshop, from May 28 to June 2 at the Orthodox Academy of Crete, in Greece. I will try to clarify how the dopaminergic plasticity rule works and how it creates interesting memory dynamics […]

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.


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