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insect robots

Insect Robotics Group

Insect Robotics Group

Building robots to understand insect behaviour

Category: News & Project Updates

Here we list posts announcing our recent activities and upcoming events.

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 […]

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.

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

The final review meeting will be held on 10 February.

The app should be in a working state, so now we shall do some very simple edits of the code. To set this up properly, instantiate all 4 example modules as descrbied in the previous tutorial, call the Haferlach PI “HF” when registering it. Tweaking the Combiner (Adjusting Weightings) If you open up the WeightedCombiner […]

Now that you have the projects set up and ready to start development, it is time to examine the code itself. This post will cover ‘wiring up’ an App with the pre-packaged combiners and navigation modules. What is Pre-Packaged? With the AntBot codebase comes with 2 combiners and 4 navigation modules. The ‘Simple Combiner’ ignores […]

This guide expects you to have basic familiarity with Eclipse. Download the project from GitHub Download Android Studio, Eclipse & Arduino IDE To begin with, download Android Studio and follow the instructions on the site – on Linux you may need to install extra packages so this is particularly important. To compile the AntBotServer […]

  Above we can see AntBot ‘in the flesh. Ignoring the lego framework that supports the camera, to assemble your own AntBot you need the following*:   *You will also need some standard issue male-female copper wires to connect the boards as well as a Serial-USB cable to connect the Arduino to the smartphone. The […]


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