What if we could design an autonomous flying robot with the navigational and learning abilities of a honeybee?

Such a computationally and energy-efficient autonomous robot would represent a step-change in robotics technology and is precisely what the ‘Brains on Board’ project aims to achieve

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Thrilled to organise a #Insect #Navigation meeting with @InsectNav and Barbara Webb, Aug 4-6. Will be a showcase of the latest research. Will have a rich mix of posters and talks. ECRs and PhD students are strongly encouraged to participate. Register here https://tinyurl.com/y7lbd7hk

Impact of #COVID19 on bee research - survey results... https://coloss.org/news/coloss-survey-impact-of-covid-19-on-research-results/

If you need another reason to register for the awesome CNS 2020 (thanks to a certain virus, now free and online), I'll be presenting a poster on some of my research on GPU-accelerated SNN simulation.

https://cns2020online.sched.com/event/1057acbc359fe7d1db8a53a94a9ca408 @CNSorg #CNS2020Online @sched @BrainsOnBoard @GeNNTeam

So cool! Ants trained in the real world transfer their knowledge to a virtual-reality environment. Lovely validation of these trackball methods @InsectNav

Dr. Alex Cope @opterantech “A real highlight for me was running our first real-world test. I tried to fly a drone at the wall to see if it could turn itself. It worked perfectly...” #drones #UAVs #Artificialintelligence https://twitter.com/sheffielduni/status/1280799006717890565

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Robot Hackathon for Creativity@Home

Using Creativity@Home funds, the Brains on Board project team spent a day working with the Centre for Facilitation on a robot hackathon, to develop their creative problem-solving skills. Three teams worked to try and develop [...]

Active AI grant funded

Members of the Brains on Board team have been awarded a further £1m from EPSRC to collaborate with Australian experts in invertebrate behaviour. The new grant, Active AI, is led by Prof Andy Philippides for [...]

Participation in UKRI review of Artificial Intelligence

Brains on Board project investigators Prof James Marshall, Prof Thomas Nowotny, and Prof Eleni Vasilaki participated in a number of workshops held by UK Research and Innovation, with participation from other research councils and the [...]

Introducing BeeBot V2!

The Brains on Board team in Sheffield Robotics are proud to unveil their new custom research quadcopter, BeeBotV2. Unlike the MiniBeeV1 platform, BeeBotV2 enables on-board brain models, with a modular compute and sensor payload; [...]

Introducing the MiniBee V1!

We have been developing our own quad copters to replicate the senses and flight of honey bees. Minibee is the new smallest member of our quad copter family. With panoramic [...]

The “Brains on Board” team supports open-access publishing and aims to share and disseminate outcomes to researchers and the public alike

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Meet the “Brains on Board” Project Team, Advisory Board, and Partners.

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Research Centres

+ Sheffield Robotics – University of Sheffield

+ Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics – University of Sussex

+ Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology – Queen Mary University of London

+ Department of Biomedical Sciences – University of Sheffield

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