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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thanks to @Episode1VC for chatting to @DavidRajan about why we think bees have a better way to do #AI better than #DeepLearning https://twitter.com/Episode1VC/status/1440997584668135427

#Bees are really good at minimizing how far they fly to find food. Mathieu Lihoreau trained🐝s to forage from an array of 5🌼s with equal rewards. Once each bee had formed a stable foraging route (trapline), we introduced a single highly rewarding🌼to see how routes might change

Pleasure talking to @Sherryn_G about the limitations of current approaches to AI, and how @opterantech is moving beyond them… https://twitter.com/Sherryn_G/status/1414429146248146946

The awards keep on coming! Very proud to announce we’re among the 2021 RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award Honorees by @RoboticBusiness it’s great to see Natural Intelligence recognised for its potential to overcome the problems of #deeplearning https://bit.ly/3gBzETr #robotics #AI

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Honeybees can solve maths test without using numbers

Research conducted jointly between the University of Sheffield and international collaborators has provided insight into the mathematical cognition of the honeybee. The research found that honeybees could use continuous, non-numerical cues to solve a maths [...]

Opteran closes £2.1m seed round

Brains on Board project spinout Opteran Technologies today announced its £2.1m seed funding round, led by IQ Capital, with participation from Episode 1, Seraphim, and Join. The investment will enable them to further develop and [...]

AAAS UKRI International Reception

Members of the Brains on Board team were invited to present at the UKRI International Reception, as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science's 2020 Annual Meeting in Seattle. The world's largest [...]

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 [...]

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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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