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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VIRTUAL Junior Scientist Workshop on Mechanistic Cognitive Neuroscience (Nov 15-21, 2020) - Janelia https://janeliaconf.smapply.io/prog/CNW20/?utm_source=Conf+List_Neural+Circuits+%26+Behavior+Labs&utm_campaign=ee4c0f8465-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_21_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0930e46f9e-ee4c0f8465-70117333&mc_cid=ee4c0f8465&mc_eid=021115898d

How do we get our bearings when moving from place to place? To figure out how the brain does it, we dissected the head direction network in fruit flies: https://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(20)30613-9 #ringattractor 1/7

Want to learn more about ant navigation and the role of mushroom bodies in the process? Here is a little dispatch in @CurrentBiology highlighting two recent exciting papers on the topic. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1biLd3QW8Ru8SZ @LundVision

A bee’s brain has only a million neurons (in contrast to our 85 billion), so mapping their brains is informing scientists about larger systems – and the development of AI. @Macquarie_Uni @sheffielduni @DrJimminy#research #PodcastRecommendations


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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 [...]

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; [...]

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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