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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WIRED: Opteran featured in a new @WIRED report covering six key technologies to change the world. See us in the chapter on Biomimicry! https://loom.ly/-UpKGuQ
#biomimicry #artificialintelliegence #drones #robotics #uavs #naturalintelligence #opterantechnology #SLAM

PhD opportunity in excellent lab: Revealing the visual encodings used for navigation by foraging insects https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/revealing-the-visual-encodings-used-for-navigation-by-foraging-insects/?p142475

For over a century, it was thought that insect vision is lo-res, based solely on eye optics. But it turns out that insects have extremely sophisticated tricks to get around this; wonderful work by Joni Kemppainen, Mikko Juusola and team @BrainsOnBoard https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2109717119

'Banned' bee-harming pesticide approved for use, despite expert advice https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-59995387

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Brains on Board Showcase at the Science Museum

Brains on Board project members showed the results of five years of work yesterday at the Project Showcase, in the Science Museum, London. Project spinout Opteran Technologies unveiled their new autonomous aerial system development platform, [...]

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 [...]

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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