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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Project spinout @opterantech - led by project PI @DrJimminy and by Dr Alex Cope - has closed their seed round - great to see project research beginning to make a commercial impact...

@DrTNowotny A slightly faster GPU, several small improvements including a more efficient way to record spikes and yeah - we can now run this model quite a bit faster than real-time - even with the additional overheads of driving GeNN from Python rather than C++ (papers pending)

We’re hiring! We seek an excellent software engineer to help us develop our processes and pipelines. Apply to join us at the beginning of our journey: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/1561418768/?refId=274811811604327817176

In this podcast episode I speak about Charles Henry Turner's pioneering work on animal cognition, the barriers he faced in his career for the colour of his skin and the importance of diversity and inclusion in science today


Charles H. Turner, pioneer in animal cognition

An African American scientist’s early discoveries are forgotten for all the wrong reasons


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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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